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Coal Train Engineer (editor's title)

Jack Scott
Engineer Jack L. Scott had just brought a train of 111 empty coal cars 190 miles from Ravenna to Alliance, Nebraska. The empties were on their way to the Powder River Basin coal district in southeast Montana and northeast Wyoming. Scott hired out on the railroad as an electrician in 1971 but went into engine service in 1974. He retired in 1997, and in 2008 was living in Alliance. The photo was taken by the late Richard J. Cook on September 26, 1983, and published in the October 21, 1983 issue of “The Locomotive Engineer,” at the time the Brotherhood’s official monthly newspaper. The image appeared in the Center for Railroad Photography & Art's exhibition at the Carnegie Arts Center in Alliance, Nebraska, in 2008.
Source John Bentley, editor, BLE-T
Coverage Spatial, Alliance, Nebraska; Temporal, 1983
Rights Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers-Trainmen
Date Created 1983
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Location Alliance, Nebraska
Creator Description Richard Cook went to work for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers as a photographer in 1968, retiring as editor of the "Locomotive Engineer" newspaper and director of public relations of the BLE on March 31, 1985. Just prior to his retirement, he was made an honorary member of the BLE, an honor bestowed on a dozen or so individuals in the BLE's 144-year history. The Railway & Locomotive Historical Society recognized him for lifetime achievement in photography in 1992. His obituary in the Cleveland "Plain Dealer" told of his achievements: "He became a professional photographer, managing editor of a photography magazine, railroad switchman, a union chromicler, an author and illustrator of six books about railroading, and, as a result, a respected historian of the industry."
Collection Public Relations Office Collection
Institution
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