I have a few railroad memoirs – books written by railroaders about their careers, as opposed to railroad histories. I really enjoy them and I often something about railroading that I can apply to my layout.
I thought others might enjoy some of these as well, so I’m posting a list here. If you’re looking for any of these, I suggest searching on the Advanced Book Exchange, as a number of them are out of print.
Cy Crumley and Kenneth Riddle, Cy Crumley’s TWEETSIE (ISBN not given)
Ninety years on the narrow gauge East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad.
Ralph Fisher, Vanishing Markers (ISBN 0-8289-0287-9)
Stories by a retired railroader from the Boston and Maine Railroad.
JF Frana, Trains Don’t Fly (ISBN 978-0-9827-4710-0)
Stories by a retired dispatcher on The Milwaukee Road.
Marc Frattasio, Dining on the Shore Line Route (ISBN 1-883089-83-2)
Heavy emphasis on food service workers, especially women.
Gilbert A Lathrop, Little Engines and Big Men (ISBN not given)
Tales of various Colorado narrow gauge lines, worked by the author’s father and uncle.
Stuart Leuthner, The Railroaders (ISBN 0-394-51861-6)
Thirty-three first person accounts.
Larry Marnes, Doubling Over (ISBN 0-8062-3057-6)
Stories by a former railroader on the Delaware and Hudson Railroad.
RM Neal, High Green and the Bark Peelers: The Story of Engineman Henry A. Beaulieu and his Boston and Maine Railroad (ISBN not given)
An unusual entry in this list, as it was not written by a railroader – but was written about one by a professor from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. That counts in my book.
John W. Orr, Set Up Running (ISBN 0-271-02056-3)
The life of a Pennsylvania Railroad Engineman 1904–1949.
Herbert Sitt, I Remember (ISBN 0-9691-6070-4)
Stories by a retired railroader from the Canadian Pacific Railroad.
Dana Adams Story, Daily Except Sunday: The Diaries of a Nineteenth Century Locomotive Engineer (ISBN 1-889020-16-8)
Stories from a collection of 43 diaries kept by Philip T. Adams, who worked on the Essex Branch of the Boston and Maine Railroad. The book was written by his grandson.
If you have other favourites, drop me a line using the Comments function on this post. Provide the same information I have, and I’ll add them to the list as time permits. (And a big thank you to those who have already done so – the list is growing fast!)