Steam Era Train Crews

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Thu Mar 28 09:08:05 EDT 2013

Usually, it depended on the job. But normally, two brakemen, one called the head end brakeman, riding on the locomotive or tender in the dog house, the other on the caboose, and a conductor.

On jobs that had a lot of switching to do, like a local freight, there was a third brakeman. So either 5 or six men depending on the circumstance.

Ken Miller

On Mar 28, 2013, at 7:46 AM, NW Mailing List wrote:

> Other than the engineer and fireman, who else made up a typical freight train crew in the early '50s--on a run from Roanoke to Hagerstown, for example. ~~Bernie Hylton

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