Hell Of A Way To Run A Railroad

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Early in Joe Harris?s railroad career, one of his supervisors told him, ?You have to blow your own horn; nobody?s going to blow it for you.? Harris tried to live by these words. And in this memoir, he also describes blowing a horn of another sort?that of a railroad engineer. Hell of a Way to Run a Railroad recaps Harris?s thirty-six-year stint working on the railroad?from his debut as an electrician?s helper in 1969 with the Burlington Northern Railroad to ...

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Overview

About the Book

Early in Joe Harris’s railroad career, one of his supervisors told him, “You have to blow your own horn; nobody’s going to blow it for you.” Harris tried to live by these words. And in this memoir, he also describes blowing a horn of another sort—that of a railroad engineer. Hell of a Way to Run a Railroad recaps Harris’s thirty-six-year stint working on the railroad—from his debut as an electrician’s helper in 1969 with the Burlington Northern Railroad to becoming an engineer in 1974. In his thirty years working as a locomotive engineer, Harris hit twenty vehicles and killed three people with the train. With a focus toward safety, Harris discusses becoming a volunteer presenter with Operation Lifesaver, a program designed to help save people’s lives around railroad tracks. Including a comprehensive glossary of railroad terminology, Hell of a Way to Run a Railroad presents a fascinating look into the many and varied facets of working on the railroad with both passenger trains and freight trains—from the interesting locals to the quirky co-workers.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426914768
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/22/2009
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2009

    Railroad Safety

    An interesting book that chronicles the life of the author and also provides much-needed attention to safety issues within the industry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2009

    Awesome Book

    This book is well written and very interesting. It gives you knowledge that could save your life and provides the reader with a hands on feel for driving the train and all that goes with it. There is a lot of Rail Roading experience provided so you feel as if you were there. The changes that took place in the career of the author and the way life is on the RR is definativly detailed. Very compelling insight and the wit to absorb all that knowledge and express if so vividly. Very good reading and keeps you going to the end. Well balanced Well written an Overall Outstanding book to enjoy.

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