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The Well-Dressed Hobo : The Many Wondrous Adventures of a Man Who Loves Trains

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Growing up in the bustling railroad town of Norfolk, Virginia, and joining his conductor grandfather on overnight runs, future Fortune journalist Rush Loving was enchanted with railroads at an early age. In this extraordinary inside look at eight decades of the railroad industry and some of its greatest leaders, Loving reminisces about his colorful people and fascinating anecdotes. Chatting with brakemen, engineers, and executives, Loving shares stories he collected in locomotive cabs, business cars, executive suites and even the White House. They paint a compelling, intimate portrait of the railroad industry and its leaders, both inept and visionary. Above all, Loving tells stories of the dedicated men and women who truly love trains and know the industry from the rails up.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 27.94mm | 762g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 19 b&w illus., 3 maps
  • 0253020638
  • 9780253020635

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This and other executive suite stories make this book one that is both insightful and entertaining. * The Michigan Railfan * If you did not grow up loving trains, you will after reading this memoir. . . . A historic account both sentimental and highly informative. * Inside Jersey * This book is a fascinating inside look at the railroad industry over eight decades. . . . Loving shares stories he collected in locomotive cabs, business cars, executive suites and even the White House. They paint a compelling, intimate portrait of the railroad indsutry and its leaders, both inept and visionary. Above all, Loving tells stories of the dedicated men and women who truly love trains and know the indstury from the rails up. * Sn3 Modeler * If you've always been intrigued by trains - if, from an early age, the sound of a distant whistle, the sight of a train pulling into a station or simply the memory of a train streaking across an open landscape has kindled a sense of adventure - Rush Loving Jr.'s The Well-Dressed Hobo is for you. And if you did not grow up fascinated with trains, you will be after reading his engaging memoir. * Star-Ledger * A rail fan's dream book. . . Highly recommended. * Choice * Loving has been interested in trains since childhood and has been in the enviable position of being able to earn a living from his passion in life. Here, the author provides an insiders look at the railroad industry over the past eight decades and shares many reminiscences of the titans of industry that he came to know personally. * Michigan Railfan *show more

About Rush Loving

Rush Loving Jr. is former associate editor of Fortune and former business editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He is author of The Men Who Loved Trains (IUP, 2006). Loving served as assistant director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Jimmy Carter and worked as a consultant specializing in transportation economics, issues before Congress, and corporate communication problems.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Introduction: A Mix of Love and Luck1. Rumbling up the Horseshoe2. Averell Harriman and His Streamliner3. Sin and the Aspiring Reporter4. Al Perlman Buys a Hill5. The Country Boy Who Was King of Florida6. Wooing Bankers With A Railway Car7. The Locomotive That Sashayed8. The `Token Yokel' Meanders North9. The Biggest Railroad Story of Them All10. `The Greatest Thing Since Sex and Watermelon'11. The Merger That Worked12. The Dinner Debate With Graham Claytor13. The Steadfast Colonel And the Unsteady Rock 14. `Who Knows Hays Watkins?'15. A Modern Annie Oakley Takes on Lou Menk16. The Lawyers's Son from Buffalo17. `Hays Must Not Know'18. J. B. Hunt Takes a Ride On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe19. Two Empty Limousines20. `They Nod off Regularly on the Job'21. Deja vu Once More22. Their Greatest TaskIndexshow more

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