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As the USA, carried alongside via the increasing rail procedure, moved westward within the 19th century, few occupations appeared extra interesting or romantic than that of railroad engineer. And within the mountains and plains of the West, lengthy hours, backbreaking hard work, sour temperatures, and defective brakes have been the crucible during which the simplest of the early railroaders have been shaped: in basic terms the main committed and expert males handed the exams the narrow-gauge traces of Colorado meted out. In Goin' Railroading, Sam Speas tells the tale of his father, Sam Speas Sr., who left Missouri in 1883 to turn into an engineer in Colorado, and recounts his personal reviews and people of his brothers and fellow railroaders at the Colorado and Southern Railway, from the golden period of the narrow-gauge strains in South Park to the ultimate days of steam strength at the entrance diversity and the arriving of the diesel engine.
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My father and his brothers operated all of them. In this book, first published in 1985, my father recounts his own experiences and those of his father and brothers in taking the trains through the mountains and across the plains of Colorado. He tells of the everyday hazards railroaders faced: long hours and backbreaking labor; winter blizzards and bitter temperatures, faulty brakes and runaways down the mountainside. He tells of the courage and dedicationand often gallantrythe men and their families brought to the task of keeping the trains running.
In the twenty-five years since its founding, Boulder had grown from a clump of log cabins where a few prospectors lived to a town of 3,000 that included businessmen, teachers, doctors, lawyers, miners, and railroaders. Neighborhoods of frame bungalows and brick mansions, with hitching posts in front, stretched north and east from the Pearl Street business district. Maple, locust, and cottonwood trees grew everywhere. Around the trunks were sturdy wooden boxes that protected the bark from the town's horses.
Any errors that may have crept past his notes and into this manuscript are mine, not his. He knew what he was talking about. Page 1 Chapter One Goin' Railroading When the Kansas Pacific passenger train pulled into Denver Union Station near the end of May 1883, my father, the first Sam Speas, was aboard. Twenty-six years old, standing just under six feet tall, with broad shoulders and bright red hair, he had come to Colorado to go railroading. He had left Kansas City thirty-six hours earlier, riding across the plains in a red plush chair, his gripsack bouncing in the rack overhead.
Goin' Railroading: Two Generations of Colorado Stories by Margaret Coel, Visit Amazon's Sam Speas Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Sam Speas,