Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Raymond Reed: The man behind the train whistle

At 90 years old, Raymond Reed of Chatham is a living piece of railroad history. He holds the informal title of the last living motorman to work for the Illinois Terminal Railroad. A motorman is to an electric train what an engineer is to a diesel-powered train. Basically, he was the driver.
“I loved running them boogers,” said Reed, “liked to get on there and make ’em go.” Continued

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