Blowing Smoke Up the Noyo by Jerry Brooks (Published in 1994)

Book Cover

Book Cover

I knew of this book but had never had an opportunity to read it till one of our frequent visitors, young Chuck Ravel, gave me a copy. I have had it a while and have only just got around to reading it.

Jerry Brooks began his railroading career as a student fireman on the California Western Railroad (the Skunk Line) and worked his way up to senior engineer. The book takes the reader from Jerry’s days on steam locos to diesel and back again to steam. It’s a book full of very interesting personal anecdotes of a life riding and working on the Skunk Line.

I had a great time reading the book and wondered if Jerry Brooks is still around ‘cos I’d like to meet him. Does anyone know?