Re: 5 Man Crew.

Tony Thompson

Gordon Spalty wrote:


The time period we are talking about... steam era... a five man crew... yes/no? Where does the head end brakeman ride? Cab of the engine? Caboose with a long walk to the front end.. ?

    Depended on the job if you had a head-end brakie or not. But he was called that because he rode the engine. Many steam cabs had a pull-down seat behind the fireman for his use. And that was the bottom of the crew totem pole, so to speak -- all the dirtier or less fun jobs would go to him.

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