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 Post subject: Re: Female engineers and Firemen in the steam era.
PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 12:30 am 

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Brian is right. 57 Irish laborers building the Philadelphis and Columbia RR (today Amtrak's Harrisburg Line) at Duffy's Cut, near Malvern, in 1832, were caught up in the cholera pandemic of the day. It appears the survivors of the cholera were killed, possibly to prevent spread of the disease.

Cholera is a bacterial infection manifested by diarrhea and is caused by contaminated water or food. It is very contagious in the absence of sanitation.

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 Post subject: Re: Female engineers and Firemen in the steam era.
PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:37 pm 

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So the intermediate conclusion of this thread might be that concerning the railroads, women were saved from hard labour and the draft, whilst there was widespread discrimination against black men in many ways.

I have searched long but did not find more than this one woman I even don't have the name of, who saved one of the most remarkable and valuable historical steam locomotives in many respects, the "Fire Queen" in Wales.

The story goes that when this locomotive, built in 1848, ended its working life in 1886, the daughter of the quarry's owner begged her father to save it and so it rested as a time capsule in a shed for over 80 years.

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 Post subject: Re: Female engineers and Firemen in the steam era.
PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:05 pm 

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@ Termite7 : intresting that your father, who was a White Southrner, so in the mind of most people a racist, did get along well with the Blacks and Northen Whites, who people considered less racist, where in fact more racist then a Southerner.

I wonder what rail companies treated theyr non-White employees better.

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 Post subject: Re: Female engineers and Firemen in the steam era.
PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:20 pm 

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We experienced a lot of descrimination when we moved up north. There was always a bunch of southern construction workers who traveled around and we bonded together...usually ended up in the same trailer park. There were usually little confederate flags on some of the trailers as it would be known as "Rebel Row"...but it was all humor and no hate. As a whole we were not roundly welcomed by the local workers but the unions needed men to work and there just was not enough local guys. The local (northern) unions were all white and not pleased with black workers coming on the job either...those guys were hired because civil rights laws had required it. Another minority my dad encountered back then was American Indian (Algonquin?) iron workers...they were masters of balance and walked on the I beams like acrobats. My dad said they were pidgeon-toed which gave them an advantage. I have never heard this anywhere else...maybe this is not the place to talk about it.
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 Post subject: Re: Female engineers and Firemen in the steam era.
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2020 9:42 pm 

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Not sure what moderator thinks about a link like this but...here is a RPPC of a train crew and one of them (guy on the extreme right---the best dressed one) has a darker skin tone and may be an African American. It was something some of the readers were interested in. You might have to cut and paste it in your browser to go to the page.
T7
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-RPPC-b ... SwIlhfkyjx


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 Post subject: Re: Female engineers and Firemen in the steam era.
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2020 10:01 pm 

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Termite7 wrote:
Not sure what moderator thinks about a link like this but...here is a RPPC of a train crew and one of them (guy on the extreme right---the best dressed one) has a darker skin tone and may be an African American. It was something some of the readers were interested in. You might have to cut and paste it in your browser to go to the page.
T7
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-RPPC-b ... SwIlhfkyjx


That gentleman on the far right looks like a Pullman porter allright. In one of my earlier responses., I could not remember the name of the black steam engineer I met, the first black engineer in Louisiana. His name is Otha Green.


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 Post subject: Re: Female engineers and Firemen in the steam era.
PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2020 10:41 am 

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When I started being involved in my Dads railroad ( CRRofNJ) there were lots of black men employed on the railroad mostly in Pullman sleeping car service, terminal maintenance and section gangs. The CNJ had a 3 car office car fleet and each car had a dedicated attendant who was responsible for all things internal to that car and served as OBS when the car went on the road.

My Dad's car ( # 97) was taken care of by Mr. J.D.Wilson who retired in 1968 with 42 years service and went on to work with us on our HICO and AFT trips as senior attendant on our PV's. He insisted on working actively until very near his passing in 1981.

Back then ( 1950's-1960's) there were no women in T&E service. IIRC women did not begin to enter the T&E ranks until the 1980's thanks in part to deregulation via the Staggers Act.

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