My Life with Trains
Memoir of a Railroader
By Jim McClellan.
Softcover 2nd printing, 9.x8.5", 360 pages, 257 color illustrations. 2018.
"Named one of the “75 People You Should Know” by Trains Magazine, Jim McClellan is one of the railroad industry’s titans. Mr. McClellan died October 16, 2016.
"An iconic and innovative executive, McClellan participated in the creation of both Amtrak and Conrail and worked for the Norfolk Southern, the New York Central, US Railway Association, and the Federal Railroad Administration. My Life with Trains combines a world-class photographer’s love of railroading with the insights of a government and railroad official. The book provides a short historical overview of the changes in the industry, recounts McClellan's experience at various railroads, and offers personal reflections on a lifetime of working with and chasing trains.
"Expertly detailed with over 250 stunning color photographs, My Life with Trains covers sixty years as observed by a legendary railroad strategist."
"Jim McClellan dives into his treasure chest of reminisces and describes in rich detail an excellent and fresh view of American railroading during the last half of the 20th century. The book’s real beauty is the air of innocence and charm that is created by McClellan’s unvarnished view of events and the world in general. McClellan’s photos are also exceptional and will serve as a handy guide for any rail buff or historian." - Rush Loving, Jr., author of The Well-Dressed Hobo: The Many Wondrous Adventures of a Man Who Loves Trains
"The shared experiences and observations of Jim McClellan from both a public and private sector perspective lend the reader an appreciation for the state of our interwoven freight and passenger systems. My Life with Trains capsulizes on rail industry planning dynamics and the evolving accomplishments during an era of financial weakness to the emerging Renaissance." - Ronald L. Batory, President & Chief Operating Officer, Conrail