Holding a Grudge

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by brakie, Jan 4, 2004.

  1. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    When I first went to work on the PRR in July,1966 I started my training as a brakeman in the Cleveland Avenue yards in Columbus.One of the brakeman that help train me was a guy called "Red"(sadly "Red" would loose his life later in the line of duty..But that's another story).
    We had been working the east ladder of the westbound yard when we had to take a cut of cars over to the east bound yard.Now in order to do this we had to use the "runner" track that went by the yard office.Red said to me with a all knowing smile "Larry pay attention to the engine when we go by the yard office"..I thought ok,whats so special about that but all I said was "Ok".

    The engine we was using was a old and worn FM10-44(9090?) that seen better days and was on borrowed time..Now the windows of the yard office was open as it was a real hot July day and just as the engine got even with the office the engineer open the throttle and blue smoke bellow out of the stacks and went into the yard office gagging everybody in the office no doubt.I got this puzzled look on my face and all Red said was wait till we return..After setting the cars off we was returning to the east ladder of the WB yard we get even with the yard office and the same thing happen for the second time the engineer open the throttle putting out more blue smoke.
    We made 3 more trips by that yard office that day and the engineer would smoke up the yard office on each pass and all I could think of was getting reported and having to answer up to the Division Superintendent something I did not want to do as a new hire even though there was nothing I could do about what took place.That should have been the conductors job but he failed to say anything to the engineer.So now I was wondering why the engineer would do such a thing and I ask Red..Red told me years ago the engineer had a very pretty girlfriend and he had plans on marrying her and the yard master(at that time a yard conductor) also had eyes for this maiden fair .Of course he stole her heart and she dumped the engineer and married the conductor.This was a well known fact and the chief crew caller would try his best to keep these two apart as he knew the engineer had a grudge against the day yard master but at times he had no choice but to let those 2 work together with the same results as above.As far as I know this was never reported to the Division Super or if it had been reported very little action may have taken place..
  2. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

  3. philip

    philip Guest

    :D :thumb: :D

  4. zeeglen

    zeeglen Member

    The human side of railroading!:thumb:
  5. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    Did the yard master ever find ways to get back at the engineer?
  6. DanishKnight

    DanishKnight Member

    Brakie (Larry),

    I really enjoyed the story about the engineer and the yard master! Never worked for any RR, but I enjoy the stories the veterans pass back and forth. We lost more than the sound of steam and ringing bells from the good old days. Now a days there's too much "political correctness" to worry about. A good grudge never hurt anybody. 'Course the negineer got his heart broken, but at least he had fun with the yard master. Pay back well deserved.

    Thanks for the chuckle,
  7. Tileguy

    Tileguy Member

    Paybacks!! :D :D :D
  8. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    I love old stories like this. They bring history and who we are alive. Thanks for the story. DASH:D
  9. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    Too Cool!!! These are great tales Brakie!! :D :D
  10. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    :thumb: To bad you can't model stories like that...
  11. Medicine Man

    Medicine Man Member

    She must of been quite the doll!!!

  12. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Thanks for prviding a smile brackie. Great story
  13. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    Brakie, thanks for this fine story. Kepp'em coming, I like them very much. :thumb:

    Imagine that every guy who lost a girl to another one had a diesel loco! Man, we couldn't see the the hand before our eyes for all that smoke in the world! :D :D :D

  14. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    Ralph ask:Did the yard master ever find ways to get back at the engineer?
    Ralph,Not that I know of..I did hear that if the YM saw this engineer coming,he would close the track side windows of the yard office but I understand that did happen to often and the office usually got "smoke up".

    Needless to say the other engineers thought that it was funny that a engineer would use a locomotive other then what it was intended for and gave this engineer the moniker of "Smokin' Joe" even though the engineer's name was not Joe.
  15. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    :thumb: Brakie :wave:

    Another great story! Keep 'em comin'!

    So, what ever happened to poor old Red?
  16. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    Jon,Sadly Red made a fatal mistake.He was working the cabin car (PRR talk for cabooses)switch job,(this crew adds or removes cabooses from inbound/outbound trains) and he step off of a cabin car and started to cross the tracks and was ran over by a light unit consist .:(

    Red had 14 years of service and was a very good man to work with and one that knew and did his job well.He always had a ready smile and a good joke to tell.I really missed working with him after his untimely death.
  17. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Thanks for another great slice of RR life story Brakie. Too bad about Red - that's a tragic end to the whole tale.


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