Brainerd Shop Dogs: A History of Northern Pacific Railroad Workers (Transportation) (Paperback)

Brainerd Shop Dogs: A History of Northern Pacific Railroad Workers (Transportation) By Robert Roscoe, Carla Roscoe (Other) Cover Image

Brainerd Shop Dogs: A History of Northern Pacific Railroad Workers (Transportation) (Paperback)

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An amazing piece of Brainerd's proud past

For over eighty years, the Northern Pacific Railroad Shops was the largest employer in the Brainerd area. After the Depression, the NP provided steady jobs for Brainerd railroad workers, whose paychecks contributed to the growth of Brainerd. The NP Shops built freight cars and conducted maintenance and disassembly of the NP's rolling stock. The workforce of several trades called themselves "shop dogs." Shop dogs built a workplace culture with its own jokes, stories, ethics, and nicknames - an unintended circumstance could result in a nickname, such as Scoop Swanson or the Soo Line Bull, that stuck to a shop dog for the rest of his life. After shop dogs retired and the NP shops closed, their nicknames and stories live on. Author Bob Roscoe gathers the stories from this vital piece of Brainerd history.

Product Details ISBN: 9781467150590
ISBN-10: 1467150592
Publisher: History Press
Publication Date: July 24th, 2023
Pages: 128
Language: English
Series: Transportation