John W. Barriger III

John W. Barriger III

Railroad Legend
H Roger Grant
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 03/14/2018
ISBN: 978-0-253-03289-8
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In John W. Barriger III: Railroad Legend, historian H. Roger Grant details the fascinating life and impact of a transportation tycoon and "doctor of sick railroads."

After graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, John W. Barriger III (1899–1976) started his career on the Pennsylvania Railroad as a rodman, shop hand, and then assistant yardmaster. His enthusiasm, tenacity, and lifelong passion for the industry propelled him professionally, culminating in leadership roles at Monon Railroad, Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad, Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad and the Boston and Maine Railroad. His legendary capability to save railroad corporations in peril earned him the nickname "doctor of sick railroads," and his impact was also felt far from the train tracks, as he successfully guided New Deal relief efforts for the Railroad Division of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation during the Depression and served in the Office of Defense Transportation during World War II. Featuring numerous personal photographs and interviews, John W. Barriger III is an intimate account of a railroad magnate and his role in transforming the transportation industry.

Author Bio

H. Roger Grant is one of the world's leading authorities on transportation history and American railroads and has written more than 30 books, including Electric Interurbans and the American People, Railroaders without Borders, The Louisville, Cincinnati & Charleston Rail Road, and Railroads and the American People. He is Kathyrn and Calhoun Lemon Professor of History at Clemson University.


    "Thanks to Roger Grant’s latest book, Barriger and his amazing legacy endures, waiting to be rediscovered by a new generation of readers. Trust me, you’ll learn a lot."”
     — Classic Trains

    “"In this volume, noted author and historian H. Roger Grant traces the interesting life and 50-plus-year career of John W. Barriger III, known in some circles as the "doctor of sick railroads."”
     — The Michigan Railfan

    “Grant tells the story of this visionary leader quite well. Readers will find in his biography an extraordinary tale of the travails of twentieth-century railroading through the career of this one man. ”
     — The Annals of Iowa

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    Table of Contents

    1. Early Life and Career
    2. Government Man
    3. Monon
    4. Transition Years
    5. Pittsburgh and Lake Erie
    6. Missouri, Kansas and Texas
    7. More Retirements