The story of how one man made a universal boyhood dream come true--he got to ride in a locomotive cab. And in the process of doing so, he made a study of a small but highly individual old railroad with quite a past and apparently a bright future--New England's rather paradoxical Boston and Maine Railroad. The reader has a chance to ride, in all kinds of weather, up into New Hampshire's White Mountains, over to Maine, out to the Massachusetts Berkshires, switching cars and making up trains in the Lowell, Massachusetts yards. And he can meet the many interesting men who run the line. A fascinating subject though somewhat inexpertly handled, but informative enough for railroad enthusiasts.