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The LAST RAILROADER: A LIfelong Interest in All Aspects of RAILROADING - Volume 1 Mike Max Szemplenski

The LAST RAILROADER: A LIfelong Interest in All Aspects of RAILROADING - Volume 1

Mike Max Szemplenski

Published October 4th 2015
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Kindle Edition
43 pages
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This E-Book covers my early life in RAILROADING, starting in Pine Bush, N.Y. where during the summer of 1954, I experienced my first encounter with not only an extremely loud Horn Blasting SW- Diesel Engine- but also a beautiful ERIE CABOOSE!!! TheMoreThis E-Book covers my early life in RAILROADING, starting in Pine Bush, N.Y. where during the summer of 1954, I experienced my first encounter with not only an extremely loud Horn Blasting SW- Diesel Engine- but also a beautiful ERIE CABOOSE!!! The two main railroads in the Pine Bush area that influenced my love affair with anything to do with Railroading, were the Erie Railroad and the New York Ontario & Western (N.Y.O.& W - affectionately know as The Old & Weary).Then in 1955, we moved to Attica, N.Y., where besides being the place of an Infamous State Prison- was also the Mecca of Railroading as far as a 4 year old Railroader was concerned. Here I further experienced a number of different aspects of Railroading- anywhere from watching an ABBA set of F-7 units pulling over a 100 car train accompanied by a beautiful Red Caboose on the end, to actually riding inside the Cab of a small Diesel Engine. Then their was my involvement in Model Railroading, where I spent countless hours building a Railroad Empire. I also had the opportunity to travel on a number of Passenger Trains thru New York State. This was followed by my opportunity to visit many different railroads in Western N.Y. such as the D.L.&W. - Delaware Lackawanna & Western, the Lehigh Valley R.R. and the New York Central R.R. Then there is a a look at one of my Adolescent Moments - where I decided to hitch a ride on a freight train by getting myself inside a moving box-car, not one of my brighter plans. These experiences were all an important part of my Railroading during my youth in Attica.The final part of Volume 1 covers my first time actually working on a railroad. In the summer of 1969, I was hired by the Erie Lackawanna Railway to work on a Rail Gang where my job was to help replace the old 39 ft. sections of track with 1/4 mile welded sections of heavy duty 120 lb.rail. This was indeed one summer I will never forget!!!