This book is produced as a print-on-demand book. The quality of the printing and photograph reproduction is good, but it is not excellent as offset printing can be.
This book will take you back to a time before 911 and injury lawyers ruined hanging out around the railroad. I too had a few cab rides before becoming a railroader myself and in this book you see some of the public catching a ride. We used to have Santa up in the cab of a yard engine in locally and the children would get up on the engine to go see Santa. Not anymore! You can read about some tales and get a feel for what it was like back in the 'old days'.
Hometown Rails is a collection of stories of Southern Pacific's Los Angeles Division from the 1960s through the 1990s. These stories, photographs with informative captions, and documents provided by professional railroaders and local rail enthusiasts give readers an inside look into the operations and personalities that made up L.A.'s Friendly Southern Pacific.
Contents:The Spirit of the West, Cowboys and Cab Rides, pp. 9-20;Family Ties, pp. 21-42;The Bakersfield and Mojave Subdivisions, pp. 43-65;San Fernando, pp. 66-71;The Colton and Santa Barbara Subdivisions, pp. 72-97;Sugar High, pp. 98-105;Switchers and Locals, pp. 106-131;The Burbank Branch, pp. 132-143;Coming of Age at the End of an Era, pp. 144-168;The Friendly Southern Pacific, pp. 169-185;Southern Pacific Trains Through the Years - A Pictorial, pp. 186-212;Epilogue: Be a Blessing to Others, pp. 213-230;Appendix (various switch lists, industry spot diagrams and other railroad emphemera, pp. 231-246.
Softcover, 246 pages and 402 photosgraphs, 351 in color.