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» Soo Line (more..)
» GE U30C (more..)
» Milwaukee Road Milwaukee Terminal North Milwaukee (more..)
» North Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA (more..)
» 1977
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» SOO 806 (more..)
» SOO 233 (more..)
» Tom Farence (more..)
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SOO 233 has stopped it's train on the north end of Glendale Yard on the mainline and has gone into the yard to make a pick-up. North Milwaukee tower is on the left and I'm standing in front of the North Milwaukee depot of the Milwaukee Road where the Norther and Superior Division split. Again...it appears record snows have made rail operations tough to say the least...………………….. Back in 1966 I was working an afternoon Hostler Helper job with Hostler George MacEwan a C&M Engineer that couldn't hold a road job as either Fireman or Engineer......On the Milwaukee Road in Milwaukee seven Divisions of Enginemen held joint seniority in the Milwaukee Terminal for Hostler and Hostler Helper jobs.Anyway....George and I were going to North Milwaukee by company truck driven by Machinist Eddy Loffy…….now Eddy was up in years and was relegated by his physical condition to a Chauffeurs position....the Milwaukee Road took good care of their people......well most of them were related or belonged to organizations together...all were pretty tight. Anyway.....Eddy drove George and I to North Mil to get engine 710 a FM switcher. Upon arrival at N,MILwaukee I called the tower operator on the block phone to inform him of our intentions....he informed me that we would have to go out the north end as the south was blocked. I released the hand brake and removed the blocks by the wheels.....George whistled off placed the bell on and away we went north....George was whistling for Cameron St. and I was sitting on the left hand seat box when all of a sudden Eddy came out from behind the depot crossing in front of us at Cameron St.....well you guessed it....we it old Eddy and the Black Maria company panel truck square in the side...…….Eddy was not hurt but I'm sure the embarrassment for all of us was abit much as we had just hit our own driver. Well....to make a long story short....George called up one of his relatives in the towing business to take the truck back to the RR and Eddy rode with us back downtown......neither George or I ever heard anything about the accident at all but I think Eddy received a record mark out of it.....Just another day on the "OLD" Milwaukee Road...……..
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