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Date: 02/14/20 02:55
This Steam Engineer Has An Interesting Habit While Running!
Author: LoggerHogger

You see all kinds of ways crew members went about their jobs in the steam era.  Each of these men had their own way of handling their jobs while running the trains they were assigned to.

On the White River Lumber Co. of Enunclaw, Washington, there was one engineer whose habit it was to hang his right leg out the cab window as he operated the locomotive.  No matter what engine he was assigned to run at White River, you could always see him with his one leg hanging over the window sill.

Like I said, every crew had their own way of doing their jobs.

Martin



Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 02/14/20 07:24 by LoggerHogger.






Date: 02/14/20 04:20
Re: This Steam Engineer Has An Interesting Habit While Running!
Author: PlyWoody

Which leg? 



Date: 02/14/20 04:25
Re: This Steam Engineer Has An Interesting Habit While Running!
Author: LoggerHogger

Looks like his right leg.

Martin



Date: 02/14/20 04:42
Re: This Steam Engineer Has An Interesting Habit While Running!
Author: RGTower

I knew a guy that used to wrap the horn handle in C-fold towels and a rubber band before he left the terminal on every trip. None of the other handles got wrapped in a paper towel. Just the horn.



Date: 02/14/20 06:04
Re: This Steam Engineer Has An Interesting Habit While Running!
Author: co614

I knew him. He had bad arthritis in his right hip socket and the only relief he got was when his right leg was elevated plus 2 generous shots of Wild Turkey per hour kept him going.

  Whatever floats your boat !!

   Ross Rowland 



Date: 02/14/20 06:38
Re: This Steam Engineer Has An Interesting Habit While Running!
Author: LarryDoyle

Interseting...

Question. Why would they be setting out that yarder in the middle of a bridge?

-LD



Date: 02/14/20 07:11
Re: This Steam Engineer Has An Interesting Habit While Running!
Author: LoggerHogger

LarryDoyle Wrote:
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> Interseting...
>
> Question. Why would they be setting out that
> yarder in the middle of a bridge?
>
> -LD

They are not setting it out.  They are doing some switching.  This bridge was at the mill in Enumclaw.  The brakeman is riding the rear footboards up to the switch that is off the bridge to the right.

Martin



Date: 02/14/20 07:15
Re: This Steam Engineer Has An Interesting Habit While Running!
Author: czuleget

Well for sure, he has a leg up on all the other crew members. :>)



Date: 02/14/20 08:49
Re: This Steam Engineer Has An Interesting Habit While Running!
Author: wjpyper

What would OSHA think of that?
 



Date: 02/14/20 08:56
Re: This Steam Engineer Has An Interesting Habit While Running!
Author: nsrlink

RGTower Wrote:
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> I knew a guy that used to wrap the horn handle in
> C-fold towels and a rubber band before he left the
> terminal on every trip. None of the other handles
> got wrapped in a paper towel. Just the horn.

Yeah, he must have been prevelant all over the system.  I always though those guys were a$$ hats since they didn't bother to remove their jerry-rigged stuff from the engine at the completion of their runs, leaving their crap for the next guy..



Date: 02/14/20 10:37
Re: This Steam Engineer Has An Interesting Habit While Running!
Author: Trainhand

I knew several that wrapped the horn with towels also.



Date: 02/14/20 11:07
Re: This Steam Engineer Has An Interesting Habit While Running!
Author: 4451Puff

The wooden handle on the horn cord would get grimier than the other handles on the control stand which were plastic, metal, or rubber coated metal. In cold or humid environments it would become downright sticky & nasty to the touch.



Date: 02/14/20 11:17
Re: This Steam Engineer Has An Interesting Habit While Running!
Author: ts1457

I've noticed that people who drive Jeep's without doors like to hang that leg out, too.

 



Date: 02/14/20 22:46
Re: This Steam Engineer Has An Interesting Habit While Running!
Author: Elesco

...except that while driving, it is the other leg.



Date: 02/15/20 06:59
Re: This Steam Engineer Has An Interesting Habit While Running!
Author: dougd

I once knew a man with  a wooden leg named  Smith



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