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All Aboard with E.M. Frimbo: World's Greatest Railroad Buff
International in scope, this series of non-fiction trade paperbacks offers books that explore the lives, customs and thoughts of peoples and cultures around the world.
Paperback, 388 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Kodansha
(first published 1974)
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E. M. Frimbo is the pseudonym of Rogers E.M.. Whitaker, perhaps the most avid passenger railroad train fan ever (well, maybe, if you exclude myself.) His interest originated in childhood. His father traveled for business often and the young Whitaker would plot out the best route for his parent, soon accumulating stacks and piles of schedules. Before long, riding the rails had become an obsession and he set a goal of riding every passenger rail conveyance in the United States - he even included i ...more
Apr 25, 2015 Kate Blumenthal rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who like character
Recommended to Kate by: Fred
Lots of fun. Maybe a few more timetables than I could follow (my eyes glazed over) but a lovely story threaded through the colorful reminiscences. Rogers and his brother Francis are remarkable, inspiring individuals. I enjoyed reading Frimbo's Peak, a New Yorker story about Francis, a world famous blacksmith artist, forging a memorial to his brother and installing it on the highest point of passenger railroad in the contiguous 48 states. It was Frimbo's last journey and a fitting one.