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Santa Fe Railway Operator at Lubbock, Texas (editor's title)

AT&SF operator A. V. Roberts
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway train order operator A. V. Roberts at Lubbock, Texas, on November 19, 1963. Roberts is talking to a train over the company radio, which is the blue box under the clipboard at right. The phone to his left was a direct line to the dispatcher. Note the blank train orders in the tall cabinet at left and the completed train orders in the desk. Train orders were used to authorize train movements and amend published schedules into the 1980s on the Santa Fe. Note also the telegraph sounder, still operational but rarely used, in the lower right corner. The Prince Albert tobacco can was ubiquitous and improved the telegraph's tone. On the shelf beyond the train order cabinet is a stack of waybills with a switchlist on top, used by trains' conductors when picking up and dropping off freight cars. At the time of the photo, the train order office was located in a modified mobile home. The old freight house had been destroyed by fire on May 28, 1962, and its brick replacement did not open until December 1963. Lubbock was an important yard and junction on the Santa Fe's mainline between Texas and Clovis, New Mexico, where the "Texas Line" joined the transcontinental line between Chicago and the West Coast. Lubbock remains a busy location on the BNSF system. Three days after this photo was made, President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, 350 miles east of Lubbock.
Source Joe McMillan, Arvada, Colorado
Coverage Spatial, Lubbock, Texas; Temporal, November 19, 1963
Rights Joe McMillan
Date Created 1963-11-19
Resource Type
Extent 35mm
People: Name
Depicted Railroad
Location Lubbock, Texas
Depicted Occupation
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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