Jack Schurtz, who works in train service for the BNSF Railway, copying orders in the cab of locomotive no. 799, a C44-9W built by General Electric. At the time of the photo, Schurtz was working as brakeman on a freight train called the El Paso Road Switcher out of El Paso, Texas. Schurtz has worked for the BNSF and its predecessor, AT&SF, out of El Paso since 1973, and many of the area's newer employees owe their knowledge to him. This particular train is rare for 21st century freight trains because it still employs a three-person crew; most freight trains have utilized two-person crews since the 1980s. However, as its name implies, the road switcher performs considerable switching duties serving industries around El Paso, requiring a regular brakeman in addition to the engineer and conductor.