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712TH PX Choo-Choo

712TH PX Choo-Choo

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PX
Choo-Choo
Supplies
UN
Troops
North
of
Normal
Outlet
WITH
EIGHTH
ARMY—"If
they can't get to the
PX,
takethe PX to
'em,"
is the philos-ophy
of the
712th Railway
Operating
Battalion in Korea.
Mobile
PXs
are
certainly
not
new,
but the
mobile
marts
on
rails do the job up right. Of
the
three
trairs
that operatein Korea, the
largest
and oldest
is the one
that
pulls
out of its
home baseat
Yongdongpo
andmakes
the
northern
run.
'UNDER
THE
command
of 1st
Lt.
Barney Lawrence
of Evans-
ville,
Ind., the
train makes
a
1500-mile
shuttle along the route
from
Taejon
to
Taekwangi,
plus
a few
extra
stopovers such
as
Munsan, where
the
correspond-
ents
covering
the
peace talksare billeted.
For
those
who
havo
a
nose
for
business, Lt.
Lawrence
re-
ports that
he has a
gold
mine—
a
gross
of$25,000 each
trip,
which takes
it out of the "small
business"
classification,
SUPERVISED
BY
the
Japan
Central
Exchange,
the
trainmakes
38
stops
on its
roundtrip.
At
every stop,
the PX
trainis mobbed by customers eager
for
everything
from
shavingcream
to
watches
and
cameras,although
the
latter items
are
mighty scarce. Candy, beer andcoke
are
high
on the
preferencelist
of
every customer.
THE MEN
who work on thetrain double in brass all the
time.
Cpl.
Clarence
G.
Rank
who
worked,
as a
trainman
incivilian
life,
is a
combinationclerk, chief bookkeeper anc
trainman.
He
started with
the
train last August when
it
made
its
first
run.
The
crew
all
live
on the
train,
like
a
band
of
gypsies migrat-ing through Korea. Their home
and PX
consists
of
Korean
box
cars which have been converted
into
billets
and
store, plus some-thing
few
trains
in
Korea
can
boast—an
engine assigned tothem alone.
ON
THE
next trip, somethingnew will be
added—a
special
car set up as a
self-service,
cash
and-carry
store.
Tell-Tale Talk
WITH
U.S.
40TH
Dl\—
A
rifle-:man
in
Company A,
223d
Infan-
try
Regiment,
was
slightly
dis-
turbed
when
hereceiveda
pack-
age
from home,
It
wasn't
the
contents
thai
bothered
Cpl.
Albert
Marcoux,Oakland,
R.I.
After
all,
there's
nothing
wrong with
an
ex-trainer
receiving
the
tail
,of his
favoritehorse from
his
former employer.
But
what really gets Marcoux
down
is his
buddies' attitude.
"I
don't
mind
the
horse
tail,"
Marcoux smiled,
"but
I'm
sure
getting
tired
of the
horse
laugh."
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