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Set Up Running: The Life of a Pennsylvania Railroad Engineman 1904-1949

Orr, John W.

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ISBN 10: 0271020563 / ISBN 13: 9780271020563
Edité par Pennsylvania State Univ Pr, University Park, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 2005
Neuf(s) Etat : New Couverture rigide
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Later printing. Hardcover with DJ. Condition new, DJ as new. 8vo, 374 pages. DJ not clipped. No markings of any kind. Not a reminder. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. N° de réf. du libraire 006416

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Titre : Set Up Running: The Life of a Pennsylvania ...

Éditeur : Pennsylvania State Univ Pr, University Park, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Date d'édition : 2005

Reliure : Hardcover

Etat du livre :New

Etat de la jaquette : As New

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Synopsis :

A fascinating account of the life and career of a Pennsylvania Railroad locomotive engineer as told by his son.

"An engaging book, one likely to become a railroad classic. The major strength of Set Up Running is detail, particularly when it involves locomotives, train movements, and patterns of operation. Especially enjoyable are the depictions of Orr as a loyal Pennsylvania Railroad employee and of his overall pride of workmanship." —H. Roger Grant, Clemson University

"One of my earliest recollections involves the railroad, a plaintive whistle, and my mother stating that my father would soon be home. And it wasn’t long before that large man, clad in blue overalls, came through the door with his travel bag, which he promptly set on the kitchen floor so he could pick me up. There was a strange smell on his overclothes, but it was not offensive, and it was one that I later learned belonged to a steam engine. So from very early in my life I developed an avid interest in the steam engine." —John W. (Jack) Orr

Set Up Running tells the story of a Pennsylvania Railroad locomotive engineer, Oscar P. Orr, who operated steam-powered freight and passenger trains throughout Central Pennsylvania and South Central New York. From 1904 to 1949, Orr sat at the controls of many famous steam locomotives; moved trains loaded with coal, perishables, and other freight; and encountered virtually every situation a locomotive engineer of that era could expect to see.

John W. (Jack) Orr, Oscar’s son, tells his father’s story, which begins at the Central Steam Heating Plant in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. Oscar operated nearly every kind of steam locomotive the Pennsylvania Railroad owned, working from the bottom of the roster to the top position (number one in seniority). Orr has an ear for detail, and a vivid memory. He tells about his father’s first encounter with an automobile along the right-of-way, about what it was like to operate a train in a blizzard, and about the difficulties railroadmen encountered in stopping a trainload of tank cars loaded with oil in order to take on water and coal-among many other stories in the author’s large memory bank.

This compelling railroad history will enthrall not only everyone in the railroad community but also the general reader interested in railroads and trains, past and present.

About the Author:

John W. Orr graduated from Penn State University in 1949. He lives in Ralston, Pennsylvania.

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Art, Architecture, World an American history, First editions

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