An industrial ethnological (sociocultural anthropological) case study of rail freight and yard operations from the perspective of the operating employee, especially the locomotive engineer--or "hoghead." Data were gathered during six and one-half years of employment in engine service on the pseudonymous "CC & U RR" and during subsequent fieldwork and documentary analysis from 1970 through 1978. An introductory section discusses the nature of industrial ethnology and an end-glossary explains all argot and technical terms from railroading used in the book. The body of the book develops a vivid ethnographic view of a man-machine system (locomotive engineer and train) and its encompassing social organization. The book develops the presentation of data on operating rules and procedures and train handling is a way that allows the reader to quickly enter the highly technical complexities of the railroaders' world of work.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Post-terminal report for research on railroad freight and yard operations and occupation of locomotive engineer.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Incorporated

    Order Fulfillment Department, 383 Madison Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10017
  • Authors:
    • Gamst, F C
  • Publication Date: 1980

Media Info

  • Features: Photos; References;
  • Pagination: 156 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00316744
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ISBN 0 03 052636 1
  • Contract Numbers: NSF GS 3040, NIMH MH 2183
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1980 12:00AM