Grant, H. Roger
"Follow the Flag"
A History of the Wabash Railroad Company
- 304 pages
- 86 b&w halftones
- CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Jay Gould, Cannon Ball song, Blue Bird passenger trains, Pacific Railway Compnay, Wabash
"A well-written, in-depth history of the railroad."
"One of the best in the genre of traditional corporate history. For historians of transportation, business, labor, or even medicine, there is much to recommend it. Extensively researched and fully documented, it stands as a model of scholarship. If only we had histories of the several dozen other major U.S. railroads that were as good as this one."
"A major contribution to our understanding of American railroad development.... Grant unfolds the Wabash's dense history with his customary professionalism and close attention to detail. His work has always been distinguished by a congenial blend of the railroad buff's enthusiasm and the historian's expertise, and this book is no exception. The research is thorough, meticulous, and wide-ranging.... Railroad historians and those interested in American business and economic development will find much to intrigue and inform them."
"Follow the Flag reaffirms Roger Grant's status as one of the preeminent historians of transportation in the United States.... One of the great strengths of the book is that the author was able to write such a detailed and balanced history even though most of the Wabash's corporate records have long since vanished.... Rail fans surely will love this book. Academic historians will appreciate the effective use of sources, the compilation of information on a significant American railroad, and above all, the lucid exposition of a precedent-setting transportation firm whose activities reverberated throughout the government, the business realm, and local communities."
"A solid, satisfying work on the Wabash. It is a welcome history of the quintessential midwestern railroad."