Railroad Noir : The American West at the End of the Twentieth Century Hardback
Part of the Railroads Past and Present series
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.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 168 pages, 23 color illus., 17 b&w illus., 1 map
- Publisher: Indiana University Press
- Publication Date: 11/05/2010
- Category: Humamities
- ISBN: 9780253354464