Monday, February 4, 2019

The Language of the Railroader by Ramon F. Adams


Fish: To dislodge a tramp from the rods by dragging a piece of metal tied to a string under the car to make it rebound from the ties.
Ramon F. Adams, one of the great historians of the west provides this companion piece to his book Western Words [also reviewed on this blog.]
It is chockful of old railroad and tramp/hobo lingo.
Historians of the Old West, writers, or simply the railroad curious will find much to enjoy in a browse of this fine volume.
Or as a railroader might say, it has its head cut in and never shows the white feather!

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