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Old 09-22-2014, 09:47 PM   #11
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I'm in the track dept. Welder/ foreman. We don't have work limits because for some reason we are considered unskilled labor. Yeah friends give me strange looks when I tell them that the guys and gals that build and maintain the tracks are unskilled.
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Old 09-22-2014, 09:49 PM   #12
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They usually limit us to 16 so they don't have to pay double time...but when they need us its an open check book
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Old 09-22-2014, 09:53 PM   #13
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We were forced to find the nearest siding and park the train until another crew could get there and take it on in.
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Old 09-22-2014, 09:58 PM   #14
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We were forced to find the nearest siding and park the train until another crew could get there and take it on in.
How long and who did you work for?
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Old 09-22-2014, 10:02 PM   #15
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We were forced to find the nearest siding and park the train until another crew could get there and take it on in.
OC,was it hard driving the (Gold Spike)? Youroo!!
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Old 09-22-2014, 10:03 PM   #16
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That is not nice Youroo..
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Old 09-22-2014, 10:07 PM   #17
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CRI&P (The old Rock Island) worked as a brakeman from 1959 thru 1963 during the summers and holidays on the extra board. Worked both passenger and freight from Trenton, MO to KC, Des Moines, St. Joseph, Eldon, IA and Rock Island, IL.
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Nice OldCoot. I work for a commuter RR but my section maintains mixed use, passenger and freight. Never thought a square wheel could roll until I saw some of these frieghts.lol
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Nice OldCoot. I work for a commuter RR but my section maintains mixed use, passenger and freight. Never thought a square wheel could roll until I saw some of these frieghts.lol
Yes, they get flat spots from the brakes locking the wheels and sliding on the rails. Never seen it, but heard if they were bad enough, they could actually break the rails. Still have a few fusees, my lantern and some uniform buttons. Have my dad's conductor's ticket punch which had to be registered with the home office in Chicago.
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