A man's life, looking back from the vantage of 76 years, and crammed with facts and points of view and sketched in background that will appeal to men readers. From childhood through early days of railroading, when Sam Vauclain was gang boss at the Baldwin works, when speed and power were in demand, and tests and works were rudimentary. On to his work on a newspaper, to the foundry, and after war duties, back to railroading. Hinges on district through central Pennsylvania, Altoona, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Philadelphia -- with bits about Cleveland, and a trip to South America and the Southwest for good measure. Really good reading, and an objective picture of a personality and a career.