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BNSF Railway Brakeman Jack Schurtz (editor's title)

Jack Schurtz, who works in train service for the BNSF Railway, copying orders in the cab of locomotive no. 799, a C44-9W built by General Electric. At the time of the photo, Schurtz was working as brakeman on a freight train called the El Paso Road Switcher out of El Paso, Texas. Schurtz has worked for the BNSF and its predecessor, AT&SF, out of El Paso since 1973, and many of the area's newer employees owe their knowledge to him. This particular train is rare for 21st century freight trains because it still employs a three-person crew; most freight trains have utilized two-person crews since the 1980s. However, as its name implies, the road switcher performs considerable switching duties serving industries around El Paso, requiring a regular brakeman in addition to the engineer and conductor.
Source Travis Berryman, El Paso, Texas
Coverage Spatial, El Paso, Texas; Temporal, April 14, 2009
Rights Travis Berryman
Date Created 2009-04-14
Resource Type
Extent 10.2 megapixels RAW file
Depicted Railroad
Location El Paso, Texas
Depicted Occupation
Train Type Freight train
Equipment, Locomotive C44-9W no. 799
Builder, locomotive General Electric
Creator Description Travis Berryman was born in McCloud, California, and enjoyed a close relationship with his grandfather, Jim Berryman, a carman for the McCloud River Railroad. Travis hired out with the McCloud River in 1988 on the summer tie gang, a special work program set up by the railroad to help college students pay for their educations. He left McCloud in 1995 to pursue a career with the Burlington Northern, beginning in Alliance, Nebraska. Berryman worked across the BN and BNSF Railway systems as a switchman, brakeman, and engineer, before switching to management in 2004. He developed a serious interest in photography around 1992 as a means of documenting his family, workplace, and coworkers.
Collection Travis Berryman Collection
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