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Looking out over the nose of L&N E7 760, this is the view from the fireman’s seat as train 6, the New Orleans-Cincinnati “Humming Bird” approaches its final stop at CUT in the Queen City. The train has a clear berth ahead on the south side of the busy terminal (note the yellow over red “Approach” dwarf signal just beyond the double-slip switch). A CUT SW8 sits off to the left in the clear, ready to start plucking cars off the “Bird” shortly after it arrives. CUT survives, of course, as the Cincinnati Museum Center (at least the rotunda, on the right, and Tower A; the concourse was razed many years ago for an intermodal yard). The annual “Summerail” multi-media event is held here (a “must” for serious rail photographers). The early morning scene was taken by the late Joe Morton, a veteran “Short Line” engineer who cut his teeth firing 4-6-2s and 2-8-2s between Louisville and Cincinnati in the early ‘40s. He took time off to serve his country as a Marine during WWII and came back to the L&N to have a distinguished career. Since this is being uploaded on Memorial Day weekend 2012, it’s an appropriate moment to respect and honor the memory of men and women like Joe, who made sure our capital today was neither Tokyo or Berlin. It’s too easy for those who only know WWII as a vague event in world history to not fully grasp the gravity of what Joe and his generation accomplished.
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