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Handing up Train Orders at Mentzer, Ohio (editor's title)

NYC freight taking orders
Operator handing up orders to New York Central freight train at Mentzer, Ohio, in 1964. The consequences of human error on the railroad can be very serious. As an employee, you have to know that others are "heads-up" and will do their job properly just as they need to know that you will. That's as true today as it was when train movements were directed by written orders handed up to passing trains by employees known as "block operators," who worked in small, often remote buildings like the one shown at right. Missed orders could mean delays, or worse, a collision. Dewey Beaver is enginner of First 95, the train picking up orders. The photographer was fireman on the southbound "extra" (unscheduled train) in the backgound with engineer Russ Carlen. Many railroads used train orders into the 1980s.
Source Chris Burger, Russiaville, Indiana
Coverage Spatial, Mentzer, Ohio; Temporal, 1964
Rights Chris Burger
Date Created 1964
Resource Type
Extent 35mm
Depicted Railroad
Location Mentzer, Ohio
Depicted Occupation
Equipment, Locomotive F7A #1665
Builder, locomotive Electro-Motive Division, General Motors Corporation
Creator Description Chris Burger retired in 1998 from Central Properties, Inc,. of Kokomo, Indiana, a short line railroad holding company where he was CEO. His railroad career also includes the positions of COO of the Central Vermont Railway and positions with the Chicago & North Western Railway ranging from Trainmaster to Vice President. He began railroading in 1960 as a signal helper on the New York Central Railroad. Burger conceived and managed the C&NW's steam locomotive program. He is a published railroad photographer and a collector of railroad artwork.
Collection Chris Burger Collection
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