Railway Ties 1888-1920 is a compelling work of historical fiction that focuses on two generations of a “railway family.”
The experiences of the Baldwin and Smith clans tie in with the early rivalry between the Grand Trunk and Canadian
Pacific railways, and also with technological and operational changes in the whole railroad industry during and immediately after World War I.
Railway Ties conveys a clear sense of a future-defining period in Canada. The years that saw the growth of rail travel in this country were marked
by possibility, adventure, and individual sacrifice.
Carefully researched from railway and family archives, Railway Ties is enhanced with more than 200 original images.
“Railway Ties entices the reader into a 19th-early 20th century world of enterprise and energy… Waterston’s book, with its interesting array of period detail,
is well researched as well as engaging…. Railway Ties, based on journals, family scrapbooks, letters and
official documents and supplemented with a treasure trove of photographs, is wonderfully readable. Its
look at both actual rail ties and at the ties that bind is entertaining and informative: good storytelling in a book to peruse and to savour.”
Nancy Schiefer, London Free Press, August 21, 2020