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The Boomer: A Story of the Rails


Publisher:Univ Of Minnesota Press



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Eddie Sand is railroading with a capital R. A boomer, Eddie travels the country making a living as a telegraph operator wherever he finds himself. Never content to sit behind a desk or undertake the upkeep of a blonde, Eddies courage, restlessness, and cunning lead him to high adventure. Harry Bedwells The Boomer portrays an elite fraternity of railroad menmen who were driven by one of the defining elements of the American character: a desire to wander. They were the glamour and glory of railroading, and no one was better equipped to tell their story than Bedwell. He reveals the behind-the-scenes battles that were fought to keep the trains running. This edition also includes a glossary of railroad slang and a bibliography of Bedwells work. Originally published in 1942, Harry Bedwells The Boomer is widely considered the best railroad novel ever written. An exciting yarn in sinewy prose . . . it has almost everything except sound effects.  New York Herald Tribune Harry Bedwell (18881955) is the author of more than sixty short stories. The Boomer is his only novel. James D. Porterfield is the author of several books, including From the Dining Car: The Recipes and Stories behind Todays Greatest Rail Dining Experiences.

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