From the Archives Conrail MofW part10
- I was about to sign off but this thread popped into my head
This past spring I was going past one of the only grade crossings on the
Hudson Division and I saw a bunch of track equipment going by the crossing
one at a time. I puled a u-turn and pulled over to have a look. Since I had
pulled up a guy in a white hat attempted to wave me through the downed
gates. I waved him off and got out of the car.
He looked me over and decided I was not a threat or anything he was going to
have to deal with and proceeded to try and get the track machines moving
I looked at him for a moment and he turned to me and asked if he could help
me with anything.
"Are you Nick Monteleone?" I asked.
He looked a little stunned. "Yes, do I know you?"
"Well no not really" , I remarked. "I worked for you back in 1980 as summer
help in the track department."
He looked me over and I noted that I had been in several gangs with Al
White, TE Small and Bruce Koch.
"I think I remember you" I am sure he was being polite but he noted that I
had the right names and must have been in the gang. We talked for a couple
minutes and then sensing that he needed to get back to work I excused
Okay thats from the grey matter between my ears. But now from the wall of
the train room in the basement
On the back of a form..........you guessed it on the back of an M
To Whom it May concern,
Joe Klapkowski is presently a trackman headquartered at North White Plains,
He is under my employ.
Asst. Supv. Prod.
I kept this along with my Conrail issued pass which I suspect I got just
before I left the track deprtment.
I wanted to mention one other thing about a derailment but I will leave that
story to another time.
Whats in your archives..............................