You see them all the time during your daily commute, wearing the unmistakable hat of the profession.  They have been present in countless movies and television shows, yet, what do you really know about the work they do?

This is the story of one of the more fabled occupations in America – the railroad conductor. This book traces the origin of the railroad and the occupation as well as the conductor as a subject of folklore and the media. Additionally, the pathways to a career as a conductor are fully explored.

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