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Date: 08/11/20 14:24
Those darn steam connectors
Author: retcsxcfm

They were a real PIA.Several different makes
and two cars might not have the same kind makes
the job harder.
I don't know why I thought of this but there were
two kinds of people on the railroad.The "workers"
and the "employed".
Carmen,signal men,boilermakers,machinest,track
gangs,to name a few  that worked on the railroad.

Clerks,train service,tower operators,ticket sellers
yardmasters,dispatchers are some that were employed.

I WORKED for the railroad.

Uncle Joe
Seffner,Fl.



Date: 08/11/20 19:56
Re: Those darn steam connectors
Author: Drknow

Got the popcorn ready.

Posted from iPhone



Date: 08/11/20 21:50
Re: Those darn steam connectors
Author: tomstp

Salty?  Or loaded with butter?



Date: 08/12/20 12:40
Re: Those darn steam connectors
Author: HotWater

So,,,,,,,,,,,,does that imply "Strong back, weak mind."?



Date: 08/12/20 16:59
Re: Those darn steam connectors
Author: PHall

tomstp Wrote:
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> Salty?  Or loaded with butter?

Both!



Date: 08/13/20 06:22
Re: Those darn steam connectors
Author: Englewood

I always thought the best railroaders were those that attempted to learn and
appreciate what those in the other crafts did.  The signal maintainer who knew
what the signals meant and their effect on train movement, the DS who understood
what it took to troubleshoot a bad circuit, the track man who realized when traffic
was heavy and how his work would effect it, the YM who knew what it was like to
make hoses on 100 cars, etc.

There were others who thought that just showing up for work, more or less on time,
entitled them to 8 hours pay.  Anything more than showing up required either an
early quit or four hours O.T. plus what every penalties they could think of.

Then there were some who would walk a track or two and spend the rest of
the shift in the shanty bitching about how easy everyone else's life was.

 



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/13/20 06:28 by Englewood.



Date: 08/13/20 08:16
Re: Those darn steam connectors
Author: TAW

Englewood Wrote:
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> I always thought the best railroaders were those
> that attempted to learn and
> appreciate what those in the other crafts did.

That is the epitome of Railroader.

The rest work for a railroad or are employed by a railroad.

TAW



Date: 08/13/20 08:20
Re: Those darn steam connectors
Author: TAW

retcsxcfm Wrote:
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> They were a real PIA.Several different makes
> and two cars might not have the same kind makes
> the job harder.
> I don't know why I thought of this but there were
> two kinds of people on the railroad.The "workers"
> and the "employed".
> Carmen,signal men,boilermakers,machinest,track
> gangs,to name a few  that worked on the
> railroad.
>
> Clerks,train service,tower operators,ticket
> sellers
> yardmasters,dispatchers are some that were
> employed.
>
> I WORKED for the railroad.

I thought that way, once upon a time when I was very young.

Ever get in your car after work so exhausted that you couldn't face driving home and just sat there for an hour?

TAW



Date: 08/13/20 12:08
Re: Those darn steam connectors
Author: Drknow

I find myself doing the “debriefing” more and more at work. 12 and tow seven days a week is becoming the PSR mantra and don’t lay-off or your fired. I’m not being facetious when I say it part of the carriers plan to either force us to quit with physical and mental exhaustion or we die before 60. Either way the UP is happy to be rid of us.

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Date: 08/13/20 13:17
Re: Those darn steam connectors
Author: Englewood

From the 1949 Modern Railroads magazine digitized by the good people at 
Google Books




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