From the Archives SRS 145 Part 23
- The trip to Altoona was disappointing and the railroad once we left Tyrone
was a much busier environment than i had ever been exposed to. We got a new
Chief, D.W. Yale. I do not think the new chief thought much of me and being
that it was just me and Jimmy Langdon on the car, I spent a lot of my time
up front. I was the Assistant Operator or the "Stooge" as Sperry guys refer
to the positiion. With van on the car i had the opportunity to show that I
was motivated. This new chief did not know anything about that, just that I
was a Stooge. It was a bit of a let down to have this new chief. On the
other hand we were headed EAST ansd that meant that for the first time in
two months I was headed toward home. One fine Friday afternoon we tied up
early and I headed home for the weekend. I caught a train somewhere in the
vicinity of Hershey and was home by 9 pm.
On the way back I was not certain how long it would take to the to the
There are only three things I can remember clearly about the return trip
that Sunday afternoon. Firts when I got to Penn Station I bought a ticket
and went down to the platform. I went past the first vestibule and the
second and approached the headend. I walked up to the cab of the GG-1 and
introduced myself to the engineer. this was easy as he had the window of the
GG-1 open and was jusrt sitting there. I explained I was heading back to the
SRS 145 down in (I can not remember the name of the town) and I needed to
get back there tonight. I produiced an Amtrak ticket and assured the hogger
that I was not looking for a freebie but would he mind if I rode the
The hogger looked me over and motioned to get on.
This part of the trip was UNFORGETTABLE!!!!! We passed through the Hudson
River tunnels and I was surprised that there was very little room between
the engine and hte walls of the tube. then we emerged into the light and out
ontyo the right of way above the New Jersey swamplands. we passed over a
bridge and I was standing behind the engineer looking down the snout of the
G at the straight track ahead. I glanced to the engineer's left, 102 MPH. We
This is how I spent the entire trip and I think the engineer appreciated my
interest. At one point we slowed way down. We had to take a train order.
Since it is 27 years later I will repeat it in its entirety
Train Order no 2516
July 29, 1979
C&E No 219 Engine 4930
AT FORD via SHORE
No 219, Eng 4930 has right over opposing trains on # 2 track FORD to North
Complete 6:04 pm
I later made it to the Sperry Car elated that I had had the opprtunity to
ride a GG-1.
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