On Being a Railroad Signal Maintainer, circa 1913

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Tue Aug 24 18:19:22 EDT 2004

Cal Reynolds asks:

>>  A very interesting list. Question, how did he transport the equipment to 
the job site. In 1913 horses were still horse around, trucks just coming on 
scene. <<

And I think the answer is, "He didn't."  

The signal maintainer envisioned in this list maintained an interlocking.  
Thus, his territory extended a few hundred feet on either side of the tower.

A "section maintainer," on the other hand, carried the few supplies he needed 
on his motor car.

And then there was the "lineman," who was responsible for the pole line and 
obviously worked from a motor car... often a Western Union motor car.

-- abram burnett 
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