By 1985, many of the larger U.S. and Canadian railroads began hiring outside contractors to transport train crews to their rest terminals following the end of their legally limited 12 hours of work, and to otherwise assist them in their work duties. The author of this book, Darrell Wendt, was employed eight years (2000-2008) as a crew van driver with one of these contractors, Renzenberger, Inc.
He worked out of the firm's Council Bluffs Region, which covered about a 280-mile radius of Omaha, Neb., and Council Bluffs, Iowa. Writing about a little-known part of modern railroading, Darrell uses sincerity and humor to describe what it was like to be a train crew hauler for the Union Pacific and other rail companies. The book is illustrated with more than 75 Black-and-White photographs taken by the author.
South Platte Press, softcover, 104 pages, smaller portrait format, Black-and-White photographs.