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A work extra busy building a train at the Egremont siding. Several photos ago I showed 90 covered hoppers being shoved into the old part of the Lac La Biche Sub. for storage. Here they are being dug out and built into a train. 15 or 20 cars at a time they were being brought out, run around then shoved north of the siding. I'm sure they were wishing the siding was longer. The fellow riding in the footwell is one of my favourite foreman from when I worked at CN. When I was there he worked afternoons at Clover Bar yard. You really liked getting him as you were pretty much guaranteed going home at least 4 hours early. This was a hard concept for friends to understand. Going to work for 15:30, work till 19:30 or so and then off to the friends house for an evening of fun just after 20:00. You also took a break during your shift as you had to get into the yard office for several rounds of Smear. I honestly can say I have never worked another job like railroading.
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Caption: A work extra busy building a train at the Egremont siding. Several photos ago I showed 90 covered hoppers being shoved into the old part of the Lac La Biche Sub. for storage. Here they are being dug out and built into a train. 15 or 20 cars at a time they were being brought out, run around then shoved north of the siding. I'm sure they were wishing the siding was longer. The fellow riding in the footwell is one of my favourite foreman from when I worked at CN. When I was there he worked afternoons at Clover Bar yard. You really liked getting him as you were pretty much guaranteed going home at least 4 hours early. This was a hard concept for friends to understand. Going to work for 15:30, work till 19:30 or so and then off to the friends house for an evening of fun just after 20:00. You also took a break during your shift as you had to get into the yard office for several rounds of Smear. I honestly can say I have never worked another job like railroading.

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L. Priest [99] (more) (contact)
Date: 10/18/1985 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 1069 (search)
Train Symbol: Extra (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Lac La Biche Sub. (search)
City/Town: Egremont (search)
Province: Alberta (search)
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2 Comments
  1. Ahh! the good old days :)

  2. All of us share a few working years with some real bona fide number one boneheads; and with that in mind it is nice to hear you have some pleasant memories back on the job with CN. To kick back with a brewski and reflect on fun times rather than stressful ones makes life so much more enjoyable. Good stuff!!!

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