THE SHOPS, YARDS, AND BUILDINGS OF THE EAST BROAD TOP were already antiques when the line shut down forty years ago. Since then they have stayed virtually untouched, and today they give the best picture available anywhere of how steam railroads went about their daily business.
Deak Parsons made sure that the Manhattan Project’s scientific theories got converted into a weapon of awesome destructive force. He oversaw the ordnance design; he made scientists, engineers, and military men work together; he set up and equipped assembly facilities and machine shops thousands of miles from home. And when the Enola Gay took off for Hiroshima, Parsons was on board to complete assembly of the bomb.