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The Young Railroaders

Francis Lovell Coombs

Book Overview: 

While aimed at youths, this series of tales of the just-opening West makes a rollicking good story for adults, too. Three teen-age boys, trained as telegraphers, manage to get themselves in and out of a wide variety of harrowing circumstances. Using their knowledge of Morse code, the science of telegraphs, and the operation of railroads, the boys stir in native resourcefulness, quick-thinking, and when the occasion demands it, raw courage – to effect rescues, thwart thieves, and solve mysteries. If Tom Swift had lived in the nineteenth century, he could not have had more exciting escapades.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Bulletin,” a paper he knew Mr. Black seldom read, the idea took definite shape. And, yes, it was of yesterday’s date!

“Mr. Black,” exclaimed Jack, “this is not your paper, is it?”

Somewhat impatiently the manager glanced up. “The ‘Bulletin’? No.”

“Were you reading it yesterday, sir?”

“Well, I don’t see what you are driving at—but, no. It was probably left here by Smith, one of the express clerks next door. He was in for a while yesterday on some telegraph money-order business. Yes, he did have it in his hand, now I remember. But why?”

At the mention of Smith’s name Jack started, and there immediately came to him a remembrance of having a few days previously seen the express clerk on a street corner in earnest conversation with Hansen, the discharged janitor.

In suppressed excitement he asked, “When was Smit. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Good story of a teens adventures in the 1800's as he worked with the railroad. Although the details were interesting, after several chapters the adventures all seemed rather similar.

This classic, episodic novel features three teenage McGyvers working on the developing railroad of the 1800's. The book had a slow start, but it became more enjoyable as it progressed. The stories were rather formulaic, and the good guys always won out. But that's part of its appeal.
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Gaaahh what an awesome book! Action, adventure, humor, and mystery- whats not to love?!