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Tucson Was a Railroad Town: The Days of Steam in the Big Burg on the Main Line

Kalt III, William D.

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ISBN 10: 0971991545 / ISBN 13: 9780971991545
Published by VTD Rail Publishing, Mountlake Terrace, WA, 2007
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Tight binding, wraps curling up only slightly, corners and edges have minor wear and bumps. Interior is clean and unmarked other than the author's signature on the title page and "#46" written in sharpie in the top right corner. Chronicles the exciting history of the Steam Locomotive and the Southern Pacific Railway in Tucson, Arizona. 335 pages including index. Bookseller Inventory # 19299

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Title: Tucson Was a Railroad Town: The Days of ...

Publisher: VTD Rail Publishing, Mountlake Terrace, WA

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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color laminated softcover 8.5x11", 345 pages. "Join the author for an exciting journey through the Age of Steam Locomotives in a western railroad town. "As much a part of Western lore as the Cowboy, Railroaders built towns like Tucson across the West. Their culture bred myths and legends that survive today in story and song. Jump aboard for a ride across an epoch now fifty years behind us. "Using 400 never-before-published photographs and anecdotes, the book tells of the camaraderie, tragedy, human drama, heroic actions, and just plain hard work of this historic era." Table of Contents 1 Fire in the Pueblo and Tucson's Renaissance 1898 15 The Legend of Pay Car Curve and the Forward Thrust of a Railroad in a City on the Move 32 I'll Meet You in the Cornfield: The Tragic Train Wreck of 1903 45 A Railroad Is as a Railroad Does: Full Steam Ahead 64 Inventors, Wandering Willies, and Unique Souls: Something in the Desert Air 83 Colonel Epes Randolph: Dynamic Railroad Man of the Southwest 103 And the Beat Goes On: Rail Competition, Humanity, and World War I 121 The Shops: Throbbing Heart of a Mighty Railroad 143 Southern Pacific Political Punch: Power Across the Decades 160 Stallions of Steel: Firemen and Oil Burners on the Tucson Division 174 Oh, for the Life of an Engineer: Hoghead Heaven in the Arizona Desert 192 The Black Cavalry of Commerce: U.S. Mail, Ores, and Cattle 211 The Human Cargo and 'Grape Trains': A Dangerous Job, that Railroading 235 The Eviscerous Octopus: Everybody's Workin' on the Railroad 256 On the Ground in the Tucson Division: Seniority, Nepotism, and Racist Realities 272 World War and Strong Women: A Different Tucson 288 The Day the Music Died: From 'Ch, ch, ch, Boom!' to 'Whrrr' in the Blink of an Eye 307 References 321 The Value of a dollar 321 Oral History Records 322 Index 333 Photo Index 334 About the Dixon Lunettes 335 About the Author

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