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The Boomer: A Story of the Rails

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Eddie Sand is railroading with a capital R. A “boomer,” Eddie travels the country making a living as a telegraph operator wherever he finds himself. Never content to sit behind a desk or undertake “the upkeep of a blonde,” Eddie’s courage, restlessness, and cunning lead him to high adventure. Harry Bedwell’s The Boomer portrays an elite fraternity of railroad men—men who w ...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published September 19th 2006 by Univ Of Minnesota Press
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Dave
Aug 24, 2012 rated it liked it
This is the fictional (with probably autobiographical elements) story of Eddie Sands, a boomer, an itinerant skilled railroad worker who followed the development booms wrought by the iron road. Sands is a very skilled brass-pounder (telegraph operator).

The episodic nature of this novel is probably due to many of the chapters having been originally stand alone short stories (the novel as a whole was first published in 1942 while some parts had been published as early as 1936). Because of this, w
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Ronald
Nov 26, 2007 rated it really liked it
A wonderfully elegant, episodic telling of a story on the rails. Some call this the best of its genre; I'd not be contrary.
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