Railroad Stories – The Legend of King Lawson byE. S. Dellinger, Bold Venture Press 2015 trade paper, short story / novelette collection
The Pulp Railroad Stories published these five stories in 1932 and 1933. At the time it was a very popular pulp aimed at both railroaders and fans. These five tales give the story of King Lawson, one of Dellinger’s best known characters.
From his beginning as a gandy dancer (track worker) to his rise to brakeman and telegraph operator, King met every challenge and conquered it, until he found his wife in another man’s arms. That’s when he took to the boomer trail, the name for railroad workers drifting from one railroad to another, picking up whatever job they could.
King succeeds against stiff odds, most often imposed by nature in the form of fire, flood and landslide. If you enjoy a little railroad fiction as a change of pace, this makes a nice choice.