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The Young Guns

P&W railroaders
Portland & Western Railroad train service employees Randy Harrison (on the left) and Rudy White in Albany, Oregon, circa 2007. Shortline railroads of the 21st century often employ younger workers in train service, including many young men in their 20s like these. Throughout much of the 20th century, railroad work was often a career job, but as with many American industries, that is no longer the case. Not long after this photograph, White quit the railroad to fly helicopters.
Alternate Title Young Railroaders on the Portland & Western (editor's title)
Source Louis Thelen, Shedd, Oregon
Coverage Spatial, Albany, Oregon; Temporal, circa 2007
Rights Louis Thelen
Date Created c2007
Resource Type
Extent 10.2 megapixel RAW file
Depicted Railroad
Creator Description Louis Thelen is a lifelong rail enthusiast and resident of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Born and raised in Salem, the state capital, he began as a child to take railroad photographs with a Kodak Brownie box camera, riding his bike to the Southern Pacific tracks at the state fairgrounds. In 1996, Thelen left the grocery business and began a second career working for the Portland & Western Railroad. He is currently the regular engineer on the Albany night yard job and says, “I always carry my camera!” Louis lives in Shedd, Oregon, with his wife Vickie, six Border Collies, and a flock of chickens.
Collection Louis Thelen Collection
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