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Held for Orders Being Stories of Railroad Life   By: (1859-1937)

Held for Orders Being Stories of Railroad Life by Frank H. Spearman

Held for Orders is a remarkable collection of stories that vividly brings to life the thrilling world of railroad life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Authored by Frank H. Spearman, an acclaimed writer and railroad engineer, this book offers a captivating glimpse into the adventures, challenges, and dangers faced by those who worked on the ever-advancing iron horses.

Spearman's deep knowledge and personal experience in the industry shine through in each of the stories presented. He skillfully captures the passion and dedication of the railroad workers, drawing readers into their world with his evocative descriptions of the steam and smoke, the rumbling engines, and the sprawling landscapes that served as their canvas.

One of the most compelling aspects of the book is the wide variety of characters Spearman brings to life. From grizzled train engineers to stoic conductors, and from daring brakemen to valiant station agents, each character is richly developed and uniquely portrayed. It is through their eyes and experiences that we witness the excitement and danger of the job, fostering a deep connection and empathy with these unsung heroes of the railroad.

The stories themselves are engaging and diverse, transporting readers to different eras, settings, and situations. From the wild west to urban jungles, Spearman explores various aspects of the railroad industry, including the construction of new lines, the perils of railroad heists, and even the heartwarming moments of love and friendship that blossomed amid this chaotic and unforgiving environment. Each tale carries its own tension, drama, and emotions, making the reading experience highly enjoyable from start to finish.

Furthermore, Spearman's passion for the railroad industry is contagious. He effortlessly uncovers the allure and mystique that surrounded this powerful transportation system. Whether it be describing the immense power and beauty of the locomotives or eloquently portraying the camaraderie and loyalty shared by railroad workers, Spearman instills a sense of awe and admiration for this pivotal chapter in American history.

In terms of the writing style, Spearman's prose is straightforward yet incredibly immersive. He wastes no time in delving into the heart of each story, effectively creating a sense of urgency and excitement that mirrors the breakneck speed of the trains themselves. Although some passages might feel slightly dated due to the book's original publication date, the spirit and essence of the narratives remain timeless and enthralling.

Ultimately, Held for Orders is a compelling collection that offers a unique window into the realm of railroad life. Spearman's expertise and the genuine love he held for the industry shine through in every word, captivating readers and reminding us of the men and women who helped shape the nation through their tireless efforts on the rail. This book is a must-read for history enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and anyone eager to be transported to a bygone era defined by the power and allure of the railroad.

First Page:

Held for Orders

Being Stories of Railroad Life

By Frank H. Spearman

Illustrations by JAY HAMBIDGE

New York McCLURE, PHILLIPS & COMPANY MCMI

COPYRIGHT, 1900, BY S. S. MCCLURE CO. 1901, BY MCCLURE, PHILLIPS & CO.

First impression, October, 1901

Second impression, November, 1901

To John Francis Cordeal

[Illustration: Shockley]

Contents

THE SWITCHMAN'S STORY SHOCKLEY

THE WIPER'S STORY HOW MCGRATH GOT AN ENGINE

THE ROADMASTER'S STORY THE SPIDER WATER

THE STRIKER'S STORY MCTERZA

THE DESPATCHER'S STORY THE LAST ORDER

THE NIGHTMAN'S STORY BULLHEAD

THE MASTER MECHANIC'S STORY DELAROO

THE OPERATOR'S STORY DE MOLAY FOUR

THE TRAINMASTER'S STORY OF THE OLD GUARD

THE YELLOW MAIL STORY JIMMIE THE WIND

Illustrations

Shockley

Chris

Cooney

Hailey

McTerza

Old Man Nicholson

Dave Hawk

Jimmie the Wind

Held for Orders

The Switchman's Story

SHOCKLEY

"He's rather a bad lot, I guess," wrote Bucks to Callahan, "but I am satisfied of one thing you can't run that yard with a Sunday school superintendent. He won't make you any trouble unless he gets to drinking. If that happens, don't have any words with him ... Continue reading book >>




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