North Carolina, like the entire South, experienced the railroad boom of the early 1900s. The author includes photos he collected into a scrapbook while working for the Winston-Salem line of the Southern Railroad. One piece of his collection is the drawing â€œThe Old Depotâ€ by C. D. Poage. This drawing incorporates many of the everyday events experienced by depot agents. Thompson describes the functions of tools shown in the drawing and comments on the depot agent's daily routines. Thompson also discusses the depot buildings and includes several pictures of depots located between Greensboro and North Wilkesboro. These buildings were constructed by railroad gangs and Thompson provides a picture of one of those gangs. Today several of the these buildings are being moved or restored, such as the depot in Rural Hall, that now serves as the offices to a weekly newspaper, and the Pineville depot, that is now a restaurant.