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Towing Late Train into the Yards (editor's title)

Engineer's view of another train
A yard locomotive tows Milwaukee Road freight train 255 at the east end of the Portage, Wisconsin, yard because 255's crew had used up its service hours--"died on the law." The yard locomotive is in front of the three "covered wagons" (F7 type diesel units on the right). The train on the left is returning from leaving a coal train at Columbia power plant on the M&P (Madison & Portage) branch. Without the photographer's notes, we would not know that this photograph illustrates a common circumstance late 20th century railroading: late trains due to deferred maintenance. Laws prohibit crews from working more than 12 hours, so railroads had to provide yard crews to bring the train in. The other train demonstrates a national phenomonon: vast quantities of coal moving by rail to electrical generating plants.
Source Tom Farence
Coverage Spatial, Portage, Wisconsin; Temporal, 1978
Rights Tom Farence
Date Created 1978
Resource Type
Extent 35 mm
Depicted Railroad
Location Portage, Wisconsin
Image Type Trains in a railroad yard
Train Type Freight train
Equipment, Locomotive F units on train 255
Builder, locomotive Electro-Motive Division, General Motors
Creator Description Tom Farence went to work for the Milwaukee Road in 1966. He continued his railroad career on the Canadian Pacific, I&M RailLink, and Iowa, Chicago & Eastern until retiring on disability in 2005. The photos here were taken while he was in engine service between Milwaukee and Portage, Wisconsin, through 1986.
Collection Tom Farence Collection
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