I'm firing for Milwaukee Road Engineer Harry Gust. We're about to board the eastbound Empire Builder at Lacrosse,WI. for our trip to Milwaukee. We've got three Milwaukee E9's today which was highly unusual for the Builder. The usual power was ex-GN/NP F's or ex-CB&Q E units. Amtrak was one year old and all of us Milwaukee Road guys are glad for it even though we've lost over sixty Engineer and Fireman positions on the Lacrosse Division passenger board. I must of caught this run off the Fireman's extra board cause after those job cuts I could barely hold my breath let alone a passenger job!