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Culled from the 20 years she spent traveling the American West as a freight. Culled from the 20 years she spent traveling the American West as a freight brakeman and conductor, Linda Grant Niemann's Railroad Noir delves into the darker side of railroading. The 1990s were a time of crisis for workers caught in the breakup of the Southern Pacific Railroad. Photographer Joel Jensen realizes Niemann's vision of the working West with images of cowboy bars, blue motels, and railroaders working in electrical storms, white-outs, and desert heat waves.

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Culled from the 20 years she spent traveling the American West as a freight brakeman and conductor, Linda Grant Niemann's Railroad Noir delves into the darker side of railroading. The 1990s were a time of crisis for workers caught in the breakup of the Southern Pacific Railroad. Niemann's tales of exhaustion, alcoholism, homelessness, and corporate blundering present a revelatory account of railroading life. Photographer Joel Jensen realizes Niemann’s vision of the working West with images of cowboy bars, blue motels, and railroaders working in electrical storms, white-outs, and desert heat waves. The result is an honest, gritty, and striking collaboration.

Railroad Noir: The American West at the End of the Twentieth Century (Railroads Past and Present) epub download

ISBN13: 978-0253354464

ISBN: 0253354463

Author: Linda G. Niemann,Joel Jensen

Category: Transportation

Subcategory: Transportation

Language: English

Publisher: Indiana University Press; First Edition edition (May 11, 2010)

Pages: 168 pages

ePUB size: 1626 kb

FB2 size: 1318 kb

Rating: 4.4

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Hystana
"Railroad Noir" easily has the highest production values in this railfan/reviewer's experience. The publisher has obviously decided to back authoress Niemann to the hilt and it shows. The typesetting, layout and photography are superb throughout. How many publications have we read where corners were cut? Not here!

The railroad life, as depicted so honestly here, is not a glamorous one. Shifts are filled with hard, dirty, gritty and often dangerous days and night on the rails. The work is often chaotic as when Niemann describes the switching of cars in a crowded LA area freight yard. Hard labor practices on the old Southern Pacific are replaced by draconian ones on the Union Pacific. Here is a wonderful negative example: "It was common belief that 100 percent rules compliance would shut the railroad down...switchmen threatening such compliance were often targeted for discipline by management. When the company demanded compliance, it was seen as an excuse to fire someone". What a place to work!

"Railroad Noir" is a scary but unceasingly honest portrait of how many a blue collar worker survives in modern day America. RN may not produce any new railfans but members of the club should pounce. RN is a winner.
Hystana
"Railroad Noir" easily has the highest production values in this railfan/reviewer's experience. The publisher has obviously decided to back authoress Niemann to the hilt and it shows. The typesetting, layout and photography are superb throughout. How many publications have we read where corners were cut? Not here!

The railroad life, as depicted so honestly here, is not a glamorous one. Shifts are filled with hard, dirty, gritty and often dangerous days and night on the rails. The work is often chaotic as when Niemann describes the switching of cars in a crowded LA area freight yard. Hard labor practices on the old Southern Pacific are replaced by draconian ones on the Union Pacific. Here is a wonderful negative example: "It was common belief that 100 percent rules compliance would shut the railroad down...switchmen threatening such compliance were often targeted for discipline by management. When the company demanded compliance, it was seen as an excuse to fire someone". What a place to work!

"Railroad Noir" is a scary but unceasingly honest portrait of how many a blue collar worker survives in modern day America. RN may not produce any new railfans but members of the club should pounce. RN is a winner.
LiTTLe_NiGGa_in_THE_СribE
A continuation of the author's first book, Boomer. It further covers the realities of being a railroader. It also points to the corporate attitude that the people, like the equipment are consumable and are discarded when they no longer can perform.
LiTTLe_NiGGa_in_THE_СribE
A continuation of the author's first book, Boomer. It further covers the realities of being a railroader. It also points to the corporate attitude that the people, like the equipment are consumable and are discarded when they no longer can perform.
Hugifyn
Dr. Linda Niemann (who earned a Ph.D. at Berkley before "hiring out" on the Southern Pacific railroad) continues her memoirs of being a highly intellectual, bi-sexual woman working in in a male-dominated profession. By this time, Neimann is an "old head" - an experienced raliroader - and we ride along as she grows wiser and the railroading landscape changes beneath her. After spending two years as an assistant conductor on Amtrak trains (which provide some good stories), Neimann returns to the "Espee" in time for its takeover by the Union Pacific. Suddenly it's open season on labor, with a UP-imposed disciplinary system so draconian that employees are afraid to do anything, lest they be on the fast track to dismissal. Traffic grinds to a halt, managers with any knowledge are fired, and Neimann has the most American of experiences: having "the company" all but take away your pride, accomplishment, and sense of professionalism.

After having to run the disciplinary gauntlet herself, Dr. Niemann uses her "other Union card" - her Ph.D., to land a teaching job in Georgia, trading her switchman's boots for students who cut class if it's raining outside - a bit annoying to someone who has been on-call, 24 hours a day, in any weather, for nearly 20 years. I was pleased to read that Niemann's house backs up on the CSX main line and that she can now sleep through the night as freight trains barrel past.

Noted railroad photographer Joel Jensen supplies beautiful images that are the perfect accompaniment to Niemann's haunting, funny, brutally honest prose.

I hope Dr. Niemann continues to share her experiences with us in her post-railroad life.
Hugifyn
Dr. Linda Niemann (who earned a Ph.D. at Berkley before "hiring out" on the Southern Pacific railroad) continues her memoirs of being a highly intellectual, bi-sexual woman working in in a male-dominated profession. By this time, Neimann is an "old head" - an experienced raliroader - and we ride along as she grows wiser and the railroading landscape changes beneath her. After spending two years as an assistant conductor on Amtrak trains (which provide some good stories), Neimann returns to the "Espee" in time for its takeover by the Union Pacific. Suddenly it's open season on labor, with a UP-imposed disciplinary system so draconian that employees are afraid to do anything, lest they be on the fast track to dismissal. Traffic grinds to a halt, managers with any knowledge are fired, and Neimann has the most American of experiences: having "the company" all but take away your pride, accomplishment, and sense of professionalism.

After having to run the disciplinary gauntlet herself, Dr. Niemann uses her "other Union card" - her Ph.D., to land a teaching job in Georgia, trading her switchman's boots for students who cut class if it's raining outside - a bit annoying to someone who has been on-call, 24 hours a day, in any weather, for nearly 20 years. I was pleased to read that Niemann's house backs up on the CSX main line and that she can now sleep through the night as freight trains barrel past.

Noted railroad photographer Joel Jensen supplies beautiful images that are the perfect accompaniment to Niemann's haunting, funny, brutally honest prose.

I hope Dr. Niemann continues to share her experiences with us in her post-railroad life.
Ckelond
Hauntingly beautiful, gritty pictures of the hard as nails people who make up the trains we take for granted. Poignant, sad, most of these places and people are long gone, but their souls haunt these pages.
Ckelond
Hauntingly beautiful, gritty pictures of the hard as nails people who make up the trains we take for granted. Poignant, sad, most of these places and people are long gone, but their souls haunt these pages.
Musical Aura Island
I thought a long time before writing this review. The main reason is that this book is not at all what I thought it would be and it is difficult to make an honest review when a book does not live up to your expectations at all. Yes, I did read carefully the information Amazon gave before buying it but still managed to make a mistake.

I thought I would be reading a railroad book with stories backed up with great photos showing the railroad and the west. Maybe the format of the book tricked me into thinking this would be like any other of my hundred railroad books, maybe with a little more personal text.

What I got was more of literature and art than information and facts. This is a text book. The format is all wrong for that but maybe the format was forced on by a need to present the photos in an "artful" way. If we start with the photos a number of reviewers have given these great reviews. Well, maybe I would agree if I was into artful photography. What we have are pictures that are (probably?) supposed to push you into a negative mood. Pictures are mostly in black and white and often far from focused. Actually there is one picture that is so blurry that you have a hard time seeing if it is an engine or not. The Photos are not supporting the text since they have nothing to do with the authors writing but they are there to give you a feeling for the dreary and negative side of the work.

The text are short stories from the authors time working for the railroad. It is like reading a number of "Trains" magazine articles in a row. The Stories are very personal and if you are not interested in that part of the authors life or her views it becomes tiring to read. But if you are interested the author can write a good text and it is an easy read. Unfortunately there are few interesting facts about railroading and more on personal problems.

For me with an interest in railroading as a transport service this was not a book that gave me anything to work with. For others that are interested in memoirs and maybe worked on the railroad and would like to compare experiences it might be of more interest.

Railroad books are usually rather expensive. Before buying this one consider what you want to get out of it before you spend your money. It is not a bad book but far from the usual books in this category.
Musical Aura Island
I thought a long time before writing this review. The main reason is that this book is not at all what I thought it would be and it is difficult to make an honest review when a book does not live up to your expectations at all. Yes, I did read carefully the information Amazon gave before buying it but still managed to make a mistake.

I thought I would be reading a railroad book with stories backed up with great photos showing the railroad and the west. Maybe the format of the book tricked me into thinking this would be like any other of my hundred railroad books, maybe with a little more personal text.

What I got was more of literature and art than information and facts. This is a text book. The format is all wrong for that but maybe the format was forced on by a need to present the photos in an "artful" way. If we start with the photos a number of reviewers have given these great reviews. Well, maybe I would agree if I was into artful photography. What we have are pictures that are (probably?) supposed to push you into a negative mood. Pictures are mostly in black and white and often far from focused. Actually there is one picture that is so blurry that you have a hard time seeing if it is an engine or not. The Photos are not supporting the text since they have nothing to do with the authors writing but they are there to give you a feeling for the dreary and negative side of the work.

The text are short stories from the authors time working for the railroad. It is like reading a number of "Trains" magazine articles in a row. The Stories are very personal and if you are not interested in that part of the authors life or her views it becomes tiring to read. But if you are interested the author can write a good text and it is an easy read. Unfortunately there are few interesting facts about railroading and more on personal problems.

For me with an interest in railroading as a transport service this was not a book that gave me anything to work with. For others that are interested in memoirs and maybe worked on the railroad and would like to compare experiences it might be of more interest.

Railroad books are usually rather expensive. Before buying this one consider what you want to get out of it before you spend your money. It is not a bad book but far from the usual books in this category.
Talrajas
Linda Grant Niemann reveals the world of the railway worker like no one else. No sugar coated stories here. I have enjoyed every one of her books.
Talrajas
Linda Grant Niemann reveals the world of the railway worker like no one else. No sugar coated stories here. I have enjoyed every one of her books.