RailPictures.Net Photo: MILW 173 Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific EMD SD40-2 at Doylestown, Wisconsin by Tom Farence
 
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Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific (more..)
EMD SD40-2 (more..)
Milwaukee Road LaCrosse Division MP 160/161 (more..)
Doylestown, Wisconsin, USA (more..)
1974
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MILW 173 (more..)
MILW 262 (more..)
Tom Farence (more..)
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This photo was taken by me 44 years ago just west of Doylestown,WI..I was the Engineer on the eastbound Thunderhawk stopped in emergency. The track conditions were getting to the point that to keep a train of autoracks and piggybacks together one would have had to use glue. Our operating department kept the track speeds up to compete with the other major carriers. I took three photos at this location and by the light we must have been there awhile but I sure don't remember what exactly happened. Back in those days we had no portable radios so when the head man left the cab you relied on fuse's or the Brakeman may go to a farm house call the Portage OPR. collect on the phone and pass signals that way. I remember one trip firing for Earl Sampson and having a hot box on a westbound freight in the sag just east of Doylestown about 40 cars deep back in the mid 1960's. Head Brakeman Freddy Bergles told Earl to watch for a fusee thrown into the air if he had to set it out at East Rio. I went back with Freddy carrying a can of oil and waste for the journal box. When we got back there Freddy figured we had to set it out cause the brass was gone. We put the fire out lubed it up real good cracked a fuse threw it up in the air from the roof of a box car and hung on for dear life as Earl proceeded to take us to East Rio at full speed. Now Freddy had no problem with riding the tops but it was my first time. As Freddy sat there on the roof walkway smoking his pipe I rapped myself around the grates and hung on with both arms as we flew through the countryside at about 60mph.. After we set out the errant car and got back to the head end I proceeded to vent my anger at the Engineer.....both Earl and Freddy just laughed at the kid.....
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