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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
For the Ladies, Rail Fans etc. by tucsonmike on 24 April 2007 5:51am
The railroad museum was sponsoring one of the films in the Arizona Film Festival this week. One of the attendees is someone I have been trying to meet the entire two years I have been volunteering at the museum.

The young ladies here will enjoy this. Juliette was a locomotive engineer for 23 years. I got to ask her questions about what is was like. The movie was about hoboes. I asked how she dealt with them riding in the boxcars. She said only once when she felt threatened did she call the railroad police (known as bulls in American slang). She then majored in Creative Writing at the U of A.

Since Mr. P likes trains, if he reads this down the road, he would enjoy it.
For the ladies Juliette said she would answer questions from anyone interested it what it was like to be a female locomotive engineer.

My turn to ask a question. In your various countries, do you have the "lore of the rails" Americans have?
Re: For the Ladies, Rail Fans etc. by Palin_Lover on 25 April 2007 2:33am
Wow, how interesting! :D
Re: For the Ladies, Rail Fans etc. by tucsonmike on 25 April 2007 3:53am
Oh yes, Juliette is interesting, no other way to put it.

Ironically, most railroad people do not want their kids to go into it. Juliettes father was a Southern Pacific locomotive engineer. Both she and her brother became engineers and he was appauled.

Railroads do not to hire train fans (known as foamers in North American railworkers slang). They make the big bucks they make for a reason. It is a hard job, strange hours, less dangerous than in the past, but there is some danger. Juliette told me all through the movie, she would look at the locomotive and think "I should be in the cab!" It never leaves you. Retired railroad workers tend to hang out together. There must be some psychologist out there who has studied why it is such a thrill.

One of my future birthday presents is a trip to a rail museum in Perris, California, where I will be able to run a locomotive on a short line.

I don't know about other countries. I am accustomed to the sight of a mile long freight train filled with containers from the port of Long Beach going through here.

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