On the Iron at Big Cloud- Frank L. Packard
On the Iron at Big Cloud presents engaging short stories about a mountain division railroad town and its people. Big Cloud was the headquarters for the "Mountain Division" in the early days of western railroading. Through a series of gripping short stories, the author introduces readers to many people who built the road, drove the trains, created the schedules, fixed the equipment, interfered with the operation, or were family or neighbors to the railroaders. These are short stories about the difficult living and working conditions on the rails during a rough, harsh time. Each character portrayed in the stories has its own unique story to tell, and not a single person, from the higher class to the lower, is too big or too small to be worth looking into. The characterization is so realistic that the readers can relate to their stories and feel what they go through.
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