High Green by Herbert Cleaves, published by North Country Press, is a very interesting story about an Irish-American’s love for and experiences with a railroad in northern Maine. It’s a work of historical fiction, but it sure does seem like a true story.
John Hanahan’s dad owned the railroad, but John’s plan to drive trains derailed after he was severely wounded in North Korea. John was sent to northern Maine to close down the railroad there, but he quickly realized that this area was totally dependent on the railroad for transportation.
And then he fell in love with a young lady who had a daughter that he also loved, and he convinced his dad to not only keep their railroad open, but to buy the other railroad in that area. That railroad was also planning to close.
And not only does John save the railroad, he even finds a way to drive a locomotive, and that was not easy because the rails in this location were in terrible shape and they had, while John was there, a bunch of terrible snowstorms.
John eventually becomes the best driver in the whole system and makes a miraculous drive through a blizzard.
While I enjoyed John’s stories, I also found the stories about the various and very challenging train trips to be very interesting.