John Mellow 128 pages hardcover
“OS Don” is the story of author John F.
Mellow’s early years working for the Canadian Pacific Railway in
southern Ontario, giving readers a 1960s front row seat as the Canadian
railway industry transitioned from traditional Morse-code telegraphy and
train-orders to the present age of computer-assisted operations.
Mellow’s career as a train-order operator
began at Toronto’s Don station in 1963. Before recalling his own
experiences there and elsewhere on the CPR, he presents the history of
Don station and its role in the operations of steam and diesel era CPR
and CNR trains through Toronto’s scenic Don Valley.