Book ID: CBB985006895

John H. Burdakin and the Grand Trunk Western Railroad (2017)


Sharp, Mary (Author)
Beier, Frederick J. (Author)

Michigan State University Press

Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: xxv + 109
Language: English

John H. Burdakin and the Grand Trunk Western Railroad provides a look at the principles and personal values that guided John H. Burdakin through a long, successful career as a top manager at three railroads—the Pennsylvania, the Penn Central, and finally the Grand Trunk Western, where he was president of the regional carrier from 1974 to 1986. The book, written from interviews with Burdakin before his death in 2014, gives real-life examples of how Burdakin’s management principles and personal qualities helped him solve labor- management problems, update railroad technology, protect worker safety, and improve employee morale while managing a four thousand–person workforce. It introduces colorful characters who were involved in American railroads, as well as the serious, life-threatening issues that confronted railroads in the last half of the twentieth century in America. This book will provide insights for managers of any business as well as for those seeking to balance a successful career and a rewarding home life.

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Review Thomas Hoback (Spring-Summer 2017) Review of "John H. Burdakin and the Grand Trunk Western Railroad". Railroad History (pp. 111-112). unapi

Review Thomas C. Cornillie (December 2017) Review of "John H. Burdakin and the Grand Trunk Western Railroad". The Journal of Transport History (pp. 294-297). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Hofsommer, Don L.
Pols, Hans
Boyden, Stephen
Mims, Cedric
Blanden, Robert
Churella, Albert J
Railroad History
Health and History
Historical Records of Australian Science
Indiana University Press
Michigan State University Press
University of Pennsylvania Press
Morning Sun Books
Signature Press
Management; administration
Land transportation
Business history
Public health
Burdakin, John H.
Theunissen, W. F.
Fenner, Frank
Carnegie, Andrew
Rockefeller, John Davison, Jr.
Bailey, John Henry (1818-1890)
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
21st century
20th century, early
United States
Michigan (U.S.)
East Indies
Pennsylvania (U.S.)
Grand Trunk Western Railway Company
Penn Central Transportation Company
Pennsylvania Railroad
Australian National University
Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad Company
Reading Railroad

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