RailPictures.Net Photo: MILW 631 Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific EMD SW1200 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin by Tom Farence
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» 1967
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Back in 67 …..I've got one year seniority as a Fireman/Hostler on my families RR...THE MILWAUKEE ROAD....well...in Milwaukee where 10,000 people worked for the CMStP&P it WAS the biggest and best employer you could have a job with just ahead of Miller or any of the other six big breweries in town. I'm assigned to a regular Hostler Helper 3rd shift job and it's my off day. My phone ring around 3AM and it's the Milwaukee Road Caller at the shops who tells me Bill Schultz has laid off sick from the Watertown work train and would I deadhead out by my own vehicle to cover the Fireman's job..back in those days you deadheaded by train cause a lot of guys did not have cars and that was union rules...but this was short notice and there were no more trains to put me on...plus I had a vehicle.I'm like WOW a road job...sure I'll go.....I'll get paid deadhead freight miles both ways and it will be a 16 hour day so BIG BUCKs.…….it will probably pay me at least $19.00! I had a 65 Chevy Impala SS that I bought brand new for $2,200 gassed her up for 20 cents a gallon and headed west for Watertown a 50 mile drive on HY 16. I arrived at Watertown to find I would be firing for Engineer Peb Dudley and old (60) steam guy that always worked with his regular Fireman Bill Schultz but for some reason Bill threw a shoe.....Usually if Bill laid off Peb did too. I introduced myself to the other three guys on the crew (in Wisconsin at that time there still was a FULL CREW LAW) five guys Engineer Fireman Head Brakeman Rear Brakeman or Flagman and Conductor……...Our railroad at that time had NO 19 year old guys except me on the Milwaukee board and one long haired hippy freak at Portage...that was their terminology not mine...…..I went out to check the 631 our horse for the day water fuel oil was all good....supplies in the cab drinking water and ice....had to have ice....even though you could have scooped up shovels of snow anywhere along the RoW……..We departed Watertown headed east on the eastward track running extra caboose hop(engine/caboose no cars)with Peb running and me and the headman sitting on the LOVE seat on the left side....it was called the love seat cause you and the brakeman shared one bench that EMD and FM had installed when the RR did not want to pay for separate seating (toad stools) on the left side. Peb was playing a toon on that old single tone Leslie 25 pipe as we left town,,,,,now I want to tell you that I had gone fast on some locomotives on the Milwaukee Road in my short time but I never experienced the ride I would that day.....I' sure they were trying to scare the new kid and they did.....65-70mph on an SW1200 is not something you soon forget I'll tell you.....we bounced and slamed from side to side our way down that Lacrosse Division mainline all the way to Brookfield where we(THANK GOD)picked up a crane and some flat cars....we worked our 16 hours I deadheaded home in the my Chevy and all was right with the world......I LOVED MY JOB!!
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