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America’s foremost railroad fiction writer was born at Norwood, MO., June 1, 1886. At age of 4 he took his first train ride to attend the wedding of his future mother-in-law. After working as a gandy dancer on the “katy,” and teaching school, he got a job breaking freight on the MOP through the efforts of his brother, conductor Bill Dellinger. Later, he and Bill went into Frisco train service. Biggest thrill was riding atop a passenger coach on the Frisco “cannon ball” in 1908. Once in 1920, a train crew contained 4 Dellingers: Bill, E.S., and 2 of Bill’s sons.
E.S. Dellinger quit the road, graduated from New Mexico Normal Univ. in 1923, and served as supt. of public schools at Springer, N.M. (1925-33), meanwhile writing for various magazines. Most of his stories are novelettes. 50 of them appeared in Railroad Man’s and Railroad Stories, beginning with “Redemption for Slim” (dec 1929). Dellinger married, had a daughter Rosemary and a son Dale, and lived in Albuquerque, N.M. His best known characters are: Brick Donley, King Lawson, Redhot Frost, and Rud Randall.
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