Having just been hired to work as a switchman in the Omaha yards, I worked the midnight shift, extra board. I remember how cold the winter nights were after a deep snow hit -- walking down the tracks, knee deep in snow, writing down the boxcar numbers so the clerk could tell us which track to switch them into. My, how things have changed!
My father was an engineer in the yards at that time, and my two brothers also were switchmen for a short time in the same yard. I remember one night shift, my father, my two brothers and I were on the same crew. Believe me when I say that we got the job done and kept the cars on the rail!
One last thing. In the years that I worked at Union Pacific, all the fellow co-workers I knew, we were a UP family. I always got along with the crew, we knew we had a job to do, and I knew in those days that we did our job well.
Fond memories? Yes!!