One track Beatrice OBrien

ISBN: 9780964826205

Published: November 1st 1995

Paperback

245 pages


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One track  by  Beatrice OBrien

One track by Beatrice OBrien
November 1st 1995 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 245 pages | ISBN: 9780964826205 | 6.17 Mb

One Track is a railroad story. It is a true story: the personal journey of a railroad wife and her husband, a railroader for over forty years who rose through the ranks from a lowly call-boy for the Erie Railroad to the head of Purchasing and StoresMoreOne Track is a railroad story. It is a true story: the personal journey of a railroad wife and her husband, a railroader for over forty years who rose through the ranks from a lowly call-boy for the Erie Railroad to the head of Purchasing and Stores for the now-merged Erie-Lackawanna at their national headquarters.

Woven into the narrative is the untold and largely unknown history of what happened to the railroads of the Northeastern United States- the rise and wane of railroad grandeur- its day-to-day struggles and its final downfall. Beginning in 1927, the author recalls the boom of an empire to the years of its decline. As the wife of a railroader, the author rode the rails for over thirty years, traveling on the Phoebe Snow as a hostess, listening carefully to railroad stories and lore.

As a journalist and writer, OBrien documented facts and experiences about the struggles of the railroads during the Great Depression and the role World War II played in its partial comeback while transporting troops and supplies. It includes personal observations and tales from the railroad community about the post war struggles, the regulation of the government, and the final cruelties of Mother Nature in the floods of 1955 and 1972 which contributed to the demise of the giants of the railroad industry.

This is a first-hand account of the joys and frustrations of a railroad family struggling through a changing and dying dynasty, told by one who cared deeply about the downfall of the giants of an industry.



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