Do you have any accounts to post (internet articles, books that may be refered to) regarding the hewing of railroad ties?

Must have been no-nonsense work. Not the gratification of hewing a project, pegging a joint, raising a wall, etc.

Maybe there's an old blues song somewhere:

I 'aint broke, but I'm badly bent
Swingin' this axe to pay the rent.

The rich folk from New York gonna ride this rail
No future's mine, jus' 'dis cross-tie jail.

Don Perkins
Member, TFG

to know the trees...