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trumptrain posted:

For today: " Meet Ernie the switch tender " IMG_9156

This reminds me of a bit of railroadiana. When my Dad was growing up the BR&P Railroad employed trackwalkers. Even mile of track was inspected every day by those men. They carried a spike maul and a track wrench so there was never a loose rail joint. Lion's Cut (not sure of spelling and anyone who knew is long gone) was always walked before the Varnish in case of a fallen rock. The track walkers also tended the switch lamps, once a week cleaning the globes, trimming the wicks and refilling the kerosene founts. They worked seven days a week and I have forgotten how often they had a relief day....

I should record this stuff Dad told me about railroading because he is gone and then I'll be gone and these bits of history will be lost.

Lew

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trumptrain posted:

For today: " Meet Ernie the switch tender " IMG_9156

This reminds me of a bit of railroadiana. When my Dad was growing up the BR&P Railroad employed trackwalkers. Even mile of track was inspected every day by those men. They carried a spike maul and a track wrench so there was never a loose rail joint. Lion's Cut (not sure of spelling and anyone who knew is long gone) was always walked before the Varnish in case of a fallen rock. The track walkers also tended the switch lamps, once a week cleaning the globes, trimming the wicks and refilling the kerosene founts. They worked seven days a week and I have forgotten how often they had a relief day....

I should record this stuff Dad told me about railroading because he is gone and then I'll be gone and these bits of history will be lost.

Lew

Hey Lew - I'm glad this photo sparked your memory!  Wow!  What great info you gave us here.  Yes, I think it's important that you record all of your information/memories, etc. from your Dad's days on the railroad.   You obviously have lots to share IMHO.  

Trumptrain, Neat Pictures and forgive me for misspelling your nick name, it was a typo, Briansilvermustang, Beautiful PA diesel, is it Lionel? And Nick, great picture of the hopper car, Coastsidekevin, very nice layout, reminds me of the days I had sectional track and post war accessories and I love the passenger train, silver in color. All the pictures are fantastic....755CA0B1-C65A-4BE7-8BB0-E7250D477D14

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Trumptrain, great pictures as always, other side of the tracks, Paul Romano, Neat hobby shop, neat yellow cab depot in the background, and people going to and fro, and the train signals on top of the HOBBYSHOP, awesome, Briansilvermustang, great pictures as usual, UPS trailer on the bridge, Lee Drennen, great scene with the Steamer really Smoking...Everyone have a great weekend...6B5125B0-653C-489B-9B4B-A3AA7B85522F5EB106A5-2888-46C6-8F42-99616AAAA94F7BA356A4-A73A-45D0-9DD3-914FDDB2461B16E87DBF-1940-44D8-AD21-8D1EC3E4C878

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