The Railroad Series
The Stratemeyer Syndicate ten volume railroading adventure Railroad series (aka Ralph of the Railroad) was initially published by Mershon, then Chatterton-Peck and finally Grosset & Dunlap.
In this series Ralph Fairbanks works his way up the ladder to success on the Great Northern Railway and battles Gasper Farrington, one of the wealthiest men of Stanley Junction, and dissapated bully Ike Slump. His rapid rise can no doubt be accounted for by his penchant for stopping runaway trains, rescuing kidnapped relatives of the railroad president, foiling train robbers, and just generally being at the right place at the right time. A continuing theme throughout the series is Ralph's struggle to reclaim his late father's fortune, misappropriated by the greedy Farrington.
"Ralph Fairbanks was bound to become a railroad man, as his father had been before him. Step by step he worked his way upward, serving first in the Roundhouse, cleaning locomotives; then in the Switch Tower clearing the tracks; then on the Engine, first as a fireman; then as engineer of the Overland Express; and finally Train Dispatcher." -- Grosset & Dunlap
"Railroad stories are dear to the heart of the American boy, and these are certain to become deservedly popular. Clean and clear from cover to cover. Ralph is determined to be a "railroad man." He starts in at the foot of the ladder; makes both friends and enemies; but is full of manly pluck and "wins out." There is abundance of stirring incident in these tales, the characters are all natural, and the tone is altogether breezy and wholesome. Well printed and illustrated and bound in cloth, stamped in colors." -- Grosset & Dunlap
"In this line of books there is revealed the whole workings of a great American railroad system. There are adventures in abundance--railroad wrecks, dashes through forest fires, the pursuit of a "wildcat" locomotive, the disappearance of a pay car with a large sum of money on board--but there is much more than this--the intense rivalry among railroads and railroad men, the working out of running schedules, the getting through "on time" in spite of all obstacles, and the manipulation of railroad securities by evil men who wish to rule or ruin." -- Grosset and Dunlap
or, Bound To Become A Railroad Man
or, Clearing The Track
or, The Young Fireman Of The Limited Mail
or, The Trials And Triumphs Of A Young Engineer
or, The Mystery Of The Pay Car
or, The Young Railroader's Most Daring Exploit
or, The Wreck At Shadow Valley
or, The Stolen Government Bonds
or, Fighting Both Flames And Flood
or, The Secret Of The Blue Freight Cars
4 in 1 omnibus containing the first 4 stories.