Burlington Route West

Burlington Route West

A Personal Journey

By Joseph C. Hardy

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Burlington Route West is an account of Joseph C. Hardy's personal journey through life as an employee for the historic Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad. The journey encompassed the Sandhills of western Nebraska, the Black Hills of South Dakota and the High Plains of eastern Colorado. During his varied career as a brakeman, depot telegraph operator and train dispatcher, Joe witnessed the last years of service by the romance-inspiring steam locomotive. He encountered a colorful cast of fellow employees who kept the "Q" running on schedule. Using his skills as both an accomplished photographer and writer, Joe provides a nostalgic look at the human personalities and magnificent machines that were needed to run a railroad in the middle years of the 20th century.

ISBN: 0-942035-56-9

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Praise for this book:

"It's a fitting conclusion to (Hardy's) career. In his own way he has done much to preserve the history of his time on the railroad."

-- Nebraska History

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