Main Line – 50 Years of Railroading with the Southern Pacific are a collection of experiences of Ernest L. King. Ernest King started with Southern Pacific (SP) railroad in the 1890s and retired as an assistant to the vice president in 1945. Mr. King went from a telegrapher to a dispatcher, to superintendent of telegraph for the whole Southern Pacific system. During his career he also was the supervisor of two divisions and finally the assistant to the vice president of the whole railroad. Mr. King’s stories are told by Robert E. Mahaffay, a former Seattle Newspaperman.
In Main Line – 50 Years of Railroading with the Southern Pacific he reminisces about E. H. Harriman and about doing the job working on the railroad. There are stories about Wells Fargo Company becoming unwittingly involved in the white slave trade in the little California town of Sisson. There are accounts of robbers and holdup men. And there are eyewitness accounts of famous train wrecks.
Main Line – 50 Years of Railroading with the Southern Pacific has stories about how the San Francisco fire of 1906 created havoc on rail traffic all the way back to Wyoming. One of the most dramatic chapters concern the great Imperial Valley Flood. It tells how Southern Pacific engineers and crew forced the raging Colorado River back into its channel. Main Line is a railroad man’s railroad book. Mr. Mahaffay makes Mr. King’s stories come alive.
Main Line – 50 Years of Railroading with the Southern Pacific is about Mr. King’s experiences from the 1890s until he retired as a supervisor in 1945. He writes about how the Southern Pacific dealt with disasters as a firsthand observer. Mr. King’s stories are about the men who have made the Southern Pacific tick. If you like the history of the Southern Pacific told from experience, you will love his stories.
The book is in very good condition but there is no dust jacket.