The Schafers are a railroad family: Joel and Barbara, his wife, stand smiling next to a Burlington Northern locomotive in Alliance in 1983, as they prepare to take a 106-car coal train from Alliance to Edgemont, South Dakota. Joel's first job with BN was as a carpenter in 1977 but the next year he went into engine service. He retired from BNSF on July 1, 2007. Barbara, who worked on the brakemanís extra board in 1983, is now a locomotive engineer for BNSF. They live in Alliance. Cook took the photo for the BLEís newspaper, The Locomotive Engineer. The image appeared in the Center for Railroad Photography & Art's exhibition at the Carnegie Arts Center in Alliance, Nebraska, in 2008. A retirement picture for Joel also appears on this site.