Consummate trainman John Langlot’s career coincided with a tumultuous era in railroad history. He started with Great Northern at Hillyard (Spokane, Washington) as a brakeman, spending his early years on the Wenatchee–Oroville route. He was promoted to conductor in 1968. With the 1970 completion of the Burlington Northern merger, his work territory expanded. He retired in 2004 and now serves as a director and vice president of the Great Northern Railway Historical Society. Rocky’s Rail recounts his railroading experiences from 1960 through 2004, a period of sweeping technological change. His stories provide a rare first-person view of the craft of trainman. He also summarizes corporate-level decisions and their local impacts. In addition, the book offers a geographically arranged operational overview of the Great Northern Railway’s Spokane Division in the 1960s.
Mac McCulloch worked in roles from clerk to superintendent at a variety of organizations, including Great Northern, Burlington Northern, and the American Railroads Bureau of Explosives. The co-authors previously published The Rusty Dusty: Great Northern’s Wenatchee–Oroville Branch.