Another folk hero, this time manufactured to celebrate the growth of American railroads, and specifically the joining of East and West in 1869. Handcar Joe is a Bunyanesque railroad hand who rode the rails in the handcar he called a Kyrobile. He aided railroad men in distress by performing feats of strength like pulling trains up bills, holding up washed out bridges so that the train might pass over safely, and unrolling miles of ""portable"" tracks which he collected for emergencies. There is much sound railroad knowledge here, for the child who is willing to accept fact with a generous garnish of fantasy. Vigorous full color cartoon illustrations and black and white explanatory diagrams of tracks, ties etc. by Rollie. In spite of young format, might be a bit sophisticated in concept for the primary grades. Board and inadequate stitching.