THE HOGHEAD: AN INDUSTRIAL ETHNOLOGY OF THE LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER
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.
- Post-terminal report for research on railroad freight and yard operations and occupation of locomotive engineer.
Holt, Rinehart and Winston, IncorporatedOrder Fulfillment Department, 383 Madison Avenue
New York, NY United States 10017
- Gamst, F C
- Publication Date: 1980
- Features: Photos; References;
- Pagination: 156 p.
- TRT Terms: Freight trains; Human factors; Line haul; Locomotive engineers; Locomotive operation; Operating rules; Personnel; Safety; Supervision; Switching; Train operations; Training; Work rules; Yard operations
- Old TRIS Terms: Locomotive engineer's tasks; Personnel practices
- Subject Areas: Education and Training; Freight Transportation; Railroads; Safety and Human Factors; Society;
- 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