After several years of research, Last Train from Cleveland: The Story of a Railyard Engineer (Days of Steam Books, 2013) has finally left the station! The journey has been a long one for author Burnett “Chip” Deyerle III, a resident of Bristow, Virginia. The book officially launches September 7-8, 2013 at the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke, in the Norfolk & Western railyards where the story began. The book is available in paperback and e-version (Kindle) through Amazon.com.
Last Train from Cleveland chronicles the life of a railyard engineer on the Norfolk & Western railroad in the mid-1920s. It was a time in railroad history, the fabled days of steam, when railroad workers, labor unions and railroad management clashed while men and women toiled daily under unusually harsh conditions. Changes in US transportation related to labor in that period just after World War I and the roaring 1920s came at a cost, not just to the employees, but to their resourceful railroad families in terms of benefits. This story focuses on the day-to-day life of a railyard engineer, his trials and tribulations and the many life factors he dealt with at work and at home when steam was king. Experience the constant struggle to balance home life with work life as seen through the eyes of “BL” and “Mae” taken from real life letters and correspondence during that period
Chip Deyerle was born in Roanoke, Virginia, graduated from Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke, and holds degrees from Virginia Western Community College (Associate in Science and Radio/TV Production); Central Michigan University (Bachelor of Science); Strayer University (Masters of Science in Business Administration); and Air University/Air War College (Masters of Science). He lives in Bristow, Virginia and is a member of the Nokesville Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad. Chip writes articles regularly on disaster preparation and volunteer fire and rescue topics for www.nvfdrs.org. He is also President of the Palm Springs Chapter of the Air Force Association, Life Member and webmaster, writing regularly for their website, www.airforceassociationpalmspringschapter134.com. He is a member of the Norfolk & Western Historical Society and Write by the Rails (Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club). Information about Last Train from Cleveland, and other news of intercity rail transportation issues can be found at Chip’s blog, www.daysofsteam.com.