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“A vivid memoir” of a long career in the industry, packed with color photos
( Classic Trains ).
Named one of the “75 People You Should Know” by Trains Magazine , Jim
McClellan was a railroading legend and one of the railroad industry’s titans.
An iconic and innovative executive, McClellan participated in the creation of
both Amtrak and Conrail and worked for the Norfolk Southern, the New York
Central, US Railway Association, and the Federal Railroad Administration.
My Life with Trains combines a world-class photographer’s love of
railroading with the insights of a government and railroad official. The book
provides a short historical overview of the changes in the industry, recounts
McClellan’s experience at various railroads, and offers personal reflections
on a lifetime of working with and chasing trains. Expertly detailed with over
250 stunning color photographs, My Life with Trains covers sixty years as
observed by a legendary railroad strategist.
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Jim McClellan has gathered up a treasure trove of inside stories and tells
them with precision and gusto. This book should be required reading for anyone
seriously interested in the "whos," "hows," and "whys" of recent railroad
history. (Herb Harwood author of The Railroad That Never Was: Vanderbilt,
Morgan, and the South Pennsylvania Railroad )
Jim McClellan is one of the most widely known and respected railroaders of my
generation and few have had more direct involvement in the major
reorganization of the industry. McClellan’s personal observations will be
extremely useful for anyone who wonders how and why the railroad industry has
made such a complete turnaround in the past 30-40 years. This book is an
excellent read and a valuable research tool. (Tom Hoback retired Founder and
CEO, Indiana Rail Road )
Jim McClellan dives into his treasure chest of reminisces and describes in
rich detail an excellent and fresh view of American railroading during the
last half of the 20th century. The book’s real beauty is the air of innocence
and charm that is created by McClellan’s unvarnished view of events and the
world in general. McClellan’s photos are also exceptional and will serve as a
handy guide for any rail buff or historian. (Rush Loving, Jr. author of The
Well-Dressed Hobo: The Many Wondrous Adventures of a Man Who Loves Trains )
The shared experiences and observations of Jim McClellan from both a public
and private sector perspective lend the reader an appreciation for the state
of our interwoven freight and passenger systems. My Life with Trains
capsulizes rail industry planning dynamics and the evolving accomplishments
during an era of financial weakness to the emerging Renaissance. (Ronald L.
Batory President & Chief Operating Officer, Conrail)
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