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45 Years of True Railroad StoriesTM

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Retired Railroad Engineer, John Cockrell's, REAL LIFE railroading experiences place you, the reader, in his seat to experience exactly what he did during his 45-year career as a fireman, switchman, and engineer working for one of the largest railroads in the country - Southern Pacific and Union Pacific. His hits, misses and everything in between. You don't just read about railroading - 


300 Pages

Original, Never-Before-Seen Pictures

and Over 60 Stories, such as:

The Rat Hole - My First Hobo - The Three Nurses - New Year's Eve Torpedos - Refer at Redding 

Cattle on the Bridge - Chemical Spill Cantera Loop, and many more..

Co-authoring 45 Years of True Railroad StoriesTM, my career memoir, with my wife, is my most recent accomplishment. Even though I had many more stories to add to our book, it contains the ones that I most vividly remember.

My philosophies on life and the secret to surviving retirement?

God first. Love. Family. Friends. Never stop rolling along!

Enjoy the journey!

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