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Vol. VI. No.

4 APRIL 1945

G o v . D e w e y S p e a k s a s G i a n t N e w T y p e L o c o m o t i v e is N a m e d " N i a g a r a "

Gerald Greenwood
Quota War Bond
Indiana Division
Brakeman, Killed
Gerald Greenwood, for three years Payroll Sales to
a brakeman on the Chicago district
east, Indiana Division, was killed in
action in Belgium, January 20.
He had been in service since July
10, 1944. Start April 9th
He visited his home at Pierceville,
Indiana, on furlough, on December
10. After his return there was little or Mobilization of the railroad industry
no news of his whereabouts until for the Seventh War Loan advance
the news of his death. payroll savings campaign, which be-
He was twenty-six and leaves a gins April 9, was pledged at a con-
wife and two children. ference, in New York, of chairmen
and members of the War Bond com-
mittees of 14 Northeastern railroads,
among them the New York Central
Pvt. Regnier, Chicago, System.
The conference was thefinalin a se-
W a s K i l l e d in B e l g i u m ries of four regional meetings conducted
Pvt. Gregory Regnier, 19, reported during March in key cities throughout
in the March issue of the CENTRAL the country, at which the labor-
HEADLIGHT as having been missing in management War Bond committees of
action, in Belgium, since December 62 railroads and subsidiaries accepted
17, 1944, was killed in action on that the responsibility of initiating a quota
date, according to later information Governor Dewey is shown speaking just after The Niagara made its debut from the erecting shed in the rear. President system for extra Bond purchases on
received by his parents. Prior to en- Metzman stands at the Governor's left. the payroll savings plan.
listment, Pvt. Regnier was Yard Clerk Under the newly adopted quota
at Englewood. system, all New York Central em-
He was the son of Louis J. Regnier, 1 0 0 0 C h e e r as C e n t r a l s Biggest High S p e e d ployes are asked to purchase extra
City Freight Agent, Chicago. He at- Bonds on a sliding scale based upon
tended Harper High School in Chi- Engine is Accepted b y President M e t z m a n their average monthly earnings. In
cago, and entered the Army March 23, previous drives, employes were urged
1944. A memorial mass was celebrated from the erecting shed, before which to buy an extra $100 Bond, regard-
H u q e Coal-Burninq Steamer, of 6.000 Horse Power. was placed the speakers' stand. The
March 3, in St. Columbanus Church. less of their wages.
Makes Debut a t S c h e n e c t a d y , March 10 — assemblage cheered as the huge new
locomotive's whistle sounded lustily, The Seventh War Loan purchase
25 More t o Follow Soon period for payroll buying has been
for the first time officially.
increased from eight to twelve weeks,
Killed in Germany
G OVERNOR Thomas E. Dewey, tively, of the American Locomotive After the formal ceremony, Gov-
of New York State, was the Company were broadcast over radio ernor Dewey, under the escort of
with all Bonds processed through July
7 counting toward the campaign quota.
guest of honor at an impressive station WGY. President Metzman and Alco execu-
James L. Houghteling, Director,
As President Metzman named
ceremony in Schenectady at noon, locomotive the Niagara, it made a climbedthe tives, inspected the locomotive and
in the cab for a lengthy National Organizations, War Finance
March 10, when Gustav Metz- stately entry, steaming slowly out visit, during which he blew the Division, warned against arguments
man, President of the New York whistle. that because the war is almost won in
Central System, accepted delivery Europe the need is lesser. "When the
Later, the Governor and the rail- government asks for $14,000,000,000,
of a new type combination passen- The Niagara road and plant executives had lunch- as it asks in this drive," he said, "you
ger and freight locomotive and eon with 500 of the workmen who can be sure it needs $14,000,000,000."
in Brief built the Niagara. After the luncheon
named it the Niagara. the Governor inspected the Alco plant He praised the railroaders for their
The locomotive is the biggest FIRST of a new 4-8-4 series, to be and
known as the Niagara type. later visited the General Electric achievements in the Sixth War Loan
campaign, in which more than $41,-
and most powerful coal-fired steam Horsepower estimated as at least factories. 000,000 worth of Bonds were pur-
locomotive ever built for high 6000 in the higher speed ranges. Chairman Dickerman of the Alco chased under railroad payroll savings
speed service on the New York Of high capacity for use in both Company called attention to the fact deductions plans. The results in that
Central. Twenty-five similar ones fast freight and passenger service. that the American Locomotive Com- campaign among 1,200,000 employes
are on order and will be delivered steamHas smooth boiler top with no pany had been building locomotives of the larger roads were 11 per cent
dome. for the New York Central since 1837. above the Fifth War Loan totals, and
later this year. Length just under 98 feet and President Fraser then introduced Presi- among 200,000 employes of smaller
The ceremony took place in the weight 445 tons. dent Metzman, who said: roads, the increase was 3 per cent. As
yards of the American Locomotive Unusually big boiler has working "I am glad that Mr. Fraser has so a whole, the railroad industry had a
Company, in the presence of numer- pressure of 275 pounds with 75-inch pleasantly called attention to the long 10 per cent increase in per capita sales
ous high ranking state and railroad wheels and 290 pounds with 79-inch and close association between our two in the Sixth War Loan compared to
Edward L. Gagat, former Erie Division officers and of almost a thousand of wheels. companies. The history of America is the Fifth.
Fireman, was killed in action at Luxem- the Alco workmen who had a part Huge tender has a capacity of 46 studded with similar partnerships and
tons of coal and 18,000 gallons of it is good to have them recognized Approximately 60 per cent of all
bourg, Germany, January 21. in the construction of the Niagara. the E-Bonds sold during a War Loan
Pvt. Gagat first entered the service water, which it can take from track occasionally.
Speeches by the Governor, who pans at 80-mile speed. campaign are purchased by workers
of this Company as a Fireman at Ash- called the locomotive "a symbol of "Our business on the railroad is to under payroll savings allotments. If
tabula, Ohio, October 14, 1943 and Aluminum smoke deflectors at
was inducted into the Armed Forces the great cooperation in New York front lift smoke'high above the move people with comfort, safety and these same percentages prevail, approx-
July 5, 1944. He received the major State between labor and management," train. speed, and to move the goods of the imately $2,400,000,000 of the E-Bond
portion of his training at Camp Hood, President Metzman, W. C. Dicker- Twenty-five similar locomotives nation, however great the load. To do quota for the Seventh War Loan
Texas and was sent overseas Decem- man and Duncan W. Fraser, Chairman now under construction. this requires power — lots of it. should be raised through payroll
ber 1, 1944. of the Board and President, respec- (Continued on page 12) savings.
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B u y 7 t h W a r L o a n B o n d s o n N e w P a y r o l l S a v i n g s P l a n

C e n t r a l H e a d l i g h t G e t Y o u r C o p y o f N . Y. C R e p o r t t o E m p l o y e s THE
Published monthly for New York Central System employes and their families WITH e a c h c o p y of t h e M a y issue, The C e n t r a l ROUNDHOUSE
in eleven states and two provinces of Canada by the Department of Public Rela- Headlight, there will be a c o p y of the C o m -
tions. Contributions are invited but no responsibility is assumed for their
return. Editorial offices, Room 1528, 466 Lexington Avenue, New York City. pany's r e p o r t t o employes for the y e a r 1944, one By
of the g r e a t historic periods in t h e C o m p a n y ' s annals. Sim P e r k i n s
Editor
The report, a t t r a c t i v e l y presented, will show, in
C. W. Y. Currie simple text, charts a n d pictograms, the y e a r ' s
Associate Editors operations a n d their results.
T H E reception accorded the Niagara
Frank A. Judd C. A. Radford Make sure t h a t you receive your copy! on its debut was probably the
Chicago Cincinnati greatest given any locomotive built
during the war.
Seldom does one see among the
Volume 6 APRIL, 1945 No. 4 welcomers of these railroad giants such
With the N. Y. G Soldiers in Assam an array of well known figures, in-
cluding the top officers of several
They Flew in Glory BELOW is an interesting word picture of scenes on the Bengal & Assam corporations known the world over,
Railway, which for many months has been operated in part by the 721st as well as the Governor and Speaker
NEWS of the recent loss, in battle, of the "New York Central II," Railway Operating Battalion, M.R.S., led by Lieut. Col. Karl Emmanuel of the of the Assembly of New York State
Martin medium bomber presented to the Army Air Forces in New York Central, which has many officers and men in the battalion. The and other political celebrities.
September, 1943, by New York Central System employes, was greeted story, written by Staff Sergt. Edgar Laytha, Staff Correspondent for the Best of all, the new locomotive,
"C.B.I. Roundup," published by the Army for the China-Burma-India Theater notable for its size, power and ef-
by all Central workers with mixed emotions. forces, is as follows: ficiency, justified in every respect the
Shock and regret at the probable loss of several or all of its crew Some 200 miles north of Calcutta, reception it got. It is perhaps the
of eight, although hope remains that some may be prisoners of war, the trains are trans-shipped to a nar- most impressive example of the iron
N. Y. C. Men in India horse ever seen on New York Central
were mingled with justifiable pride that the Marauder had survived, row gauge. There G.I.'s take over the
vital Bengal & Assam Railway, the rails. It and its successors, soon to
so long and so proudly, the terrible hazards of aerial warfare. Allies life line to the far East main issue from the erecting shed, will
The 103 combat missions credited officially to this bomber, the land fighting fronts. play an important part in the re-
only one which carried the name of a railroad into battle-torn skies, mainder of our war transportation
At Parbatipur, the first great G.I. effort.
encompassed a glorious career of achievement. Axis-held targets in terminal, we begin to witness a famil-
iar story. Yanks strike up the band It is to be noted that, like previous
the Mediterranean area, in France, Italy and Germany, all felt the types of New York Central engines
and it becomes an American symphony
devastating power thus hurled vicariously by every New York Central all the way to Ledo. Personnel and — Berkshire, Hudson and Mohawk —
employe who contributed to the cash fund with which the bomber military supplies, American and Brit- it is named for one of the outstanding
was purchased. Never did patriotic gift dollars bear more productive ish, are moved from here to Upper natural features of New York Central
Assam. territory.
dividends in defense of our homes and liberties.
G.I.'s supervise the handling of the The toll of New York Central men
Every railroad worker who had a share in making this bomber's stores, the operation of crane lines,
career possible may cherish a solemn pride in the record he helped lost in the war mounts steadily. The
check minimum delays of dozens of most recent compilation showed 353
to inscribe, through its offensive action, on enemy territory. Every trains a day coming down empty, mov- known dead and it is certain that this
bomb that the "New York Central II" dropped, every shot its guns ing up full. They are the brains be- is incomplete. Every day adds to the
fired, was in defense of our country and had a part in keeping the hind the cranes, which lift the air- total of those of our number who have
plane engines and maintenance trucks given their lives for us and for their
foe distant from our shores. over the heads of working coolies as country.
This bomber, and its predecessor, the "New York Central I," are if they were made of cellophane.
The net total of New York Central
now a unique and magnificent part of New York Central history. They boss the hundreds of Indian men and women in the Armed Forces
workers in the yard who unload the is fast approaching 27,000. In addi-
For the missing boys who manned it with such invincible courage, cars and transport the goods on their
our admiration, hopes and prayers! tion, approximately 2,200 have been
bare heads to the up-trains. These On left and right, respectively, are discharged from military service.
coolie-heads carry virtually everything Corp. Bill Galvin and Private Ray
that is needed to keep a front fighting. Galvin, former Cleveland Union Ter- March 15 was the day on which
Safety for Freight For instance: huge loads of Down- minals Switchmen. Their father, C. E.
Galvin, 30 years in service, is also a the negative was accentuated and the
flakes— potassium chloride — to keepC.U.T. switchman. In the center is positive was eliminated, so far as
APRIL is here, with fragrant breezes and bursting buds that fore-
shadow the pageant of color soon to deck the countryside
down the dust on the Ledo Road. "Cold Water" Decker, a former Big
Heavy Downflakes are carried on the Four Fireman and son of a Big Four
heads of two men. This two-headed Towerman. The trio are in Assam,
several pocketbooks I wot of were
concerned.
everywhere. It is Nature's season of perennial, vigorous youth, in-
fecting us with ambition for greater achievement in all that we do. carrier gait, like in a modern eerie India, with the 726th Railway Operat-
ballet, remains light and elastic under ing Battalion. In a recent letter the
Understandingly, this month has been selected as the one in which the incredible weight. twins reported they found it hard to East Buffalo
railroad workers are asked to make a special effort to promote, as a generate Christmas spirit when the
So they dance about against a back- temperature was above 70 at their Car Shop Employe
war measure, the safety of freight entrusted to their care. ground of American MacArthur loco- post. Movies and baseball are among
motives and refrigerator cars. Besides their recreations in India. Wounded in Germany
During these four weeks, a special campaign will be carried on several thousands of cars of all types,
to emphasize the necessity for conserving our war resources by pre- we have brought over hundreds of
venting damage to war products on their way to the fighting fronts. these big engines since the G.I.'s began
Every shipment damaged is a direct loss to our fighting men, and to operate the railroad last March. The food than the average soldier, but it
refrigerator cars, however, which haul is prepared with the care of your
its condition on receipt abroad may, in fact, in some instances, mean frozen meat into the forward areas; mother's kitchen. And so are the men.
life or death to them. are common War Department box They brought an attractive civility and
The nation-wide Perfect Shipping Campaign now under way will, cars, rebuilt for their new purpose sobriety with them from pre-war life.
it is hoped, cut down materially the $60,000,000 loss by damage somewhere in Bengal by one of the They feel they're hosts and see a guest
G.I. shop battalions. in you if you happen to travel on
to freight in transit in 1944, much of it through improper handling,
The great marshalling yard is smoky their line.
poor packaging, or poor stowing. Some of this damage is uncon- and grey. It smells of oil and sweat As most of them were railroaders
trollable but a concerted effort on the part of every New York and yet, believe it or not, many of the back home, they obviously like their
Central worker who deals with the physical handling of freight can G.I. engineers prefer to work in khaki. job and bitch less than you and I.
do much to improve the situation. When you mount a MacArthur you'll Last March, when their camp in Par-
know why. It shines and glitters as if batipur burned to the bottom and all
There are few shipments today, regardless of their character, that it was an exhibition piece. So are the their belongings perished, the men
do not have to do in some degree with our total war effort. A little camps where the railroaders live and went out into the yards in shorts and
extra care, a little more time taken to see that everything is in proper so is their food. They eat no different sandals. Result: not a single delay.
Private Frederick W. Pittman, member
shape, a little better handling, may mean much to those who are of a Field Artillery unit that has seen
fighting overseas for us. action in Belgium, Holland and Ger-
Let's put the spirit of April behind this campaign! many, is recovering from wounds suf-
fered January 20 in Germany. Private
Pittman was employed at the East
L e t t e r of t h e M o n t h Buffalo Car Shops before entering the
B. & A. Bombardier New Kalmbach service in February, 1942. He trained
N.Y.C. Photo Book Mr. B. J. Bohlender, and accommodating, I feel that he is at Camp Blanding, Fla., before he was
Back; 68 Missions Mgr., Dining Car Service: doubly deserving of commendation. sent overseas, about eight months ago.
First Lieut. John F. Smith, son of An album of dramatic photographs Recently, I traveled on the Southwestern In these days, when most of us are
Agent M. C. Smith of North Wilbra- of trains on the New York Central Limited enroute from Boston to St. prone to complain about the petty in-
ham, Mass., has recently returned to System has recently been issued by Louis. On that date we picked up a conveniences brought on by the war, Roy A. C a r p e n t e r
the United States after completing 68 the Kalmbach Publishing Company, dining car at Cleveland on which, men like Jeff Campbell, who continue Two days after he had been ap-
missions in the Mediterranean Area. Milwaukee 3, Wisconsin, also pub- among others, was Waiter Jeff Camp- to do their best in a cheerful manner, pointed Trainmaster at Kankakee, Roy
Lieut. Smith is a bombardier-navigator lishers of TRAINS Magazine. bell of your Buffalo district. help a great deal in restoring one's A. Carpenter, 43, of Elkhart, died
on a B-26 bomber. He has been The album, which sells for $1, con- The train was running late, and faith in human nature. Certainly an suddenly. Previously he had supervi-
awarded the Air Medal with seven tains a brief foreword describing the Waiter Campbell had been on duty employe who can present to the public sion over baggage and mail in the
clusters, the D.F.C. and Presidential extent of the System and 42 pictures, many hours. About 8:30 p.m. he served such a cheerful countenance under La Salle Street Station, Chicago.
most of which were hitherto unpub- me with a most excellent salad and such adverse circumstances is an asset
Unit citation with one cluster. A in a manner which was so cheerful of substantial value to any organiza-
former employe of the Signal Mainte- lished. Many of the pictures, as large that it made good food taste better. tion. Flier in M a r i a n a s
nance Department, he is now stationed as 9x12 inches, are suitable for fram- His manner was such that it would Sincerely yours,
at Midland, Texas. ing. have been deserving of praise had he R. H. Richards, Manager, Chas. F. Moldenhauer, Clerk, Pass
been just coming on duty, but in view International Shoe Company, Bureau, Line West, Cleveland, is now
of the fact that he had been on duty Wood River Tanneries, Staff Sergeant with a B-29 Group,
S a f e t y F i r s t — " S t a y Alive i n ' 4 5 ! ' for long hours and was still cheerful Wood River, III. stationed on the Mariana Islands.
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F . E. Hunt, Chief Electrical Inspector, Gets War Bonds as He Retires from Lines East After 45 Years' Work

F. E. Hunt, Chief Electrical Inspector, Lines East, center, receives the best wishes of the officials Mr. Messimer: G. A. Miller, Division General Car Foreman: R. A. Steckly, Special Inspector;
and his associates of the Car Department at Mott Haven, N. Y., on the occasion of his retirement P. J. Schroh, Foreman, Electricians, G. C. T.; and H. Hart, Assistant Foreman, Electricians, G. C. T.
recently at the age of 70 after 45 years of service. W. N. Messimer, Assistant Superintendent of Mr. Hunt came to the Central from the Wagner Palace Car Company shops at East Buffalo in
Equipment, is shown presenting Mr. Hunt with a purse of nine War Bonds. In front row, left to 1899, as an electrician. He was appointed Special Road Inspector in 1912 and in the same year
right, are W. L. Stevenson, Assistant Foreman, Electricians, Mott Haven; V. T. Burns, General Car Foreman, Electricians. He received his last position in 1936. After converting his summer home on
Foreman: T. J. Molloy, who succeeds Mr. Hunt; John Blevins. Foreman, Electricians; Mr. Hunt; Lake Carmel. N. Y., to winter living, he will live there year round.

underframe which was laid upside


down on the conveyor car. Piping, G.C.T. C l e r k i s
Gordon Hentz N o w Lieut. Col. O v e r s e a s brake cylinders and rigging, wheels
and journal bearings were applied in W o u n d e d in G e r m a n y
proper sequence. Working from the William J. McDonough, a clerk-
top instead of underneath the frame messenger in office of Terminal Mana-
proved to be quite a timesaver. ger, Grand Central Terminal, was
When the cars neared the end of wounded in action in Germany, Febru-
the assembly line they were picked up ary 25. He has been transferred to
by heavy chain hoists mounted on "A" a hospital in England and in a letter
frames made of bridge timbers, then to his people states he is convalescing.
turned right-side-up, dropped onto the He was furloughed to enter the
rails, and rolled off to the yards for Army in May, 1944.
service.
Gondola cars were entirely com-
pleted for service in this manner, but
on the box cars the underframes and
running gear were switched onto loop D i e s in Belgium
tracks where sides, ends and roofs Pfc. William G. Landseadel, 21, a
were assembled and riveted. Refrigera- furloughed freight worker for the
tor cars, converted from box cars, were New York Central, at New York, was
completed on a spur track, where car- killed in action in Belgium, January
penters applied the wood linings and 7, according to a telegram recently
ice bunkers. received by his father, who lives in
James Everett Hahn, who is known to New York City.
many thousands of West Shore Com- He had seen action at Casablanca,
muters as "Evy," has achieved mem- N. Y. C . Soldier Anzio, France and Germany.
bership in the Red Cross One Gallon G e t s Moose in B. C .
Club by making 12 donations at the
Nyack Blood Bank, with his wife also MRS Rivet team working on Third Post Box Assembly line in Italy. A rivet PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH CO-
well on the way to becoming a "Gallon is being thrown up. This is part of an "inverted" system adopted for assembling LUMBIA—Young Pfc. Edward G. C o t for Service Men
Club Member." gondola cars on a progressive assembly line Col. Hentz devised. Groteclose of Eldred, New York, a A cot for the use of Service Men
Mr. Hahn has been especially typed furloughed New York Central Switch- has been placed in the New York
and his whole blood has been shipped man, has attained the enviable reputa- Central's Fort Plain, N. Y. Station by
overseas for direct transfusion. Whole (From the Yankee Boomer) The story of Major Hentz' overseas tion of being another Daniel Boone
blood is now turned over in special activities with the Military Railway the Philathea Class of the local
when it comes to drawing a bead Methodist Church. When needed, it is
containers to the Army Air Transport, Major Gordon Hentz, Superintendent Service centers pretty much on the across a spread of antlers in the north
to be flown overseas for immediate of Equipment in the 701st Railway muddy Oran docks, where he and set up by Dominick Dee, Night Ticket
use. Grand Division, has been promoted to Major Herron, and Captain Kossuth's British Columbia woods. During a Agent. It will remain available for the
Mr. Hahn has also given direct the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. recent hunting trip, in which other duration, M. Forman, Acting Freight
transfusions to fellow employes in 753d Shop Battalion "C" Company members of the party were unsuccess- Agent, reports.
emergencies during the past several Lieut. Col. Hentz for 33 years was built an efficient car assembly plant, ful, Groteclose came up with a bag
years. He resides in Congers, New York in the Mechanical Department of the early in 1943. of two good sized moose to auto-
and works as Information Bureau At- New York Central. He worked up Equipment was urgently needed to matically place him in the "ace" cate-
tendant and Relief Foreman at Wee- from the bottom, starting in the Penn- gory of northwoods' hunters.
hawken Passenger Station, under Sta- sylvania Division erecting shop and transport troops, tanks, rations and Back in camp, moose venison was a
tion Master J. A. Mulhall. later serving as Master Mechanic at other supplies to the Tunisian front so plentiful delicacy for several days and
Brewster, Utica and Buffalo, N. Y. the USA car assembly line went into enjoyed without the loss of a single
around-the-clock operation to get max- red ration point!
Prior to World War I he had imum use out of the limited tools and
charge of inspection forces at builders' facilities available. Pfc. Groteclose entered the Army in
plants at Schenectady, Lima, Dunkirk, January of 1943 and arrived at his
Erie and Pittsburgh, and made road A progressive assembly system was present foreign service station in April
acceptance tests on some of the loco- employed, using light French flat cars of that year.
motives which were sent to France for the conveyors, which were pushed He is assigned to the Switching Of-
with the AEF. Some of these same in a loop movement past the various fice Section of the Port Transportation
engines are still pulling trains in stock piles of material. Parts were Office, Prince Rupert Sub-Port of Em-
North Africa and Italy. fitted up and riveted or bolted to the barkation.

Four New York M. of W. Veterans Feted on Retirement

E. A. Healy, C.C.M., formerly of the


Office of T. J. Jaynes, Designing En-
gineer, New York, is now in the Pacific.
He writes that he regularly received
R. C. Cole, Chief of Passenger Tariff copies of the HEADLIGHT in the Arc-
Bureau, New York City, will serve as tic and European areas and now in
President of the National Passenger the Pacific. After reading it, he passes
Ratemen's Association, Eastern Region, it on to other furloughed railroaders.
after April 1, for the ensuing year. Mr. Albert Ahnenan, Carpenter, John Barber, Stationary Engineer, Spuyten Duyvil Bridge, James Ward, Bridge Fore- In closing, he said: "We may read a
Cole, who has been a national com- man, and Michael Caprio, Mason, were given a farewell, dinner in the Bronx, New York, by associates of the Mainte- lot about the beauty of the islands of
mitteeman of the association, has served nance of Way Department, when they retired with a total of 111 years of service. Present were E. R. Tattershall, the Pacific and the grandeur of the
with the New York Central since 1910 General Supervisor, Work Equipment; Mr. Ahnenan; J. N. Grim, Engineer of Track, Lines East; Mr. Barber; F. G. Arctic twilight but I'll take mine look-
and in his present position for eight Smith, Electric Division Engineer; Mr. Ward; J. F. Redman, Supervisor, Structures; Mr. Caprio; C. Tinnelly, General ing across the Hudson from the Cen-
years. Foreman, Bridges; and J. H. Kelly, Engineer, Maintenance of Way, Lines East. tral's main line."
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Killed in Crash Empire State Express Porters Win Commendations Dies of Wounds

Mr. and Mrs. Albert E. Saake, 58


Sherwood Street, Valhalla, New York,
received word from the War Depart-
Commendations for meritorious service were presented to Joseph Taylor and Sterling Vaughn, Porters on the Empire ment, January 15, that their son, Pfc.
State Express, at an informal reception, March 2. Present, above left to right, were L W. Horning, Vice President, Robert E. Saake, 19, had died in
Ensign James Richard Blair, a fur- Personnel; Mr. Taylor; F. H. Baird, General Passenger Traffic Manager; B. J. Bohlender, Manager of Dining Car Ser- France, December 22, of wounds sus-
loughed clerk in the Office of P. G. vice; G. H. Baker, General Superintendent of Passenger Transportation; Mr. Vaughn; and L. C. Anderson, Manager tained in action, December 18. He was
Agans, Division Superintendent, Syra- of Passenger Transportation. attached to an Infantry Combat Divi-
cuse, was killed January 17, when his sion. In addition to his parents, he is
plane crashed near Lynnhaven, Florida, survived by a sister, Mrs. Jerome R.
on a routine flight. Blair, left, had OSEPH TAYLOR and Sterling from New York City to Rochester on Harbor Day," December 7, 1941. Meltzer and his grandmother, Mrs.
been commissioned only a few months
earlier. He enlisted in the Navy Air J Vaughn, Porters on the Empire February 1st of this year. Hundreds of men and women, hurry-
Pauline Boehm.
He was a furloughed employee in
Service in January, 1943. He was State Express, received commendations Mr. Harris, stating that Mr. Taylor ing in carrying out their work in the the office of J. S. Geraghty, Chief
buried in Syracuse with military rites. which were added to their records, was "a credit to his company," wrote war effort, have received their cour- Signalman, G.C.T. In October he spent
March 2, for "unusual courtesy and that he displayed "intelligence and in- teous and intelligent assistance. a short furlough with his parents be-
efficiency" from B. J. Bohlender, Man- terest in his work." In describing the Mr. Taylor lives at 52 St. Nicholas fore returning to a port of embarka-
C a p t . J . G. B r e n n a n , ager, Dining Car Service. kind attention shown the lady by Mr. Place, New York City and has had tion. He left for England the latter
Recommendation for the awards was Vaughn, Mr. Harris wrote, "the hon- 12 years of service with the Central. part of October and had been in
France only two weeks when he was
H a r l e m D i v i s i o n , G e t s made in a letter to President G. Metz- esty and promptness with which he Mr. Vaughn, who has had 13 years wounded. The last word his parents
man by Edward Harris, prominent acted, with not the slightest delay on of service, lives at 347 West 141 had from him were two letters written
Silver Star Medal Rochester lawyer, who was deeply im- his part, greatly impressed me." Street, New York City. Both entered on November 29 and 30, telling them
pressed by the courteous manner with Both Mr. Taylor and Mr. Vaughn service as waiters in Dining Car Ser- he had received his Christmas pack-
Capt. Joseph G. Brennan, fur- which they assisted a lady passenger have been porters on the Empire State vice and were promoted to porters ages and that he was well.
loughed Harlem Division Brakeman, who changed her accommodations on Express since it entered service as a on the new Empire State Express when He was a graduate of Valhalla
recently was awarded a Silver Star the Empire State Express, enroute stainless steel streamliner on "Pearl it entered operation. Junior High School and White Plains
Medal for gallantry in action against High School. On August 6, 1943, he
the enemy on July 3, 1944, in France. enrolled in a specialized training pro-
During that afternoon, Captain Bren- gram at Syracuse University and was
nan went forward alone in enemy- man, Sergt. R. White, Sergt. G. E. transferred to the regular Army in
occupied territory to make a recon- M a n h a t t a n B o w l e r s Now Yeoman Edgerton and Miss Dorothy Dubert. October, 1943.
naissance of a bridge necessary to the The meeting of March 23 was hand-
advance of American troops in that G e t P r i z e s A p r i l 1 0 color night, when an advanced class
sector. The Men's Bowling League, Man- in hand coloring of prints was held. Mrs. Curtin, mother of Charles E.
Arriving at the bridge, Captain hattan A.A., ended the season March Curtin, City Freight Agent, died re-
Brennan found that it had been pre- 14 at the Y.M.C.A. alleys. The scratch cently in Chateguay, N. Y.
pared for demolition. He then started portion of the league schedule was Eastern Freight N o t e s
to remove the demolition charges. The won by the Equipment Engineers Joseph Stinson, former Tracing
The General Eastern Freight Agent's Clerk, has enlisted in the Navy. He is
enemy opened heavy small arms fire. team, Bill Switzer (Captain), Jack office, New York, reports:
Captain Brennan was wounded but Graves, Herb Boehnke, Charlie Mitz- taking his boot training at Sampson,
continued to remove the demolition enius and Johnny Holbert. The win- Willard Loftus, son of Thomas J. N. Y.
charges placed throughout the bridge. ners now hold one leg on the new Loftus, Assistant General Agent, is a
His accomplishment not only prevented Vanderbilt cup. The final standing of Petty Officer in the Navy. Enlisted Lieut. Roland Gebert, son of Dairy
the destruction of the bridge, but also the teams was: in September 1941 at seventeen and Agent, recently visited his father.
was materially responsible for the ad- Won Lost has spent 22 months in the Pacific. He Since then the Lieutenant has been
vance of our troops in that sector. Equipment Engineers 48 15 was in the invasions of New Guinea, shipped overseas.
Maintenance of Way 40 13 New Britain, New Caledonia and the
He is now a patient at Schick Gen- Passenger Traffic 34 29 landings in Leyte. Last June he spent Pvt. Anthony Castry, son of Joseph
eral Hospital, Clinton, Iowa. He has Land and Tax 34 29 a short leave at home and returned to Castry, Rate Clerk, is stationed on
been in the Army since January, 1941. Purchasing 33 30 the Pacific on September 2 after shore Oahu Island in the Pacific, after com-
New Haven Acc't 31 32 duty. He is a graduate of Mount St. pleting basic training at Camp Bland-
Mott Haven Yards 18 45
New Yorker Auditors of Pass. Acc'ts 14 29 Michael's Academy. ing, Fla. Pvt. Castry entered the
Downs Planes Herb Boehnke was the season Thomas Howard Golder, stationed at service September 13, 1944, and is a
Pfc. Joseph S. Archer, furloughed champ, capturing the A.B.C. medal for Camp Peary, Virginia, was recently rifleman in the infantry.
inspector in the office of P. W. Kiefer, high single game with score of 274 promoted to Yeoman 2nd Class. He Wave Joan Coretti, S2/c, formerly
Chief Engineer Motive Power & Roll- and also the highest average of 185. entered the service as Clerk in the a clerk, has completed boot training at
ing Stock, New York, recently received Bill Switzer won the high for three Contract Office, Secretary's Depart- Hunter College, Bronx, New York, Albany Sergeant
a commendation for meritorious con- games with a score of 670. The handi- ment, June 16, 1924, and on May 7, and is now in training to be a store-
duct with the 386th Anti-aircraft in cap portion of the league finished in 1928 was transferred to White Plains, keeper at Georgia State College for Cited in France
France. He shot down several planes a tie between the Passenger Traffic and where he became Assistant Signal Women, Milledgeville, Georgia.
Maintainer. On August 15, 1936, he
during a sudden enemy raid. New Haven Accounting. The annual returned to the Secretary's Contract
Pfc. Archer entered the Central's dinner will be held at the "Y." April Office, and in November 1943, enlisted
service in 1923 as a clerk. From 1929 10 when the prizes will be presented. in the Seabees. Sarah Grame, a clerk, was married
to 1934 he was a service test inspector March was the month of color for recently to Pfc. Joseph DeCosmo. The
at West Albany. He was inducted in the Camera Club. The meeting of of Kodachromes taken by the members couple spent their honeymoon in
February 1942. March 9 was devoted to the showing as well as slides taken by Lieut. Free- Florida.

Members of New York Central Advanced Public Relations Group at Albany, N.

Frank A. Rappe of Albany, a Mohawk


Division Freight Conductor until he en-
tered the Army October 13, 1943, is
one of 10 members of the 733rd Rail-
way Operating Battalion of the Army's
Transportation Corps, commended for
bravery in moving three trains of 200
cars loaded with gasoline for Gen.
Patton's Third Army, from a burning
railhead in France. The men are cred-
ited with saving nearly a million gal-
lons of gasoline designated for front
line units from the fire which destroyed
10,000 gallons.

Enters N a v y
Kenneth D. Sharpe, 18, Mainte-
Members of the Advanced Public Relations group at Albany, N. Y., are W. Hendrickson, Fireman W. Tryon, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur L. Mann of the nance of Way employe at Canaan,
shown above March 13. at the last of nine meetings during the second sea- N. Y. State Department of Education, Superintendent K. A. Borntrager and N. Y., entered the Navy recently and
son of the course. Among those in attendance are Brakeman W. J. Scott, Trainmaster J. V. Hughes. Group Leader was Trainmaster E. J. Jones. New was sent to Sampson, N. Y., for
Conductor W. T. Steinbeck, Trainmaster Clerk Dorothea Johnson, Fireman groups probably will be formed. training.
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Cleveland Soldier and His Century Jeep in Paris Used Clothing Charleston, W. Va., N. Y. C. Man Sees Sphinx

for Millions is

Urgently N e e d e d
All New York Central System em-
ployes are being urged to participate
in the campaign to obtain contribu-
tions of 75,000 tons of serviceable
used clothing, shoes and bedding for
overseas war relief purposes during
April.
The campaign will be conducted in
local communities all through the
month, the second week, April 8 to 14,
being designated as national "Clean
Out Your Clothes Closet Week," when
all are urged to bring in their con-
tributions to their local receiving sta-
tion.
Henry J. Kaiser, Ship Builder and
Corp. John C. Okorn, formerly a clerk for Superintendent E. J. Gibbons, at War Material Manufacturer, is national
Cleveland, is shown standing beside his Army car, which he has named the chairman of this United National
Twentieth Century Limited, in the heart of Paris. Corporal Okorn says the Clothing Collection. He was appointed On an American Red Cross tour of the Pyramids and Sphinx, in Egypt, two
N.Y.C. is often in his thoughts and reports he enjoys the beautiful scenery by President Roosevelt. soldiers who were railroad men in pre-war days, listen to a native guide
in France. explain the history of the silent Sphinx. Right: Sergt. Joseph Koonz of Mingo
President Gustav Metzman of the Junction, Ohio, formerly with the Pennsylvania Railroad at Pittsburgh, and
New York Central System has called Pfc. Harry A. Harrison of Charleston, West Virginia, formerly with the
to the attention of officers and em- Northern Division of the New York Central Railroad. Both have been stationed
pressed their sympathy in the recent ployes the urgent need of millions in in Persia, attached to a Railway Battalion, which has transported thousands
Clearfield Veteran loss of his wife, Mrs. Josephine Sco- war-torn lands for clothing to save of tons of lend lease supplies to our Russian Allies.
ville, who was formerly a Secretary them from fatal exposure to cold and
in the General Offices at New York storms.
City. In Europe more than 30,000,000 paign it became the first hospital of
boys and girls lack even the most its kind to aid in the air evacuation
essential clothing and in winter many program. Veteran at McKees
of them are forced to stay in bed to In the two years that this hospital Rocks Gets Purse
B. & A. M a n Wins keep warm, if they are fortunate has been overseas, personnel have ser-
enough to have a bed; 95,000,000 men
Air M e d a l Cluster and women lack clothes and shoes to viced well over 20,000 patients. Since
coming to Italy a little over a year
A U. S. TROOP CARRIER BASE, wear to work. ago the hospital has been servicing the
E.T. O. P. —The Bronze Oak Leaf Any outgrown or outmoded gar- men of the Army Air Forces, keeping
Cluster to the Air Medal was awarded ments or shoes — all sizes — will be them at top physical condition. A Vic-
to a former Boston & Albany railroad welcome. tory garden was planted when the
worker of Springfield, Mass., for unit moved to Italy. The result: daily
achievement as a combat crew mem- vegetables for the patients' tables. A
ber with the U. S. Troop Carrier N i a g a r a Falls M a n make-believe "Earphone Ballroom" was
Forces on their onslaught via the air- started, supplying each patient with
ways into Holland, the resupply of A r m y C o o k in I t a l y music via a private set of earphones.
the Allied Armies in western Europe AT AN AAF SERVICE COM- Pvt. Kotlarz entered the Army in
Shown are Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Rupert, and in the Air Evacuation of casual- MAND HOSPITAL IN ITALY — May, 1942, and joined his present
of Clearfield, Pa. Brakeman Rupert re- ties. He is Technical Sergt. John L.
tired in May 1943 after 42 years of With a special dinner and dance re- organization shortly after it was ac-
service with the Company. They have Sullivan, son of Daniel C. Sullivan of cently in the American Red Cross tivated.
13 children, three of whom are with 170 Plainfield Street, Springfield, Theater of a station hospital, com-
the Armed Forces. Mr. and Mrs. Ru- Mass. manded by Colonel George B. German,
pert spent the winter in Phoenix, Tech. Sergt. Sullivan, a former Camden, N. J., Pvt. Walter Kotlarz, Gibson N o t e s
Arizona. Machinist Helper at West Springfield, hospital cook, of Niagara Falls, N. Y., From the Office of Auditor Freight
has been active with the U. S. Troop celebrated his second anniversary over- Accounts, Gibson, Indiana:
Carrier Forces for the past twenty-one seas. He is a furloughed freight Sympathy is extended to Mrs.
Collinwood N o t e s months overseas during which time handler for the New York Central. Margaret Stowman in the loss of her
Pfc. Ernest C. Savarise, who is serv-
his squadron played major roles in The hospital was the first station brother in Danville, Ill., on February O. F. Braun, General Machine Shop
Foreman, of the Locomotive depart-
the invasions of Sicily, Italy, Nor- hospital to be affiliated by the War 28, and to Miss Rosa Schaub in the ment
ing with the Railway Shop Battalion mandy and Holland. He is a Crew at McKees Rocks, Pa., retired on
in Paris, France, was a former Ma- Department, having been organized in loss of her sister, March 2, in Lansing, February 28, 1945 after 43 years of
Chief on one of large twin-engined May, 1942, from Cooper Hospital, in Ill. continuous service on the P.&.L.E. The
chinist Apprentice of the Collinwood Troop Carrier Aircraft and not only Camden. Later, when the unit arrived
Machine Shop, Collinwood, Ohio. He supervisors of the locomotive depart-
supervises all maintenance of his in Africa during the Tunisian cam- Pfc. Eleanor V. Froling visited the ment presented "Brownie" with a purse.
is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony plane but also accompanies the craft
Savarise, 2017 Harbor Avenue, Ash- office while on a furlough from Hen- H. Courtney, Shop Superintendent,
on all flights. derson Hall, Arlington, Va. was toast master in the absence of
tabula. K. Berg, S.M.P. N. E. Johnson, Gen-
He holds the Distinguished Army eral Foreman, made the presentation
Mr. and Mrs. Savarise have a sec- Unit Badge, the Good Conduct Medal, New Lieutenant
ond son, Frederick Savarise, A.S., the European, African and Middle Word has been received that Mil- speech. It is understood that Mr.
serving with the U. S. Naval Re- Eastern Theatre of War Ribbon with dred Pictor, who is stationed at Trea- Braun is to continue on serving his
serves. He is attending the Navy four Bronze Battle Stars and three sure Island, San Francisco, has been country, however, by giving mechanical
instructions to discharged G.I. Joe's
School of Music at Washington, D.C. Gold Overseas Service Stripes. promoted to Yeoman 2/c. and prospective mechanics, for the
duration.
Miss Julia Horn, Piecework Clerk C h i c a g o Man Promoted
at Collinwood Shops, has resigned to TM 3/C Hays M. Wilson, an em- LEMOORE ARMY AIR FIELD,
make preparations for her forthcom- ploye of the M. of W. Department at LEMOORE, CALIF. — Harry C. Hof-
ing marriage to Technical Sergeant Clearfield and son of Signal Main- mann, 28, Chicago, recently received M . C. M a n K i l l e d
Ralph Eaton, who is returning home tainer C. A. Wilson, has had 15 promotion to Private First Class at William O. Houston, furloughed
on furlough after having spent a year months in the South Pacific. Lemoore Field, by order of Colonel rodman, Michigan Division, son of
and a half in England. Gerald Hoyle. Pvt. Hofmann is a Col. Charles Houston, and nephew of
clerk-typist. In civilian life he was a District
junior rate clerk for the New York seriouslyEngineer W. O. Houston, was
wounded in action in Bel-
Friends of Earl Scoville, Material Illinois Division Central, at the LaSalle Street Station, gium on January 22,
Inspector at Collinwood, have ex- Man in France Chicago. and died Janu-
ary 25.

Corning Sailor Penna. Div. Man Avis Soldier Dead

Robert L. Clegg, Jr., 20, son of Robert


L. Clegg, Sr., Assistant Supervisor of
Wage Schedules in the office of Vice
President and General Manager, Cin-
cinnati, was commissioned a Second
Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers,
U. S. Army, at Fort Belvoir, Va., Feb-
ruary 7.
Technical Sergt. Jack Wyld of No- He entered the Army July 31, 1943,
komis, Ill., furloughed New York Cen- and was accepted for the A.S.T.P.,
tral Fireman, is now an engineman taking courses at Grinnell University,
with the 720th Railway Operating Bat- Grinnell, la. and Indiana State Uni-
talion in France. He has been in the versity, Bloomington, Ind. After the
Army since September, 1942, and was A.S.T.P. was discontinued he was at Private William D. McElroy, confirma-
promoted to engineman while training Camp Campbell and Camp Brecken- tion of whose death in action, June 26,
at Camp Claiborne, La. He went over- ridge in Kentucky, then transferred 1944, in France, has been received,
seas in January, 1944, landing in Eng- back to Fort Leonard Wood as a clerk was in the 314th Infantry, 79th Division.
Lester E. Lauver, formerly employed as land and going to France in July of and stenographer where he was ac- Former Brakeman Arthur C. Lanager, He worked at Avis Engine House as a
Messenger at Corning Engine House, that year. He reports he is gaining cepted for Officer training. Before en- of Clearfield, Pa., and now a Fireman laborer and enlisted June 17, 1942. He
now with the Seabees somewhere in the valuable experience on Diesel locomo- tering the Army Lieut. Clegg spent a First Class, recently was stationed at was the son of G. C. McElroy, Boiler
Pacific. tives. year at De Pauw University. Fort Pierce, Fla. Maker, Avis Engine House.
6 Central Headlight

Leon A. Stampil, Beech Grove, Commissioned from Take Posts as Foreign N . Y . C M e n in S h o p B a t t a l i o n


Ranks in 753rd Railway Shop Battalion, Overseas Freight Representatives , ,
Byron G. Ryan, Traveling Freight A r e Praised for W o r k O v e r s e a s
Agent, New York Central Railroad,
Washington, D. C, has been appointed
Foreign Freight Traffic Representative, FOUR out of twelve Chicagoans,
effective February 1. members of the 764th Railway Shop
L. P. Huppman, formerly City Battalion, mentioned in a dispatch
Freight Agent, New York Central was from Jess Krueger, Chicago Herald-
appointed Foreign Freight Traffic Rep- American war correspondent, have been
resentative of the New York Central at identified as furloughed New York
Baltimore. Before entering the service Central employees.
of the Central, Mr. Huppman was Among them are First Lieut. Harold
associated with American Hawaiian S. Blizard, foreman at Gibson before en-
S. Co. and Dichmann, Wright & Pugh, tering service, and son of M. C.
Inc., Baltimore. Blizard, Executive Assistant to the
Vice President, Chicago.
The three other New York Central
men are Norris Kane, a towerman;
Louis Liptak, a laborer, Maintenance
Syracuse Men Retire of Way, C. R. & I., and Donald
Some recent retirements, Syracuse Sparacio, a carman, C. R. & I.
Division, were: High tribute is paid to the work of
the Railway Shop Battalion by Cor-
Michael J. Hanlon, Yard Conductor, respondent Krueger, who wrote:
at 67, with thirty-three years of ser- "These men don't win medals. The
vice. smudges on their hands and face are
William E. Bushnell, Telegrapher First Lieut. Harold Blizard, furloughed not from powder marks. They're from
Leverman at SS-1, at 69, with fifty-oneForeman at Gibson, Ind., son of M. C. grease. You'll seldom see these men
years of service. Blizard, Detroit. in nifty uniforms and jaunty caps. They
Peter G. Pontius, Freight Conductor, go for overalls. And they're more
at 67, with forty-one years of service. familiar with a blow torch than a
John H. Westrup, Passenger En- flame thrower.
gineman, at 66, with forty-two years "They are the 'Casey Joneses' of
The above picture shows First Lieut. John R. Hamilton pinning the Second of service. C . C . Dibble the army — workers on the railroad.
Lieutenantcy bar on ex-Technical Sergeant Leon A. Stampil. "Good soldiers, too, these fellows.
Lieut. Stampil received his overseas promotion the hard way, going up William H. Watkeys, Passenger En- C. C. Dibble, Assistant to Vice
gineman, at 70, withfifty-oneyears of President, Purchases and Stores, died They keep the hospital trains running,
through the ranks from Private to Lieutenant. After receiving his commission do almost unbelievable repair jobs on
January 12, 1945, he was transferred from his 753rd Railway Shop Battalion service. in Indianapolis, March 6. He was 62
to the 774th Railway Grand Division, as Water Service Engineer. Twenty-three troop, freight and ammunition trains,
Frank J. Bauer, Freight Checker at years of age, and had been in the and their skill in maintaining all equip-
years of age and a graduate of Purdue University in Mechanical Engineering, Newark, N. Y. Freight Station, at 65, service for 45 years.
he worked for the New York Central Railroad at Beech Grove, Indiana approx- ment in good operating condition has
imately a year, as Special Apprentice, before entering the Army on March with thirty-two years of service. Mr. Dibble entered the service on proved a big factor in the success of
5, 1942. February 6, 1900, as a Time Clerk every battle plan.
First Lieut, Hamilton worked for the New York Central from 1935 to 1942. in the Motive Power Department at " . . . The duty period for these
Before entering the Army, in 1942, he was the Millwright Foreman in the Shops Elkhart. He transfeired to the Stores shop soldiers varies from 12 to 18
at Beech Grove. N.Y.C. Oval in Italy Department during the following year, hours a day. But, they do get a full
and was appointed Storekeeper at day off every two weeks — sometimes."
Kankakee in 1903. He was advanced
to Traveling Storekeeper in 1905,
Selkirk Inspector Penna Division Man Assistant General Storekeeper of the W m . E. McGinnis
Prisoner of G e r m a n s Ends W a r Service Big Four in 1906 and General Store-
keeper in 1913. William E. McGinnis, veteran em-
From the Selkirk Car Department: R. J. Canavan of Clearfield, Pa., son ploye, died March 7 in his 58th year,
Reno Jiacomini, former Inspector of Freight Conductor T. H. Canavan, In 1920, Mr. Dibble was appointed following an extended illness. Funeral
& Repairer, who was granted leave of and an employe of the B&B Dept. en- Supervisor of Stores for the System, services were held at Peekskill, New
absence March 19, 1943, to join the listed in the Seabees and after serving and in 1923 he was promoted to Gen- York, March 9.
Armed Forces, has been taken prisoner 14 months with the Armed Forces has eral Supervisor of Stores. He held this
by the Germans. received an Honorable Discharge. latter position until September, 1944, Mr. McGinnis, who was born in
when on account of failing health he Peekskill, had nearly 41 years of serv-
was relieved of some of his duties ice with the Company, having entered
John Burke has received an honor- Frank McCormick, Conductor on service April 7, 1904, in the Mainte-
able discharge from the Army and the Penna. Divn. at Corning for 52 and his title was changed to Assistant
to Vice President, Purchases and nance of Way Department, where he
returned to work as Car Repairer. years, recently retired. held various positions, including those
Stores, with office at Indianapolis.
of Storekeeper, Clerk, Timekeeper and
Machinist Phil Gwynn's son, Philip Corp. Arthur F. Duckett, former F. N. Reynolds, Assistant General Assistant Foreman. Between 1921 and
Jr., is now with the Army. Brakeman, of Clearfield, is now serv- 1939 he was employed in Grand
Manager, Indianapolis, received a let-
ing with the Seventh Air Force in the ter from Sergt. Paul B. Montgomery, Miss Amy Sainsbury Central Terminal organization as As-
John Gula died at his home, 461 Pacific. a brakeman from the Indianapolis- sistant Accountant, Chief Clerk and
Washington Ave., Albany, N. Y. He Bellefontaine district, now in the 774th Service Clerk. Since 1939 he was As-
began work as an Oiler with the New Former Machinist Helper D. N. Railway Grand Division in Italy. The sistant Building Foreman at Melrose
York Central, October 9, 1916, retir- Bell of Clearfield has entered the and picture shows Sergt. Montgomery, left, Central Building, in charge of build-
ing February 4, 1938 on pension. Armed Forces and is training at Camp Raymond Jordan, a New York ing rental and operation.
Blanding, Fla. Central man from Albany. There are
two other N.Y.C. men in the outfit:
Joseph Fahd, Oiler, was married and Lieut. Eusey, of Galion, Ohio, and Miss Ida R. Fisher
spent his honeymoon in New York Miss Eila Coolidge, Stenographer in Major De Isle, of Buffalo. Sergt. Mont-
City. the Office of Superintendent J. B. De- gomery writes: Miss Ida R. Fisher, formerly with
laney, at Jersey Shore, Pa., resigned "This picture was taken in the Mess the Coal Traffic Department, New
March 3rd to become the bride of En- Hall at Christmas time and, as you York City, died February 23. Miss
sign Jack Campbell. She was feted see, the N.Y.C. was well taken care Fisher started with the Coal Traffic
Soldier in Iran with a dinner and shower by the girls of. Our walls are decorated with such Department September 2, 1902, as a
of the office. signs. The railroad over here is going stenographer, and from March 1, 1907
right along, doing very well under the until her retirement July 1, 1941, was
circumstances. We use both Army and Miss Amy Sainsbury, who worked Secretary to the Coal Freight Agent.
W e e h a w k e n Man civilian crews and they do well to-
gether. in the office of the Superintendent of
G e t s Three Stars "The Germans really know how to Freight Transportation, Cleveland, died
Charles D. Horton, 75, retired
Master Sergt. Albert G. Hiltke, a wreck a railroad in short order. They of a heart attack, February 4, after an Freight Agent, Adrian, Mich., recent-
car distributor at Weehawken before have a machine with a large band illness of two months. She had been ly died at his home in that city.
entering the Army on March 6, 1942, saw, mounted on a flat car, which is in the Company's service 25 years.
recently was awarded his third cam- pulled by a locomotive at low speed. She was well known throughout the
paign star for service on the Western This saw is dropped back of the car General Office Building, having had
between the rails and cuts each tie in contact with many offices daily, in the
Front with the 204th Engineers Com- two, really wrecking things. Ties are
bat Battalion, of which he is bat- hard to get in this country, thus course of her duties. She also did a
talion sergeant major. making it a pretty tough job when it great deal of charitable work and will
He landed in France early in the comes to getting the road back in be missed by many for her kindness
Normandy campaign and ever since running condition. Could write all night and interest in her fellow workers and
has been working in close support of about things like that." friends.
front line units in Normandy, Luxem-
bourg and Western Germany. He and
his men had a share in making pos-
sible the fall of St. Lo and Metz. Yank Railroaders Repair Mined Bridge

December 11, 1944, marked the second Two New Diesels WArmy
ITH U.S. SERVICE FORCES, WESTERN FRONT. — Company A of the
Transportation Corps' 733rd Railway Operating Battalion found
anniversary of the Persian Gulf Com- The New York Central took de- a half demolished bridge in eastern France with unexploded 100 pound
mand in Iran. Above is a snapshot of bombs in the debris, connected to more than 1,000 pounds of dynamite
livery, early in March, from the Elec-
Sergt. Tech. Edward Boland, who is a tro Motive Division of the General with primercord. A detonation that wrecked the two center abutments of
member of this outfit. Sergt. Boland en- the bridge miraculously had failed to explode the remaining dynamite and
Motors Corporation of two 4000 horse-bombs.
tered service in March, 1941, and was power diesel-electric passenger road Thirty-eight men of the unit's bridge and building platoon worked in icy
stationed at Fort Belvoir, Va., for basic locomotives. These locomotives will be
waters, in freezing temperatures and under the threat of being blown to
training and later transferred to Camp tested in their performance as part of
bits. They had removed the explosives without incident and in 12 days
Claiborne, La., where he served with the the Central's program of experimenta-completely repaired the bridge.
7llth Engineers. In the fall of 1942 he First Lieut. Alexander Matthews, Jr., New York Central employe from
was sent to the Port of Embarkation and tion with various types of motive
later joined the Persian Gulf Command power. 5419 94th Street, Elmhurst, N. Y. T/Sergt. Adam V. Brandt, of 82 Notting-
in Iran. ham Road, Patchogue, N. Y„ and Staff Sergt. William J. Yakman, of
The boys in this outfit have been Caryville, N. Y., the men in charge, worked in the water with the men.
highly commended for their laborious B. & A. Man W o u n d e d The bridge had been constructed by the Germans in anticipation of the James Marion Bodey, Machinist's Mate,
efforts. need to destroy it. Demolition boxes, two cubic feet each, had been built U.S. Navy, is stationed at San Fran-
Corp. Arthur C. Kennedy, Co. B., in the face of each abutment. Inside each box was a compact string of
Sergt. Boland is the son of Mr. and 296th Engineers, has been wounded in sticks of dynamite secured by primercord and connected to bombs through cisco. He is a former tallyman at An-
Mrs. Edward Boland of 218 West Ellis derson, Ind., in the Central's service six
Street, East Syracuse, and before en- action and is in a Belgian hospital. a charge hole at the base of each box. The original detonation by the years. His father is former Water Ser-
tering service was employed with the Corp. Kennedy was with the B. & A. fleeing Germans wrecked the two center abutments, the rails and ties. vice Foreman, William Bodey, recently
New York Central. before entering the Army. retired after 50 years' service.
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S/Sergt. Randolph Lieut. W . M . H y d e , 22


Detroit Terminal "Info" Girls Pose with Band Leader
of E l k h a r t Killed C h i c a g o M a n ' s S o n , is

in R u h r Valley Killed a t M i n d a n a o
First Lieut. William Benton Hyde,
Staff Sergt. Douglas Randolph, 21, 22, of the Army Air Forces, and son
serving with the Infantry in the 78th of N. D. Hyde, Assistant to Chief
Division, Ninth Army, was killed in Engineer, Chicago, was killed in ac-
action in the Ruhr Valley sector, tion on a mission over Mindanao,
March 3, according to information re- Philippine Island, February 11, his
ceived by his father, Charles Randolph, parents were notified recently.
an engine hostler in the New York
Central Roundhouse in Elkhart, Ind., Lieut. Hyde, who had received the
for almost 20 years. Air Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters,
entered the service in August, 1942,
Staff Sergt. Randolph was inducted was commissioned a second lieutenant
into the Army March 5, 1943, had July 29, 1943, at Moore Field, Texas,
been overseas for 6 months, and had and promoted to first lieutenant in
been in combat since December 13. July of the following year.
He had earned the sharpshooters' He went to the Pacific area Febru-
medal, expert rifleman's certificate, Ex- ary, 1944, as a member of the 68th
pert Infantryman and Combat Infantry- Fighter Squadron of the 13 th Air
man badges, and a trophy for the best Force, in which he operated as pilot
marksmanship in his company. of a P-39 over the Solomons. Subse-
Besides his parents, Staff Sergt. Ran- quently, he was transferred to the
dolph is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Southwest Pacific as a P-38 pilot and
George Hanna, and Miss June Ran- was credited with having downed a
dolph. number of Jap planes. Prior to enlist-
ment, he was a student at Massachu-
New York Central girls from the Information Bureau of the Detroit Michigan Central Terminal Building are shown setts Institute of Technology at Bos-
C h i c a g o Marine ton.
here with Spike Jones, orchestra leader, as he prepared to board train after an engagement in Detroit. The night
W o u n d e d on Iwo before, the girls had gone to his performance, dressed as shown in the picture to conform with Jones' "City In addition to his parents, Lieut.
The Passenger Department, Chicago, Slickers" who use large bow ties as part of their costumes. Spike Jones had introduced them to the audience, and Hyde is survived by two sisters, Mrs.
reports: the girls took a bow. Left to right, they are: Jo Fundaro, Ann Prychitko, Jean Hart, Jean Safchuck, Bertha Barli, Jeanne Hyde Wulfing, and Miss Anne
Orlene McMahon, City Office, has Ruth Seeloff, Monica Sova, Eleanore De Lauro, Elverna Milatz, Helen Ferriby, Norma Jean Lewis, Margie Downing, D. Hyde.
received word that her son, Marine Grace Wenzlick and Nancy Smith.
Pfc. John Phillip was wounded dur-
ing the invasion of Iwo Jima Island.
John is a member of the 5th Marine Ploesti Flier Dies
Division and according to a recent Former M. C. Man
letter he is on a hospital ship, bound Phillips N e w Big
for an undisclosed destination. Public Relations Leader Training Group,
Annabelle Loughnane, reservations, Four Police Chief St. Louis
has been notified that her fiance, Pfc.
Robert Henry, is missing in action in Charles D. Phillips was appointed
Germany, since February 19. Bob is a Chief of Police, Big Four District, on
member of the famed Ninth Infantry March 16, succeeding Frank Poppe,
Division of the First Army, and re- who, for reasons of health, will serve
ceived the Purple Heart for wounds as Assistant to Chief Phillips.
received earlier in December. Mr. Phillips entered railroad police
work in 1919 with the L. & J. Bridge
Francis X. Annetti, Assistant to Co., at Louisville, Ky., as a patrolman.
S. J. Jackson, Manager of Reserva- He went to the "Big Four" in June,
tions, celebrates his 25th year with 1921, as a Sergeant at Wabash, Ind.
the New York Central, April 4. In June, 1925, he was made Cap-
Patricia Cargie has been transferred tain of Police in charge of the Cairo
from reservations to the City ticket Division, at Mr. Carmel, Ill., which
office. position he occupied until November, Standing, left, Ralph Stewart, Assistant Car Foreman. Rankin Avenue Yard,
Eleanor Tosello has been promoted 1942. when he was made Captain of St. Louis; right, David T. Hunt, Passenger Department, St. Louis. Seated,
from the Ticket Order Department to the Illinois Division, with headquarters left to right: Leo L. Klee. Head Clerk, District Station Accounting Bureau,
secretary to E. R. Hutton. at Mattoon, Ill. At that time the East St. Louis; Virgil P. Zimmer, Assistant Chief Clerk, Freight Traffic De-
Back on the job, full of vigor and Cairo and St. Louis territories were partment, St. Louis; Homer T. Ragle, Assistant State Supervisor, Trade and Staff Sergt. Frank Perrone, 22, son of
renewed health, are Agnes Crull, and combined, under Mr. Phillips' juris- Industrial Education, State Department of Education, Jefferson City, Mo.; Yard Foreman Joe Perrone, of Lansing,
diction. R. J. Sacks, Local Director, War Work Training Program, St. Louis; Wm. Mich., was killed in action in Germany,
Minette Kaplan. The girls were on a Mr. Phillips was appointed Inspector P. Durbin, RateMinniear,
Clerk, Local Freight office, East St. Louis and Charles A.
sick furlough. Assistant Car Foreman, East St. Louis. August 3, 1944. His death has been
of Police, with headquarters at Cin- confirmed by the German Govern-
cinnati, in June, 1944, and served in ment through the International Red
that capacity until his present appoint- Cross.
Retires a t Buffalo ment as Chief of Police, in charge of M a r o t t a , Albany, Before he enlisted, in December, Sergeant Perrone was one of 16
James A. Kennedy, who began work the Big Four and P. & E. Railway American Flyers interned in Turkey
Wins Bars in Assam 1942, and was called to active duty in from June, 1942, until April, 1943,
for the New York Central as a call properties.
April, 1943, at Fort Dix, he was em- after bombing the Ploesti Oil Field,
boy, 51 years ago, was recently retired ASSAM, INDIA —James Vincent Rumania. He received a furlough in
at East Buffalo where he was Chief The average haul of freight in 1944 Marotta, of Albany, N. Y., was re- ployed by the New York Central Rail- the States following his release and
Clerk in the Yard office. He was given was about 478 miles, compared with cently commissioned a Second Lieuten- road Company Division Engineer's reported back for overseas duty in
a reception and gifts by his associates. 469 miles in 1943. ant. Office in Albany. February, 1944, and was based in Italy
with the 15th Air Force as an Engineer-
Gunner on a B-24 Liberator. He was
on his 40th mission when reported
Seventeen Chicago Area Conductors, Safety Award Winners, are Dined by Supt. Garner missing and had been awarded the
Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air
Medal. Previous to his enlistment, he
worked a short time in the N.Y.C.
Engineering Department.

Veterans Asked t o
Join C h i c a g o Post
Commodore Vanderbilt Post 789,
American Legion, Chicago, invites
honorably discharged veterans of
World War II to membership. The
Post also stresses its willingness to
assist New York Central war veterans
with problems growing out of their
war service. Inquiries should be di-
rected to E. W. Laade, Room 634,
LaSalle Street Station.

M. T. MacLaury in New
Post a t C h i c a g o
J. L. McKee, Vice President, Chi-
cago, has announced the appointment
of M. T. MacLaury, Superintendent
of Personnel, New York Central Sys-
tem, Chicago, with jurisdiction includ-
ing the Chicago River and Indiana,
SEVENTEEN conductors in the Chi- member of their crews sustain an and Mrs. Valentine Zardi, Mr. and man, O. P. Stevenson and daughter, the Chicago Junction, and the Indiana
cago area, 16 New York Central, injury. Mrs. Charles A. Eder, Mr. and Mrs. Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Walker, and Mr. Harbor Belt. Previously, Mr. Mac-
and one Michigan Central, recently Daniel P. Quigley, Mr. and Mrs. and Mrs. Lloyd Warble. Laury was Supervisor Wage Schedules.
To celebrate their achievement,
were disclosed as winners of Safety these 17 conductors and their wives Frank L. Coleman, Mr. and Mrs. P.
Awards for 1944. were the guests of Superintendent Rodenbaugh, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Also shown are Superintendent and
Frank H. Garner, Chicago, at a din- Wennberg, Mr. and Mrs. Cleland F. Mrs. Garner, Assistant Superintendent Stanton in Belgium
The awards, which were in the form ner at which the Certificates were pre- Shields, Mr. and Mrs. James Maloney, E. C. Johnson, General Yardmaster T/Sergt. John J. Stanton, former
of Safety Certificates, were presented sented. In the above picture are shown Mr. and Mrs. Frank D. Luka, Charles P. K. Young, Trainmaster E. W. clerk in the C. R. & I.-I. H. B. Ac-
to them for having completed a full these, award winners and their wives: A. Dudecan, Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Hobbs and wife, Trainmaster J. L. counting Department, Chicago, sends
year's work without injury to them- Tucker, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Fitz- Sorensbn, and Supervising Safety regards from Belgium. He has been
selves, and without having had any Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Cauffman, Mr. gerald, Mr. and Mrs. Robert V. Eune- Agent Charles Bell. in England and France.
8 Central Headlight

boys is that of Pvt. Marvin Brandt


One Man, Two Faces, in Trick Detroit to PFC.
Camera Club Photograph
Cpl. Arthur "Bud" Higgins and
Pfc. William Weddigen, in Detroit
on 30 day furloughs from the Aleu-
tians, are making good use of their
time, much to the delight of two girls
in the Auditor Passenger Accounts
Office. Art and Bill are also A.P.A.
employes, on military leave.

Latest to join Uncle Sam's forces


from the Auditor Passenger Accounts
Office, Detroit, is Richard Marsh, in-
ducted into the Army March 13. A
money belt, replete, was the office's
parting gift. Seated, left to right: C. A. Anderson, Asst. Engineer, Engineering Dept.;
G. E. Barge, Cleric, office of Departmental Accountant; J. S. Small, Ac-
countant, Engineering Dept.; R. W. Kinker, Asst. Departmental Accountant;
Approximately 70 employes of the Morton Friedman, Asst. Engineer, Engineering Dept.; P. S. Hughell, Asst.
Auditor, Passengers Accounts Office, Supt. Telegraph; J. J. Walsh, Traveling Freight Agent; G. E. Wheeler, Asst.
Detroit, had a jolly time attempting to Coal Freight Agent; E. L LaCombe, Chief Statistical Clerk, office of
stand on their feet at a roller skating V.P.&G.M.; J. A. Max, Patrolman, Property Protection Dept.; R. H. Sage,
party held at the Arena Gardens Rink, Chiefant. Clerk to Medical Director; K. W. Porter, Asst. Departmental Account-
Standing: Professor Rudolph Boyce, Wayne University, instructor.
Double exposure shows Thomas E. Campbell "poo-pooing" his own enthusiasm. March 1. The committee was Walter
Warren, William Rose and George
Veslock.
WITH the cleaning of their dark predecessors, was a smashing success,
room in room B9 of the Detroit with everyone who participated clamor-
Terminal nearly completed, members ing for another one soon.
of the New York Central Camera First prize was copped by the team M i c h i g a n N . Y . C M a n
Club of Detroit began looking around composed of Reta Farley, Martha
for the wherewithal to equip it. Baker, Thomas Joy, Laura Dluzniew- A w a r d e d B r o n z e S t a r
Although new material seemed to ski and Joyce Sowa. Each bowler on BUSHNELL GENERAL HOSPI-
be out of the question at the present the winning team received $2. Twelve TAL, BRIGHAM CITY, UTAH —A
time, it was thought some serviceable other team prizes were given, in ad- forward observer for an armored field
used supplies could be obtained. But dition to several individual awards. artillery battalion during the heavy
such efforts are unnecessary after the After the kegling, the refreshments fighting Seated, left to right: J. E. Wiessler, Head Accounting Engineer, J. M.
club's last meeting. Jack Ferguson and dancing to juke box music kept through atjust St.
prior to the break- Krieger,
Lo, France, First Lieut.
Clerk, G. C. Garris, Clerk, M. M. Berrie, Head Voucher Clerk,
came forward with an offer to lend interest at a high pitch all afternoon. Charles D. Van Treese of Highland L. M. Rish, Asst. Chief Clerk, E. W. Stienecker, Head Clerk, office of De-
the group one of his enlargers until partmental Accountant; T. E. Norland, General Agent, Passenger Depart-
a new one of the type desired became Harry R. Puschman, Chief Clerk of Central Park, Mich., a furloughed New York ment; H. O. House, Steno-Clerk, office of Medical Director; F. T. Warming-
available. Freight Clerk, kept at his post ton, Asst. Engineer, Signal Dept.; T. F. Smithem, Head Accountant, office
the Conductors' Department in the directing artillery fire despite five di- of Departmental Accountant; A. R. Schroeder, Special Representative, Prop-
Further offers to help out the in- Auditor Passenger Accounts Office, rect hits on his tank. erty Protection Dept. Standing, left to right: J. D. Fraser, B. & B. Supervisor,
fant club came thick and fast. George Detroit, has been ill at his home. Engineering Dept.; J. L McCarthy, Chief Clerk, Detroit Stock Yards; A. J.
Linder promised the temporary use of For this and other achievements in Smith, Supervisor Personnel (Director of Public Speaking Classes but not a
member of the class); Professor Rudolph Boyce, instructor.
his 35mm enlarger and a contact Faye Swain, of the Train Earnings action and 30,
against the enemy on June 29
1944, Lieut. Van Treese was
printer. Howard Hutcheson had an
easel he would donate. Warren Oakes Department,
son, of
and Genevieve Hender- awarded the Bronze Star here by
Interline Audit in the Auditor Colonel Robert M. Hardaway, com-
promised to scrape up some 8x10 en- Passenger Accounts cently received the following letter
larging paper, and the darkroom prob- are recuperating fromOffice, Detroit, manding officer of this hospital, on
appendectomy orders from Brig. Gen. Rose, com- Wm. H. La Combe from William H. LaCombe, a former
lems were well on the road to solu- operations. associate, who is now with the Army
tion. manding the Third Armored Division, Writes from Front in Germany:
now in Germany. Somewhere In Germany
"Babies" was the subject of the James J. Russell, retired Auditor On June 29 when the enemy opened 9 February, 1945
contest judged on March 8, with the Passenger Accounts, is at Ford Hospi- a counter-attack just as the Allies
winner of Class "A" turning up in tal in Detroit for general treatment were preparing for the break-through, "Hi Gang:
Thomas E. Campbell, Jr. Jack Fergu- and an eye operation. All in the office "I have been receiving the CENTRAL
son came in second and Morton Fried- remembered him with flowers on his Lieut. Van Treese from his forward HEADLIGHT regularly and certainly do
man third. Class "B" was topped by admittance and again on his birthday, observation point directed artillery fire appreciate it.
Charles Fox. that was credited with annihilating
March 13. two enemy infantry battalions, repuls- "First and foremost I want to take
ing the counter-attack and putting the this opportunity to express my sincere
Lieut. James D. Buescher, bombar- Virginia Smutek, of the Auditor enemy to flight. During this battle, a thankfulness for the Christmas box
dier and navigator of a Flying Fortress, Passenger Accounts Office, Detroit, was mortar shell ripped Lieut. Van from Central Avenue and I am heartily
and formerly of the Auditor Passenger married recently to Lieut. Edward Treese's helmet from his head without hoping that by this time next year we
Accounts Office, Detroit, reported Siantz, Navigator of a B24 Liberator causing him bodily injury. may be back where we were many
"missing in action" over Germany, bomber. He had completed 50 bomb- He continued as forward observer years ago (I have been gone many
January 14, is now known to be a ing missions in the European area. for his battalion until August 4, when years, haven't I? — at least three).
prisoner of war in that country. "We have done considerable travel-
fragments from a mortar shell blasted ing since my last writing and defi-
His father, R. W. Buescher, Chief Pvt. Warren Fisher, of a Chemical his left leg, resulting in an amputa- nitely not "Deep In The Heart of
Clerk in the Auditor Freight Accounts Outfit in the Philippines, an A.P.A. tion below the knee. Texas."
Office, received a letter from him on boy, is reported to be on the way He entered the Army as a private, "I have seen parts of France, Bel-
March 10 (the first news from any back to the United States to undergo August 17, 1941, and was commis- Wm. H. La Combe gium, Holland, England, Scotland and
source) direct from the prison camp treatment of stubborn tropical ulcers. sioned a second lieutenant at Fort Sill, this miserable country. Take it from
where he is interned. Jim reports he Okla., July 21, 1942. He went over- The office employes of the Division a guy who was there, there is nothing
is in good shape, is being "treated Only promotion noted among A.P.A. seas Sept. 5, 1943. General Car Foreman at Detroit re- like the good old U.S.A.
well, and the Red Cross helps a lot."
"I was fortunate enough, during
one of our rest periods, to have the
opportunity to visit Paris and believe
Another of those tremendously me when I say I visited it. We had
popular Saturday afternoon bowling J . T . Hagerty Honored by South Bend Transportation Club
quite a time except for the trip to and
parties brought together at 20 Grand from, in the rear of a 2 / ton truck.
l

Recreation 110 employes of the Audi- 2

Incidentally we got stuck in two feet


tor Passengers Accounts Office, Detroit. of snow on our return and had it not
Staged by Walter Warren, William been for the excitement we might have
Rose and Wilbert Weilert, it, like its had some frozen ' J - '
oes

"I almost forgot to mention about


the gals in Paris. They are really some-
In New Guinea thing! Don't get excited, they can't
beat the gals in the U. S.
"France and Germany are the two
most destroyed countries I have seen.
There just isn't one single house,
building or church left standing in
Left to right, excluding the two men at the extreme ends, F. B. Ingersoll, Secretary and Treasurer of the South Bend any sector where there was the least
Transportation Club; Milton Schulz, Second Vice President; G. H. Frank, General Agent, NYC, South Bend, Chairman bit of resistance. It is going to take
Entertainment Committee; H. P. Hannon, Superintendent Freight Transportation, NYC, Chicago, Guest Speaker; E. 20 years to rebuild Germany, let alone
L Hickman, President; Jere T. Hagerty; and Marion Crofts, First Vice President.
prepare for another war.
"Everything is progressing as well
TERE T. HAGERTY, who retired and "The Freight Yard." G. H. Frank, Jere Hagerty started railroading as can be expected. The Russians are
J late last fall as Ticket Agent at General Agent, New York Central, August 23, 1903. He sold tickets both doing a fine job and we are holding
Sergt. James Armstrong and Sergt. South Bend, Ind., was the guest of South Bend, was chairman of the En- at the old City Ticket Office main- our own. You can readily understand
Oatha Mattox, right, are both fur- honor at the "Railroad Night" of the tertainment Committee. tained in the Oliver Hotel Building, the situation, as it is almost identical
loughed by the Michigan Central Rail- South Bend Transportation Club, Feb-
road from the West Detroit Car shops, Railroading, particularly with the prior to the First World War, and in to someone trying to invade the U. S.
where they were Material Carriers ruary 19. At the time of his retire- New York Central, is a tradition in the local station. He was made Ticket When a mouse has his back to the
wall even he can be dangerous, but
before being inducted. Sergt. Arm- ment, October 28, Mr. Hagerty had the Hagerty family. An uncle, Corne- Agent in April 1920.
strong, twenty-four, went overseas Jan- had more than 41 years of service with lius Hagerty, entered the railroad busi- 'Jerry' is getting all and possibly more
uary 5, 1944, and is in New Guinea the New York Central. ness in 1874, and served as baggage At the conclusion of the Transporta- than he asked for. Definitely do not
with the Infantry. Sergt. Mattox, master for a number of years, after tion Club meeting, Mr. Hagerty was be too optimistic."
twenty-two, went overseas August 19, Nearly 100 persons attended the which he was placed in charge of the presented with a gold membership
1944, and is also in New Guinea with dinner, the program for which in- ticket office of the old Lake Shore and card, representing a paid-up life mem-
the Engineer Aviation Corps. Their cluded a talk by H. P. Hannon, Super- Michigan Southern. A brother, the late bership. He is a past Grand Knight
mother, Mrs. Jessie Mattox, is a Safety F i r s t a n d Last
Checker at Freight Claim Warehouse, intendent Freight Transportation, New John Hagerty, worked in the South of the South Bend Council No. 553,
2727 Livernois Avenue, Detroit. She York Central System, Chicago, and Bend ticket office prior to his promo- Knights of Columbus, 1914-1918, and
formerly worked at West Detroit Car the showing of two New York Cen- tion to the Passenger Traffic Depart- served as a City Councilman, repre-
Shops. tral films, "The Steam Locomotive" ment in Chicago. senting the Third Ward. " S t a y Alive in ' 4 5
Central Headlight 9

Chicago Marine, F. P. Sherrier, Returns Killed in Belgium C. R. & I. Man, with 20 Donations of Blood,
from Pacific Is N.Y.C. Champion

Pfc. Ralph Roth, formerly of Detroit


Stores Dept., previously reported miss-
ing, has now been reported killed in
action in Belgium December 17, 1944,
while serving in an Infantry Unit. Pfc.
Roth served the New York Central well
for several years prior to his induction.

T / S g t . J. W . Early
of I n d i a n a p o l i s is
K i l l e d in G e r m a n y
Technical Sergt. John William
Early, 25, a paratrooper, was killed in
action in Germany, February 7. Sergt.
BACK from 23 months' duty with story. It was really a rough one. We Early was formerly a Yard brakeman
the renowned First Marine Divi- couldn't even dig a foxhole there be- in the Indianapolis Terminal, Indiana John E. Pozmak, Electrician, of Elkhart, shown holding four Red Cross blood
sion in the Pacific is Pfc. Francis cause we couldn't hack our way into Division. donation cards, two of which are in his own name, and two in the name of
Patrick Sherrier, 22, a furloughed New the solid coral. We just had to pile a brother, Joseph, now in Army service. All four cards were used by John.
He entered military service in May,
York Central employe and son of Mr. chunks of wood and coral around us 1942 and went into France the night UNDOUBTEDLY John E. Pozniak, contributions, he answered that with
and Mrs. Joseph N. Sherrier, of 2115 for cover." before D day. In Normandy, Holland C. R. & I. Electrician, Chicago, three brothers in the service he always
West Erie Street, Chicago. He has Although he escaped injury over- and Luxembourg, he was a veteran of can lay claim to System-wide honors had the thought in mind that one of
been returned to a California hospital seas, Sherrier admitted a number of five major engagements. A member of for having donated the largest amount them might need it.
for treatment of a tropical ailment. close calls. the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the of blood to the Red Cross.
The Illinois Leatherneck is a veteran "Once, while I was attending a Catholic Church, he is survived by his Since March 1, 1943, Mr. Pozniak
of the Cape Gloucester, New Britain wounded man on Peleliu, a man look- widow and a seventeen-month-old son. has made 20 donations for a total of
and Peleliu Island battles. A brother, F. H. Early, is in the Air two and one-half gallons of blood. Dies in Battle
ing over my shoulder was shot and
"Cape Gloucester had its bad points, killed. That's a little too close for Corps. This is approximately double the
but the weather was about the only comfort," he declared. amount which would have been given
thing that bothered us constantly," re- He enlisted in August, 1942. by any person making donations at
lates Sherrier. "Peleliu was a different E. C . Richards regular intervals under the Red Cross
W o r k e d 46 Years rules, which limit donations to 10-
week intervals.
D i e s in B e l g i u m Edward C. Richards, Assistant Su-
perintendent of Equipment, Detroit, John, however, got around this by
Fights in Germany John A. Weber, former carman the simple expedient of making half
who retired recently, had more than
helper, Junction Yards, West Detroit, 46 years of continuous service with of his blood donations in the name
first reported as missing in Belgium the Company. of one of his brothers, Joseph, who
was killed December 18. has been with the Army in the South-
Mr. Richards entered service in ern Pacific for more than three years.
Mr. Weber served with the 89th April, 1898, as stenographer and clerk
Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron. in the office of Superintendent of Two others brothers also are in the
He was employed by the New York Motive Power and Equipment at De- Service; Leonard is a machinist's mate,
Central from April 12, 1940 until troit, and his entire working years 3rd class, now at sea aboard the SS
December 23, 1941, when he was were spent in that department, where Mizar; and Stanley, a Marine private,
inducted. he advanced by successive stages to is in the Southwest Pacific.
Chief Accountant, Chief Clerk, Assis- John Pozniak, who is 33, has been
tant to Superintendent of Rolling with the New York Central approxi-
Chief Max Honored Stock, then Superintendent of Rolling mately three and one-half years. He
M. J. Max, Chief of Police at De- Stock and finally Assistant Superin- resides with his wife and sons, 6 and
troit, recently was appointed to serve tendent of Equipment. 11, in Elkhart. A husky fellow, he is Pvt. Lyle Green, furloughed section
on the Internal Security Committee He was presented with a War Bond 6 feet tall and tips the scales at 210 laborer,
action in
Leslie, Mich., was killed in
Belgium, January 13. Pvt.
of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of substantial amount as well as other pounds.
of Police, with which he has long Green entered military service June 23,
been associated. His wide and varied gifts. Asked why he doubled his blood 1943, and served in the Infantry. His
experience is expected to be of mate- mother, Mrs. Bessie Green, survives.
rial benefit to the committee. Be Sure That Match Is Out! Step On It!
Pfc. Evert, W o u n d e d
G . O . Ross Retired
Again Fights O v e r s e a s
When the New York Central's Indianapolis Public Relations Group, Section 2
Southwestern Limited pulled into the Pfc. Harry F. Evert, a furloughed
Indianapolis Union Station recently, Signal Helper from Pine, Indiana, son
Conductor Guy O. Ross stepped into of Robert Evert, Section Foreman at
Pfc. John Humphrey, formerly em- retirement after 43 years, two months Pine, was wounded in his right arm
ployed as an Assistant Signalman on and 10 days of service with the old when fighting in France. After hos-
the Michigan Central District at West Big Four unit. pitalization and recovery, he was re-
Detroit, and son of V. J. Humphrey, turned to service with his old outfit
now Signal Supervisor at the same A large number of his friends were in the Sixth Army Command group,
location, is now in Germany with a on hand to greet him with flowers where he is assigned to operate a
Field Artillery Glider Outfit. Pfc. and good wishes. flame thrower.
Humphrey is 20 years of age and has Mr. Ross started as a freight brake-
served with the Armed Forces since man October 19, 1901, was promoted
February 25, 1943. to freight conductor August 18, 1908 Indianan W o u n d e d
and to passenger conductor in April, Pvt. Lynn R. Lytle, son of Signal
1917. Maintainer O. J. Lytle at Pine, In-
Indiana Soldier He was a member of the Indianap- diana, assigned to the 95th Division of
olis City Council from January 1, 1939 Patton's Third Army, was severely
Promoted in England to December 31, 1942. wounded November 29, 1944, when
AN EIGHTH AIR FORCE SERV- fighting in Germany. He has returned
ICE COMMAND STATION, ENG- to the States by transport plane and
LAND— The promotion of Marvin Windsor Man Feted is now recovering at Camp Pickett,
A. Norman, whose wife, Mrs. Kath- Harvey Merrill, Windsor, Ontario, Virginia.
ryn Norman, lives at RR 2, Wrights- Yard Conductor, who recently retired,
town, New Jersey, from private to was given a dinner by 68 fellow
private first class has been announced employes. He was presented with a Duckworth t o Tulsa
by the headquarters of this strategic bill fold containing "folding money." J. W. Switzer, Passenger Traffic
air depot bomber repair base, where Stephen Wallace, presided, and Manager in Chicago, announced, effec-
battle-damaged B-17 Flying Fortresses there were talks by James W. Mc- tive March 1, the appointment of Nor-
of the Eighth Air Force are repaired. Gowean, Trainmaster, R. A. Drake, Above is a picture of Public Relations Group Section 2, after its fifth session. bert Duckworth as Passenger Repre-
He is a member of the air corps supply General Yardmaster, Alex Liddell, a This group has been meeting in Union Station at Indianapolis. Standing, left sentative at Tulsa, Oklahoma, suc-
to right: E. L. White, E. A. Hildebrandt, J. S. Jacobs, O. F. Kennedy, C. M.
division. He was a section laborer for pensioner and Hubert B. Fowler, Wise, C. J. Degner and Paul Dale. Seated, left to right: W. F. Dean, ceeding Frank W. Trinka, appointed
the New York Central at Brookville, chairman of the committee. Wilfred R. E. Hughes, R. T. McGill, Group Leader, C. R. Taggart and L. W. Wise. General Agent, Passenger Department.
Indiana. Gregg, of the Yard office staff, sang. The men in the group are all foremen or supervisors. Oklahoma City.
10 Central Headlight

Wives Attend "Graduation Night" Dinner of Chicago s 9


First New York Central Public Speaking Class Detroiter Loses
Only Son in War
As He Is Pensioned
L. B. Sheridan, Leading Signal
Maintainer at West Detroit, retired
on pension recently, after 30 years
of service with this company. Good
wishes for his retirement were sad-
dened by official notice that his
only son had been killed in action
in Germany.

Battle Creek

Pilot Killed as

Planes Collide
February 27 was "Graduation Night" for members of Chicago's first New York Central Public Speaking Class. Members invited their wives to attend the "Class Battle Creek has added another Gold
Dinner" at the Hamilton Hotel, and the final meeting of the group, when each member made a brief speech. Organized December 11, the class had 12 Star to its Honor Roll with the an-
sessions under the direction of a professional instructor. Shown, left to right, seated: Mrs. E. W. Hobbs; Mrs. John Redmore; Mr. Redmore, Special Engineer; nouncement that Capt. Thomas C.
F. H. Garner, Superintendent; A. Z. Pierrot, Professor of Speech, Central YMCA College, Chicago, Instructor; Mrs. F. H. Garner; Mrs. Leroy Blue, and Brownfield, former New York Central
Mrs. A. W. Morgan; first row standing: H. P. Hannon, Superintendent Freight Transportation; Mrs. G. T. Donahue, wife of G. T. Donahue, Assistant District
Engineer, Cleveland, a visitor; Mrs. J. R. Scofield; L. C. Howe, Division Freight Agent; Mrs. S. W. Bone; Mrs. R. L Melbourne; Mrs. P. P. Belitz; Mrs. L. C. Yard Brakeman, was one of the two
Howe; Mrs. H. P. Hannan: P. P. Belitz, Assistant Coal Traffic Manager, and Mrs. W. H. Leahy; second row standing: C. W. Kerchner, Claim Agent; W. H. Randolph Field (Texas) pilots killed
Leahy, Assistant Superintendent; J L. Sorensen, Trainmaster; Mrs. Sorensen; S. W. Bone, Division Passenger Agent; E. W. Hobbs, Trainmaster; A. W. Morgan, in a mid-air collision there, Febru-
General Freight Agent, IHB—CR&I; R. L. Milbourne, General Westbound Agent; Leroy Blue, General Freight Agent, and J. R. Scofield, Division Engineer. ary 8.
One member, W. M. Smith, Supervisor Mail and Express, was unable to attend. Ironically enough, Capt. Brown-
field, afighterpilot, had only recently
returned from the European Theater
Detroit Girl H a s of Operations, where he had com-
Perfect S h i p p i n g C a m p a i g n pleted 97 missions. He held the Dis-
Six in Service Gets Air Medal tinguished Flying Cross and the Air
Valada Barr, employed in the De- Medal with 16 Oak Leaf Clusters.
troit District Station Accounting Bu- in A p r i l - 5 6 0 , 0 0 0 , 0 0 0 Loss in ' 4 4 Capt. Brownfield entered the mili-
reau, has every reason to be proud of tary service April 11, 1941. After
her patriotic family. W I T H an estimated 60-million-dollar national loss and damage of freight serving 15 months with the 126th In-
Her youngest brother, 18, is on a in transit during 1944, a nation-wide Perfect Shipping Campaign will fantry, 32nd (Red Arrow) Division,
Naval Net Tender in European waters, be conducted during April to reduce this large wartime waste, according to he transferred to the Air Corps and
and her oldest brother, with four J. E. Bryan, of Chicago, General Chairman of the committee in charge of the won his wings at Selma, Ala., on
years' service, is with the Army in drive and General Traffic Manager of the Wisconsin Paper & Pulp Manu- March 10, 1943. He went to England
Germany. Three other brothers are in facturers' Traffic Association. in February, 1944, and only recently
the Pacific battle zones, one in the returned to the United States for
Army, one on a destroyer, and one as The campaign, Mr. Bryan declared, Mr. Bryan announced that an in- reassignment.
a Naval Armed Guard on merchant will drive home to every shipping tensive educational campaign will be Capt. Brownfield was employed as
ships. agency, shipping employe and the pub- carried on during April at local meet- yard brakeman, Battle Creek, Jan. 27,
lic the tragic waste of wartime effort ings of shipper organizations, traffic 1941. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs.
On the feminine side she has a which results from poor packing and and trade bodies, chambers of com- Oscar Brownfield, of Marshall, Mich.,
sister who helps maintain G.I. morale improper handling of freight. It will merce and other business groups. Em- and the senior Mr. Brownfield is a
as a travelling entertainer at U.S.O. also have the additional objective of phasis will be upon the vital necessity Yard Conductor at Battle Creek. He
clubs. Valada, herself, served six improving packaging technique in the for conserving wartime resources by was a graduate of Marshall High
months in the WAC, until released at postwar period, he said. preventing the loss of war products School and attended the University of
her mother's request, because she was The 13 regional Shippers Advisory through damage in shipment before Michigan and the Western State
needed at home. Boards, with a membership of more they ever reach thefightingfronts. Teachers' College before his employ-
than 23,000 shippers and receivers of The increasing extent of this loss, ment with the New York Central.
Bob Servo, of the Army Air Corps, freight and express, will take an active Mr. Bryan said, can be measured by Besides his parents he is survived
paid the Detroit District Accounting part in the campaign, Mr. Bryan the fact that national freight damage by two sisters, Marilyn and Valdean,
Bureau a recent visit. Bob was recently stated. Others who will participate in- was about one-third greater in 1944 at home, and his grandparents, Mr.
transferred to Scott Field, Ill. and clude the Association of American than it was in 1943. and Mrs. Thomas Church of Marshall,
was pleasantly surprised when he Railroads, the Railway Express Agency "The waste from careless packing, Mich.
learned that his old office pal, Bill and other transportation agencies, he marking and handling," Mr. Bryan Sergt. Charles G. Wilson of Clearfield,
Brandt, was also stationed there. added. continued, "has reached a tremendous Pa., a former employe of the Water
lost-value figure, and our wits and Supply Maintenance, B&B Department, where are many of our wounded sol-
resourcefulness are again challenged and son of Signal Maintainer C. A. diers.
The 701st Railway Grand Division Retrieves to cut this to a minimum. Wilson, completed his 46th mission as
"The war has impressed upon us a ball turret gunner on a B-24 and was Sergt. John Bats, recently home on
Locomotive From Bottom of 60-foot Fill awarded the Air Medal for meritorious
that it is the end use of goods that achievement with the Fifth Air Force, furlough, stationed at Fort Benning,
counts. Take bullets, bombs, para- in the Southwest Pacific. Ga., was selected by a popular vote
chutes and life rafts, for instance. We for a blind date at a Valentine Party
know that what gives value to all
goods is their arrival at destination in Ferdinand Ratajack, located in the sponsored by the radio.
perfectly useable shape. Take food, States.
medicine and blood plasma. That we Staff" Sergt. Victor Mettler, son of
knew, or found out, how to package, Interesting letters have been received E. J. Mettler, I. H. B. Car Distribu-
pack, load, stow and carefully handle from Sergt. Essie Wylie, our WAC, tor, is with the Medical Corps in
these things from here to there has who is now in New Guinea. England.
been demonstrated. Let us make use
of this knowledge."
The Misses Helen Flewelling and Jackson P. O a k w o o d
Elaine Jewett, nurses' aides, served Jackson P. Oakwood, a retired Con-
C h a n g e s a t Gibson voluntarily for two weeks at the Army ductor, died recently in Bucyrus. He
G. H. Austgen was appointed Joint Hospital at Camp Atterbury, Ind., would have been 70 in May.
Freight Agent at Gibson for the In-
diana Harbor Belt, New York Central
and Michigan Central, March 1. William T. Elmes, Pittsburgh & Lake Erie, Now
As a result of departmental reorgan- a Colonel, Transportation Corps, in Europe
ization, Mr. Austgen took over station
operations, which for many years were
consolidated under Auditor C. K.
Thomas. Sixty-eight members of the
Auditor's office force were transferred
to the new department. Prior to this
promotion, Mr. Austgen was Chief
Clerk to Mr. Thomas.

Gibson Pair W e d
From the Office of Superintendent
Freight Transpprtation, Gibson, Indi-
ana:
An office romance between Nick
Sotor and Vivian Fretz resulted in a
wedding in the Lutheran Church in
Hammond, Ind., recently. A reception
followed to which members of the
office were invited.

We have had visits recently from


a number of our boys who are serv-
This picture shows M.R.S. men at work on an unusual wrecking job overseas. ing in the Armed Forces: Daniel Res-
They are about to recover a 2-8-0 U.S.A. locomotive which slid down the nick of the Navy, back from the Lieut. Col. Elmes. of the Army Corps of Engineers, has been promoted to a
side of a fill, which had started to flow from the effects of heavy rains. The Southwest' Pacific; Walter Conway, full colonelcy with the Military Railway Service and appointed Chief Engineer
locomotive is shown at the bottom of a deep gully, 20 feet from where it of the railroads controlled by the American Army in the European Theater
fell across a swollen creek. Five rails were placed on a cribbing of ties and Army Air Forces,'back from Alaska; of Operations. Previously he had been head of the Military Supply Branch
caterpillars with powerful winches, aided by six five-ton hand winches, finally Bob Boyer, Signal Corps, U. S. Army, of the U. S. District Engineers Office in Pittsburgh and Louisville. Formerly
pulled the engine to the top. The job was completed after a medley of snow, now in Florida after spending two he was a Maintenance of Way official with the P. L. & E. His Army address
rain, wind, mud and bitter cold. years in the Southwest Pacific; and is 0-225978, 2nd M.R.S. Headquarters, A.P.O. 350, New York.
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came to I had my right arm pillowed


Red Cross Worker Utica N.Y.C. S / S g t . Bray, P. & L. E. Clerk, Gets Fishing Rod as under my head and my left arm was
up in the air. I noticed it had been
Awarded Bronze Star He Ends Long Service pierced by a bullet. Whether I was
hit while I was out or after I had
A NINTH AIR FORCE FIGHTER- started coming to, I'll never know."
BOMBER BASE, France. — Because A boiler-maker apprentice for the
a P-47 Thunderbolt fighter plane in New York Central Railroad shops in
his care completed 133 consecutive
combat missions without once being Jackson in civil life, Pfc. Jablonski has
forced to return because of mechani- served over two years in the Army.
cal failure, Staff Sergt. Bernard Les-
niak, a P-47 crew chief of Utica, N.Y.,
has been awarded the Bronze Star Hollander Resigns;
Medal.
Joins Kalamazoo Bank
"This record," stated the citation W. J. Hollander, for 16 years
accompanying the award, "was accom- Claim Agent at Elkhart for the New
William H. Wallman, who retired re- plished during periods when the air-
cently as Chief Clerk to the Agent at craft was called upon to fly as many York Central, resigned, effective April
Indianapolis, is devoting his time to 1, to become trust officer of the First
Red Cross and Crippled Childrens' or- as three missions a day| Unstinting National Bank & Trust Company,
ganizations. His service with the com- contribution of normal off-duty hours Kalamazoo. His territory as claim
pany covered fifty-two years. In various and application of high professional agent covered northern Indian; and
positions in the local office he has skill and ability were constantly neces-
served under seven agents. Above, he sary. Staff Sergt. Lesniak's exceptional George G. Bray, Clerk in the P. L. & E. Freight Traffic Department, Pitts- southern Michigan NYC lines.
is shown with Mrs. Wallman and their display of determination to do his recentburgh, is pictured above at a testimonial in his behalf on the occasion of his
son Herbert, who is now serving with retirement, when he was presented with a set of fishing rods and
work in a superior manner has been tackle. Mr. Bray was with the railroad for more than twenty-six years.
the Air Force at Peterson Field, a valuable inspiration."
Colorado. Including previous service with the Pennsylvania Railroad, his railroad career C o p Again Railroader
Sergt. Lesniak is a member of the spanned forty-three years. A former New York Central em-
365th "Hell Hawk" fighter group ploye, Raymond D. Dickerhoff, re-
which destroyed or damaged 337 Nazi has been appointed an additional Com- gan, is now recuperating at this United tired on pension from the Elkhart,
Gov. D e w e y Speaks vehicles on the first two days of the pany Surgeon at St. Thomas, Ontario. States Army station hospital in Indiana police force on March 26,
German December offensive. The Utica England. He has been awarded the and returned to the employ of the
(Concluded from page 12) crew chief was employed as an oiler Purple Heart. New York Central as a freight brake-
yet you have carried on and right by the New York Central at Utica. Jackson Soldier "We were in the attack on the out- man on the Western Division. Sev-
here at the climax of the war, under W o u n d e d in France skirts of a town and had been pinned eral years prior to World War I, Mr.
the greatest manpower stress in his- THE 303RD STATION HOSPITAL, down by machine gun fire," Pvt. Ja- Dickerhoff worked as a yard clerk and
tory you have produced this magnifi- Two New Surgeons ENGLAND. — Shot in the left hand blonski said. "I heard a shell whistling apprentice switchman with New York
cent giant and I wish every one in our Dr. John A. MacNeal has been as he fought with his Infantry unit in over and it kayoed me for quite Central, returning to the railroad after
State could see and admire it as it appointed Company Surgeon at Hills- the Moselle Valley, France, Pfc. Stan- awhile from concussion. I don't know the war until his appointment to the
rolled out of that engine house. dale, Michigan. Dr. John F. Curtis ley H. Jablonski, 22 of Jackson, Michi- how long I laid there, but when I police force on August 6, 1924.
"Accordingly, it seems to me that
we are celebrating here a symbol of
victory and of the future greater pro-
ductivity which will produce greater "Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night
living standards in our country after stays these couriers from the swift completion of
the war. their appointed rounds."
"This engine, which today is to be Herodotus
named the Niagara is another in the
long line of great railroad engines on
the New York Central, which has car-
ried the name of New York State T r a v e l i n g o n a
throughout the western half of the
United States. It follows its great
predecessors the Mohawk and Hudson How 3 billion pieces of
series, and it is interesting to reflect w a r t i m e mail a y e a r
upon its earliest predecessor the De P O S T A G E S T A M P
Witt Clinton. Do you all remember speed over the
what happened, as you recall in your Water Level Route
history books, 114 years ago, one of
the great days in our history was when
the great DeWitt Clinton steamed all
N OT ONE of the passengers aboard
the 20th Century Limited ever
sets foot here. This car is reserved for
postal clerks sort this cargo of "prefer-
ential mail." And tomorrow, on arrival,
the pouches and sacks will be ready
the way from Albany to Schenectady. wartime travelers of a different kind for immediate forwarding or delivery.
It weighed six tons and traveled at ... tiny V- mail... important business Winter or summer, through storm
the breathtaking pace of 30 miles an letters ... registered envelopes packed or fair weather, these "post offices on
hour pulling a couple of stage coach with war contracts and blueprints . . . wheels" provide lowest cost transpor-
cars behind it. tation for 96% of the nation's vast mail
all part of the three billion pieces of
"Today we have here an engine mail that now speed each year over tonnage. A vital war service of Amer-
which weighs not six tons, but 445 the New York Central. ican railroads today. A service that will
tons. It took 63,000 man hours to Hour after hour, as the Century be even swifter and more efficient on
build it, and it is designed to travel bores through the night, deft-fingered the finer, faster trains of tomorrow.
over 100 miles per hour, pulling pas-
senger trains, but I hope you don't go
quite that fast. I had a little experi- LAST BAG ABOARD J Before the Century
ence last summer in the State of pulls out, last-minute mail is collected
Washington when a train going 50 MILE-A-MINUTE SORTING from the station mail room. Many busi-
nessfirmssend messengers to the station
miles an hour, which was too fast Mail from many states and na- with mail for overnight delivery be-
then, ran into the back of the one tions is dumped on this table for tween New York and Chicago.
sorting. Here, trained clerks
ahead of us. work all night as their car speeds
"So as you have carried on in the over the Water Level Route
face of every difficulty here, you are
entitled, I think, to the thanks of
every citizen of our State, the man-
agement and labor and to all the WAITING "OPENMOUTHED"
citizens of the community for your These racks hold bags open. Clerks
great contribution to the war effort. It become expert at tossing in mail
augurs well for victory and for great as they sort it.
days when peace comes. I congratu-
late you as Governor of the State and
personally, I want to say 'Great doing
and many more things like this to
come.' "
Among the guests were Oswald D.
Heck, Speaker of the New York State TRAVELING MAIL BOX
This letter chute permits passen-
Assembly; Mayor Mills TenEyck of gers to put letters directly aboard
Schenectady; J. H. Nuelle, President the post-office car at stops along
of the Delaware & Hudson Railroad the way.
Corporation; G. H. Caley, Vice Presi-
dent and General Manager of the MAGNIFYING V-MAIL
Clerks read photographically-re-
D. & H.; Executive Vice President duced V-mail addresses under a lens.
R. D. Starbuck and Vice Presidents V-mail gets speed preference, and
R. E. Dougherty, M. J. Alger, W. C. regularly rides the Century. Today,
soldier mail is vast; but even more
Bower, W. F. Place of the New York would be welcomed by service mem
Central; P. W. Kiefer, Chief Engi-
neer, Motive Power & Rolling Stock "GUARDING THE REDS"
and a number of other New York Registered letters, called "reds," are
Central officers. carefully guarded and recorded.
Present also were R. C. Muir, Ches- Clerks are armed. Pouches must be
opened and closed, with recording
ter H. Lang, H. A. Winne and Rob- padlock, in the presence of a sec-
ert S. Peare, Vice Presidents of the ond clerk who signs as witness. BUY MORE
General Electric Company, J. V. En- WAR BONDS
nis, Senior Vice President of the "PICKER-UPPER"
American Locomotive Company and On most trains, this Catcher Arm is
Frank J. Foley, Robert B. McColl, swung out to snatch mail bags at
way stations, providing fast mail
James E. Davenport, William S. Mor- service for even small towns.
ris and S. D. Williams, Vice Presi-
dents of the American Locomotive
Company.
Governor Dewey was accompanied N e w Y o r k C e n t r a l
by Paul Lockwood, his executive sec-
retary. ONE OF AMERICA'S RAILROADS-ALL UNITED FOR VICTORY
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Snapshots Taken at Ceremony in Schenectady When the Niagara Was Delivered to the New York Central by Its Builder

Left to right, Earl Graper, Fireman, John Peterson, Engineman, Gov. Dewey, President Metzman, Duncan Fraser, Pres-
ident of Alco and W. C. Dickerman, chairman of the Board, Alco.
slowly falling to pieces. It is even
more than a symbol of victory. It is Front of The Niagara, with smoke deflectors on each side. These are made
a symbol of the great cooperation of aluminum on steel frames.
that exists in our State between man-
agement and labor.
"I understand that collective bar-
gaining has progressed here at the
American Locomotive Company peace-
fully and harmoniously and without
one major strike since the beginning
of the war. I want to tell the men
working in these yards that we are
proud and grateful of the magnificent
record they have made for Schenec-
tady, for the State, and for the world
throughout this war.
"These haven't been easy times to
keep production up to the maximum.
There have been rising costs of living
and greater difficulties getting to and
from work, training new men, losing
some of your best men to the war and
(Concluded on page 11)
Gov. Dewey in cab of The Niagara. In the cab door stands John Peterson,
President Metzman and Governor Dewey talk with Alco workmen after the New York Central engineman.
the boiler and the exhaust, and a
F e a t u r e s of t h e 6 0 0 0 H o r s e P o w e r N i a g a r a modified trailer truck, permitting a
G o v e r n o r D e w e y S p e a k s THE Niagara is expected to affect materially the post-war trend of design substantial increase in ashpan volume,
for high capacity, reciprocating coal-fired locomotives. which makes possible faster and easier
(Continued from page one) servicing.
The new locomotive is as high and wide as clearances on the New York Steam pressure of 275 pounds is
"I am happy to congratulate all looking and progressive advances even Central will permit. Numbered 6000, it will develop more than 6000 horse- used in conjunction with the 75-inch
who had a part in designing and during war time. power. It is designed for handling both freight and passenger trains in the driving
building this new mechanical giant, "One of the tests of a crack up of fastest service and embodies notable advances among reciprocating steam ara was wheels, with which the Niag-
delivered. Later when 79-inch
the first of a new series which, be- a Nation is what happens to its rail- locomotives — in power, availability, economy and efficiency. drivers are installed, this pressure will
cause of its great power, we are des- roads and when you see the stories The locomotive was turned over at This locomotive, of 4-8-4 wheel ar- be increased to 290 pounds.
ignating the Niagara. of the wrecks on the German lines you once to the Central's equipment en- rangement, is outstanding for a new Other features include a smoke de-
"We have high expectations as to know that the beginning of the end gineering experts for shakedown runs, design fire tube boiler, the greatest in flector arrangement to lift the smoke
its performance in making available is not too far away. On the contrary to be followed by exhaustive perform- barrel diameter and length ever used above the train, and the extensive use
the speed and power which will enable we find right here in Schenectady that ance and capacity tests, which will on the Central. of aluminum for sandbox, running
us to do a progressively better job. instead of having deterioration we are continue for several months. Other advances in design that it em- boards, cab and related construction.
We are confident that these expecta- today dedicating the greatest engine Aside from its huge size, the Niag- bodies are a much larger firebox, The locomotive has a new design
tions will be realized and 25 locomo- ever produced for the New York Cen- ara differs in appearance from pre- giving high combustion efficiency with bed-type tender, with a capacity of
tives similar in design are to be built tral and that I may say is the symbol ceding locomotives in that it has a varying grades of bituminous coal; 46 tons of coal and 18,000 gallons of
for us as fast as possible by the Amer- of the fact that America is marching smooth top boiler surface, with no extra large steam passages, which cut water. An innovation, the use of
ican Locomotive Company. toward victory while our enemies are steam dome. the loss of steam pressure between seven large vent pipes permits the
"We are greatly honored today by locomotive to take on its load of
the presence of the distinguished Gov- water while running at 80 miles an
ernor of the State, the Honorable hour.
Thomas E. Dewey. It is a pleasure to By the use of a new running gear
present him to you." The Niagara at Peekskill, N.Y., on one of its First "Shakedown" Runs arrangement on this tender, the total
The Governor, who received a warm length of the locomotive and tender
greeting, said: is held to 97 feet, enabling the loco-
"I give you my word that I did motive to be handled on the Central's
not bring this snow storm from Al- 100-foot turntables.
bany with me; just to make sure, I In productive power per unit of
checked up and found that you had it weight, the Niagara is expected to
before we did. excel all other Central locomotives.
"Nevertheless, I can not think of a
more auspicious occasion than this
demonstration of magnificent coopera- Falls Marine Returns
tion between two of the most produc- Marine Corps Air Depot, Miramar,
tive forces in the State of New York, Calif., Corp. Joseph M. Grady, 23,
a railroad which for 114 years has a Marine from Niagara Falls, is Ma-
carried the life-blood of our State rine Aviation personnel who has re-
up and down the Hudson River and turned here.
across the State from Albany to Buf- Corporal Grady served as an avia-
falo and then to the rest of the Na- tion ordnanceman with afightersquad-
tion. Everywhere you go around the ron of the First Marine Air Wing,
United States the New York Central stationed on Midway and Green Island
is a standard of comfort and travel. and in the New Hebrides and Sol-
"I am proud to be Governor of a omon Islands. He was employed by
State which has one of the greatest the New York Central before enlisting
railroads in the world named for it in October, 1942. He was promoted
and we are all proud of its forward- in August, 1944.