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The New Haven Railroad goes to
These photos are from the New Haven
Railroad's "Along the Line" Magazine, "published by and for the employees of
the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Co."
When I hired out on the railroad in 1980, there were
still a lot of World War 2 Vets working throughout the system. Not
surprisingly, very few of these brave Men and Women spoke about their
One thing is for sure, they were in fact the great railroad men and
railroad women of the greatest generation.
Years after he retired, we found out Boston Locomotive
Engineer Eddie "Cheesecake" Watson was a highly decorated B17 pilot, flying
daring and successful missions throughout WW2.
Conductor George Goss, seen below right (photo 21), was
a Navy Seaman stationed on merchant ships protecting their crews and cargo
from enemy attacks.
And how about the New Haven Railroad's own railroad
battalion? The 749th Railway Operating Battalion.
The New Haven Railroad's 749th Operating Battalion. Lt. Col.
Harry F. Donnelly in command. Lt. Col. Donnelly received the Bronze Star
Citation for meritorious achievement in Luzon, Philippines. "Donnelly and his
Battalion of railroaders worked tirelessly on surveys and planning in spite of
washouts, enemy action, failure of antiquated equipment, lack of signal systems,
damaged track and lack of personnel."
New Haven Dining Car Steward Eddie Hale, in the
I bet he's thinking dealing with the enemy may be at times a bit more
pleasant than being hassled by New Haven dining car crews and passengers.
New Haven Conductor George "Georgie" Goss, here at sea
during the great war. George was a class act and a true gentleman.
Readville Shops Boiler Maker Helper and now T/5 George
W. Buckley in the Phillipines.
Private First Class and Boston Brakeman William "Billy"
A typical First Street Yard fella.
RAILROADS AT WAR!!!
Broadcast from New Haven, Connecticut.
September 21, 1942.
"VOX POP" radio show host Parks Johnson, wearing a New Haven Conductor's
hat, interviews New Haven Railroad
Locomotive Engineer Duke Savory.