Jack Delano’s photographic story of Chicago railroading for FSA-OWI covered virtually every aspect of railroad life . . . except for accidents. Fatal and disabling mishaps were, and are, an altogether too common element in the industry, but an element which did not necessarily harmonize with the positive approach Delano’s assignment compelled him to take. This image of officers of Albert Keep Lodge No. 364, International Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen at West Chicago in January, 1943, carries with it that element through the accidental death, twelve years later, of one of the officers, Carl Berkes, third from left. In March, 1955, he fell backwards under the wheels of a passing train and suffered immediately fatal head injuries at the age of 53. One of the regular commuters whose tickets Berkes routinely collected or punched remembered him as “a kind, gentle man who performed his duties with faithfulness and thoroness.” (The spelling of “thoroughness” was one of the attempts of the Chicago Tribune, which published the tribute to Berkes, to modernize English.) The officers in the picture were, from left, vice-president E. H. Schlueter, a yard engine foreman; treasurer and local chairman F. C. Ehredt, a ticket collector and assistant conductor; Berkes, who was the lodge’s legislative representative and a passenger trainman; and president W. M. Hoag, a yard engine foreman. The lodge was a local for Chicago & North Western employees, organized in 1890 and with 150 members in 1943. Part of Delano’s assignment was to document patriotic wartime activity on the homefront. His notes indicate that the lodge bought $400 in war bonds with funds from its treasury, a sum worth well more than 10 percent of an average household’s income in 1943.