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Paycar Distributing Railroaders' Wages in Mexico (editor's title)

NdeM paycar
National Railways of Mexico (NdeM) paycar distributing wages to workers along the NdeM's mainline between Laredo, Texas and Mexico City in November 1962. Railroads across North American once used paycars to pay their employees who worked in remote areas. While the practice ended in the United States in the early decades of the 20th century, it continued into the 1990s in Mexico. Note the soldier standing in the middle of the image: one or two soldiers always accompanied Mexican paycars. The paycar was on the rear of NdeM train #4, which was a secondary passenger train running between Nuevo Laredo and Mexico City. The premier passenger train on the route was the Aztec Eagle, which connected with Missouri Pacific's Texas Eagle at Laredo. For a closer view of the pay window, see record 1806.
Source Joe McMillan, Arvada, Colorado
Coverage Spatial, between Monterrey and Saltillo, Mexico; Temporal, November 1962
Rights Joe McMillan
Date Created 1962-11
Resource Type
Extent 2-1/4 in. x 2-1/4 in.
Depicted Railroad
Location between Monterrey and Saltillo, Mexico
Creator Description Joe McMillan was raised in the small south-central Texas community of Yorktown, located on a now-abandoned Southern Pacific branch line. He received a civil engineering degree from Texas Tech University at Lubbock, Texas. Aside from a military obligation with the Army Corps of Engineers, he spent his entire career with the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway, working his way up from draftsman to assistant director of safety and rules. Following his retirement in 1995, Joe moved his family to Arvada, Colorado, where he stays busy traveling and publishing railroad calendars and books.
Collection Joe McMillan Collection
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