Dennis Storzek says:
"Not odd at all. The brakemen worked directly for the conductor, so if there were any problems, or time slips, he was going to hear about it.
He wanted to remember the engineer to make sure the BLE wasn't getting the engineer a better deal than the ORC was getting him :-) Also if any issues came up later about rules violations or train performance problems, he needed to know who was running. The fireman was out of his "sphere of influence", and was basically the engineer's problem."
Not bad. Fraley typically had 2 brakemen...usually Newman and Meyer. He only missed indicating the engineer on 2 of the 34 trains.