March - April 1976
Mil I KIIMAGAZINI
HOIO SWITCHES AND SIGNALS
U. S. Mail Contracts
The Milwaukee Road has been awarded long-term contracts to
March - April 1976 handle U. S. Mail both ways between Chicago-St. Paul, Chicago-
Vol. 65 No. 3 & 4 I'IhlWAUKEE Des Moines, Chicago-Louisville and St. Paul-Seattle. The con-
ROAD tracts with the U. S. Postal Service become effective on May 4
IN THIS ISSUE and are for four years. The mail will move piggyback in trailers
with The Milwaukee Motor Transportation Company providing
Veterans Retire . . . . ramping and de·ramping and some over-the-road services. Vol-
ume is expected to be about 1,500 trailers a week.
Locomotive Engineer Training Program . . . . . 2
Seniority Modification 4 Locomotives get work-out during the first quarter
Savings Bond Drive . 5 Between January 1 and March 31, diesels assigned to freight
Fire & F ire Prevention . 6 service travelled more than 10 million unit-miles (one locomo-
tive moving one mile). Of this total, nearly 8.4 million unit-
Freight Car Clearinghouse . 8
miles were logged by locomotives in road freight service. Yard
On Line and Upcoming . 10 sWitching accounted for over 1.3 million unit-miles, and train
sWitching added nearly 400,000 unit-miles to the grand total.
Retirements . 12
Appointments 13 Freight car program modified
About People 14
The 1976 pto'gra m origina IIy incl uded 150 bul khead flat cars
Jayne Van Grondelle, Assistant to Editor and 50 tri-Ievel cars for the transportation of automobiles. The
progra m has been changed to 100 bulkhead flats and 100 tri-
Staff : Wallace Abbey, Larry Barbeau, Tom Phillips,
The Milwaukee Road Magazine is published for active and The 100 bulkhead flat cars are due to be placed in service in
retired employees of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and July. The tri-Ievel automobile racks are scheduled for delivery
Pacific Railroad Company, to whom it is distributed free.
between mid-July and mid-September.
It is available to others at $1.00 per year. Address inquiries
to Corporate Communications Dept., 824 Union Station,
Chicago. Ill. 60606. Car fleet additions
Here is the Magazine's "field staff." If you have items Recent additions to the freight car fleet include 220 100-ton-
which you think might be interesting to readers and which capacity gondolas and 75 covered coil steel cars. Most of the
you want to bring to the attention of the editors, please
contact the nearest correspondent in the office indicated. gondola cars are in general service in the Chicago area; 25 are
moving coil steel from East Chicago long-haul to the West Coast.
Beloit . . . Kathy Klein (Agent)
The covered coil steel cars are serving three Midwest steel com-
Bensenville . , . Delores Barton (Su peri ntendent)
Chicago . . . Kitty Capoccia (Equipment Accounting)
Frani Field (Disbursement Accounting)
Pat Johnson (Engineering)
Dorothy Kentner (Superintendent of Safety)
Marion Kuniej (Capital Expenditure Accounting)
Judy Lamarca (Engineering)
Marilyn C. Stypa (Engineering)
Deer Lodge . Barbara Wales (Division Engineer)
Galewood. . Eleanor Mahoney (Freight Office)
Green Bay . . • Jerry Magnuson (Assistant Superintendent)
Madison Kathryn Skidmore (Roundhouse)
Marion Joanne Beeson (Trainmaster)
Photos by Dennis Owens
Milwaukee Jim Boeshaar (Superintendent)
Paul J. Everts (Muskego Caller)
Mrs. Anne Farence (Women's Club)
Sharon M, Fryjoff (District Material Manager!
Pat Hoye (Car Department)
Beverly Radtke (Superintendent Operating Rules)
June Stanlee (Regional Data Office)
Nancy Stark (Locomotive Department)
Portland . . Bee Biehler (Area Manager, Sales)
St. Paul . . Edna M. Bowers (Car Department)
Sioux City . . . Marie Franken (District Manager, Sales)
Spokane . . . Ethelyn Calavan (Assistant Superintendent)
Tacoma . Lynne Schow (Signals & Communications)
Wausau . . . Naomi A. Cline (Roundhouse)
Two veteran officers, whose com- President-Operations early this
bined service record totals nearly year.
a century, have retired from the
Milwaukee Road. In addition to his duties with the
Milwaukee Road, McGinn also
Francis G. (Gregg) McGinn, Senior served as a director of the St. Paul
Vice President-Operations, retired Union Depot Company; the
on April 30 ending a career of Minnesota Transfer Railway
nearly 46 years in the Operating Company; the Kansas City
Department where he held vir- Terminal Railway Company and
tually every supervisory position. the Minneapolis Eastern Railway
After almost a half century of Company. He was also a director
service, James T. Hayes, Assist- of the Milwaukee Motor Trans-
ant to the President, reti red on portation Company, the wholly
March 31. In retirement, how- owned trucking subsidiary of the
ever, Hayes will continue to serve Milwaukee Road.
the Milwaukee Road as a con-
sultant on various matters. McGinn has also been active in
many professional associations.
Both McGinn and Hayes came He is a past President of the
up through the ranks. During Western Railway Club; a mem-
their long and distinguished ber of the Operating-Transportation
careers each held a wide variety. General Committee of the
of Operating Department posi- Association of American Railroads
tions throughout the Milwaukee and a member of the Traffic Club
F. Gregg McGinn Road system. of Ch icago. He was also President
of the Milwaukee Road Veteran
A native of Farmington, Employees' Association.
Minnesota, McGinn attended
St. Thomas College and the Jim Hayes was born in Davenport,
University of Minnesota before Iowa and joined the railroad in
joining the Milwaukee Road in 1926 as a clerk in Minneapolis,
1930 as a Telegraph Operator. Minnesota. After serving as a
He served as a Dispatcher at LaCrosse Traveling Car Agent and a Train-
in 1943 and was appointed Assist- master, he held assignments as
ant Trainmaster at Austin, Secretary to the Assistant General
Minnesota in 1944. Between Manager, Chicago, and to the
1945 and 1949 McGinn was General Manager, Seattle.
Trainmaster at Austin; Terre Haute,
Indiana; and Portage, Wisconsin. He was appointed Transportation
He served as Assistant Superin- Inspector in Seattle in 1940, where,
tendent at Dubuque, Iowa in as a reserve officer in the U.S. Army,
1949; Savanna, Illinois in 1950; he entered active service in 1942.
and Perry, Iowa in 1952. He Following duty in Alaska, Africa
became Superintendent of the and Europe, he left the service
Iowa Division in 1953 and of the in 1945 as a Major in the Military
James T. Hayes Milwaukee Division in 1954. Railway Service and returned to
the Milwaukee Road as a Trainmaster
McGinn was named Assistant at Deer Lodge.
to Vice President-Operation in
Chicago in 1955. Later that year In 1950 he became Assistant
he became Assistant General Superintendent at Deer Lodge
Manager-Lines East. In 1957 and subsequently served as
he moved to the west end at Division Superintendent at Miles
Seattle as General Manager-Lines City in 1951; Butte in 1952;
West and returned later that year Savanna in 1954;and Perry in
to Chicago as Gen1Jral Manager- 1956.
Hayes was appointed Assistant
Veteran operating In 1958 McGinn was elected
Vice President-Operation and
to Vice President-Operation,
Chicago in 1960 and was named
officers retire ably filled this vital position
until elected Senior Vice
Assistant to the President in 1966.
Four young men, and one who is
not so young, were the first to
complete a training program for
the promotion of firemen to
engineers that was recently
inaugurated on the Milwaukee
The program is 26 weeks long and
;s a combination of extensive
The path from the classroom to the cab of a
3,000 h, p. diesel locomotive involves a lot of
on-the-job training and intensive
hard work. In Instruction Car K5002 System classroom instruction. It is
General Road Foreman-Engines Bill Cruickshank designed to centralize the loco-
(top left) discusses the characteristics of various motive engineer training process
locomotive types after which Greg Miller (top
right! and other members of the class are ex-
and replaces an instruction
amined on what they have learned. Ken Chase system that previously was
(above) studies operating rules during a break handled on the operating
in the training sessions, The end result of this division level.
work is well worth the effort. Don Shaw and
Ken Chase (middle left) are presented with
their certificates as qualified Locomotive En- Each of the five recent graduates
gineers by District Regional Road Foreman- has high praise for the program_
Engines A J. Cini and Rose Marie Bayer, Ad- "This is not a hit or miss
ministrative Assistant to the Director of Op-
erating Training Programs, and LeRoy Schnur
operation," says Greg Mi Iler, a
(bottom left) boards an SD40-2 unit on as- 21 year old fireman. "The pro-
signment as an Engineer working out. of the gram is run by people who know
Bensenville Yard. what they are talking about-·
they're all professionals." Bob
Crist, 24, has been with the
Milwaukee four years and both
his father and grandfather were
employees. "Dad told me about
the old way of training engineers.
This program is a lot quicker and
Photo by Bob Janin
At 55, Ken Chase is the oldest
of the group. He is no stranger
ew ands to the Milwaukee having first
hired-on during the twilight of
the steam era in the early 1950's.
e throttle: "As far as I'm concerned," he
says, "th is program is the best
thing the railroad has ever done."
Ten-year veteran Don Shaw and
Lo omotive e gineer training Fireman Lee Schnur, 28, second
The 26-week course is divided such su bjects as locomotive been actively involved in the
into six phases. The first is a mechanical, electric and air .. program since its inception and handles
one-week orientation held at the brake systems. Considerable many administrative duties.
division level, followed by ten classroom time is also devoted to Frank Upton and others in the
to twelve weeks of on-the-job the study of general and operating Mechanical Department have
instruction in the student's local rules and to safety procedures. been instrumental in developing and
seniority district. In the third presenting the program. Con-
phase, the students come to the Classroom sessions are held in a siderable assistance was also
Milwaukee Shops for two weeks recently remodeled Milwaukee- provided by Ray Kentner,
of classroom work and take their built passenger coach--now known Senior Labor Relations Officer.
machinery and air brake examina- as Instruction Car X-5002. The Kentner, with the cooperation and
tions. Following this phase the coach is a completely equipped support of engine service general
students return to their local classroom on wheels. It can chairmen, outlined many of the
seniority district for eight to seat twenty students and con· lessons used in the training pro·
ten additional weeks of on-the· tains complete audio-visual gram. These outlines were
job training. equipment, a blackboard and a subsequently fleshed out by
lecturn. Of particular importance Anderson, Upton and others. The
The fifth phase_of the tra ining to the training program is a diesel Personnel Department helped through
schedule is probably the most locomotive throttle stand which their Train the Trainer sessions
crucial, and certainly the most is located at one end of the that are designed to enable
anxious time for the students. classroom-coach. Although in- experienced Milwaukee Road
They r~turn to the Milwaukee active, the stand acts as a valuable employees to act as instructors
Shops for a one-week review of training device by allowing in various training programs.
everything they have learned prospective engineers to get the
to date. On the last day of review "feel" of the throttle. Anderson singles out four men for
they take a six-hour examination special praise: Bill Cruickshank,
on the Con sol idated Code of The conversion of the former System General Road Foreman·
Operating Rules. coach to a classroom was done Engines, Bob Winter, Superinten-
under the supervision of dent of Air Brakes, Homer Johnson,
Chad Anderson, Director of
Frank Upton, Assistant Vice Regional Road Foreman-Engines,
Operating Training Programs,
President-Mechanical, and other and Ed Abbott, Engineer Instructor.
points out that the training
members of the Mechanical Each of the four has instructed
program for the promotion of
Department. The X-5002 is fully during the classroom phases.
firemen to engineers is primarily.
operational and can be moved Anderson also praises the many
intended to meet the skill needs
anywhere on the system. In veteran locomotive engineers who
of the Mi.'waukee Road. He
addition to teaching facilities, act as instructors during on-the-job-
emphasizes the importance of
th e car has sleeping quarters and traini ng phases.
bringing students into the
program well in advance of any a kitchen.
projected vacancies or expansion Each member of the first class
in the locomotive engineer ranks. has his own reasons for wanting
In the final training stage the
Although completion of training to be a locomotive engineer.
students are qualified as engineers
does not automatically guara ntee None deny that they are attracted
by the Traveling Engineer in their
that a student will work as an by the wages and other benefits.
local seniority district.
~ I engineer, Anderson is hopefu I But their interest goes beyond
I that the students will be able to this. Perhaps Ken Chase sums
I put their newly learned skills In addition to the first class of five, it up for the entire group by
to use as soon after they finish thirty-five other students are saying, "as far as I'm concerned,
j the course as possible. presently in different phases of
this training. Future candidates
being an engineer is the best job
on this or any other railroad."
During on-the-job training phases, will be brought into the program
veteran locomotive engineers depending on the Milwaukee The· combi nation of this attitude
act as instructors and evaluate Road's need for new engineers. and the lessons learned in training
each student's performance. will help guarantee that the
Classroom sessions are used to The training program is the work Milwaukee Road's new engineers
reinforce what is learned in the of a lot of people. Rose Marie wi II be a mong the best in the
field and to intensively focus on Bayer, Anderson's assistant, has business.
All eligible employees must be notified
Seniority modification: of their rights to transfer within 30 days
after the April 5 effective date of the
agreements. L. W. Harrington, Vice
President-Labor Relations and Personnel,
Expanding opportunities for notes that the agreements cover about
1,200 Milwaukee Road employees.
minorities and females Complete information packets have already
been sent to paycheck destinations and
Three labor organi zations and the rai 1- The right to transfer under the agreements supervisors hand delivered the information
roads have joined in an effort to pro- is subject to several other important to employees. Delivery by certified
vide greater opportunities for minor- provisions. Some of them are: mail was used where hand delivery was
ity and female employees, 1) Eligible employees may make only impractical. Employees are required to
one successful transfer with carry- sign a receipt acknowledging delivery
The Brotherhood of Railway, Airline over seniority. of the information packets and the receipts
and Steamship Clerks, Freight Handlers, 2) Employees can only transfer to must be forwarded to the Labor Relations
Express and Station Employees (B RAC), jobs that are within 30 highway Department.
the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen, miles of their present job, or
and the Yardmasters of America have to positions in a seniority Eligible minority and female employees
signed a'greements with rai Iroads repre- district that overlaps their present must inform the Labor Relations Department
sented by the National Carrier's Con- district. of the jobs they are interested in transferring
ference Committee (NCCC) to allow 3) Transfers can only be made to . to within 180 days of this initial notification.
certain minority and female employees positions the railroad would have Those who fail to meet this requirement will
to transfer to unfilled positions with to fill by hiring a new employee. forfeit any rights they might have under
carry-over seniority. The agreements 4) Employees wishing to transfer the agreements.
became effective April 5. must be qualified for new positions
and they must meet all job
The agreements are complex. Rather prerequisites incl uding training Labor Relations personnel then have the
than focus on all of the details, this periods and periods of apprentice- obligation to inform employees when
article presents a general overview of ship and helper service. requested vacancies occur and employees
the provisions, intent and administra- have fifteen days in which to formally
tion of the agreements. For purposes apply for a transfer. Employees who
of si mplification, only the B RAC Employees covered by the agreements fail to make such an application will
agreement wi II be discussed--those can use their initial company seniority lose all carry-over seniority rights
signed by the Signalmen and Yard- date in competing with other eligible unless any of the following conditions
masters organizations are very similar. minority and female employees for exist:
transfers. Once a successful transfer 1) If the craft to which they seek
The BRAC agreement consists of two has been made, employees ca n use their transfer will not honor carry-over
separate, but basically identical parts: initial company seniority date in their seniority.
one covers minorities (Blacks, Spanish- new job if the craft to wh ich they trans- 2) If the craft from which they are
surnamed, American Indians, Orientals), fer recognizes carry-over seniority. moving will not allow a 90 day
and the other deals with female employ- Th is sen ior ity date wi II be used tor seniority retention.
ees (in some cases, a female employee bidding on future vacancies with in the 3) If the requested vacancy is more
would also have rights under the minor- new classification or draft, for force than 30 highway miles from their
ityagreement. reductions, vacations and other rights and present job.
The heart of the seniority modification
plan provides that eligible minority and Harrington emphasizes that transfers
female employees who have been con- under the agreements will be voluntary
tinuously employed by the Milwaukee The present agreements allow employees and that no employee shall be required
Road since on or before August 31, to retain seniority in their old craft for to change jobs. Minorities and females
1971, and who initially established sen- 90 days after transfer or for 90 days who do not wish to take advantage of
iority in certain job classifications, have after they satisfy any required the seniority modification agreements
the opportunity to transfer with carry- probationary or training periods, will not lose any rights or benefits
over seniority within their craft or be- whichever is longer, or for such longer to which they are entitled under ex-
tween crafts. The right to transfer with- period as may be provided by local isting employee protection or working
in a craft, however, is restri cted under agreements between the railroad and rules agreements.
the agreements to minorities or to the organizationrepresenting the craft
females who also qualify as a minority. from which they 'transferred. Employees If you have any questions about
who elect to return to their former craft eligibility under the agreements, or if
At the present time the right to trans- during the seniority retention period you think you are eligible and were not
fer between crafts with carry-over sen- are required to give up any seniority notified, please contact Gil Vernon in
iority is limited to the three organiza- established in the craft to which they the Labor Relations Department in
tions who are party to the agreements, transferred under the agreements. Chicago. Gil's extension is 141.
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Savings Bond drive starts May 10:
Declare your (financial) independence
in this . Bicentennial year
Everybody has something they want to save for. Added
income during retirement, a college fund for your
children, the down payment on a home or car, or perhaps
just a nest egg for a rainy day.
We don't always move as fast or do as much as we thought
we would in planning our savings, and, often before we
know it, the time when we could really use the money is
right on top of us. The nice thing about buying Bonds
is that you don't have to delay these plans until tomorrow.
You can start saving now. The Payroll Savings Plan is
automatic. You don't have to go to the bank or the
This year the U.S. Savings Bond Drive will be conducted savings and loan office to make a deposit.
systemwide between May 10 and June 4. Once again, the
goal will be to enroll at least one of every two employees Last year more than nine million Americans from more
not now enrolled in the Payroll Savings Plan, and to have than 40,000 companies were enmlled in Payroll Savings
at least one of every two employees who are now plans. If y6u are not already signed up, ask your co-
participating increase their monthly allotments. workers who are. They can tell you how convenient
and painless Payroll Savings are. They can also tell
you how quickly even a modest Bond allotment adds up.
In 1973 and 1974, the Milwaukee Road ranked first
Another nice thing about Payroll Savings is that you
among all U. S. railroads in employee participation, but
don't have to have a minimum of $50 or $100 to start.
we dropped to third place in 1975. Significantly,
You don't even have to sign up for a Bond a month.
however, although there are slightly fewer participants
You can start your savings plan for as little as five
in the Payroll Savings Plan at the start of this year's
dollars a month.
campaign then there were at the beginning of the 1975
drive, the combined value of their bond purchases is
Of course, the same advantages apply if you are already
6 per cent greater than the total value a year ago.
participating in Payroll Savings. By increasing your
allotment even a small amount, you can see your
savings grow faster.
Series E Bonds now earn a full 6 per cent interest when
held to maturity of only five years, and can be extended The chart shows how quickly that growth takes place.
for another ten years with the prevail ing -6 per cent
interest rate being the minimum guaranteed for the
extension period. This interest is exempt from state or
local income and personal property tax. While subject Here's How Your Money Grows In Series E Savings Bonds
to Federal tax, interest earned may be deferred until
the Bond is cashed or reaches it fi nal maturity.
Monthly Accumulated value * at end of;
1 year 3 years 5 years 15 years
Should a bond holder require emergency funds prior
to maturity date, the Bonds may be redeemed for fu II $ 6.25 $ 76 $ 239 $ 420 I
purchase price, plus accumulated interest, at any time 7.50 91 286 504 2,139
after two months from issue date. 12.50 151 477 840 3,548
18.75 228 719 I
25.00 304 957 1,686 7,123
37.50 456 1,438 2,532 10,699
Retention and not redemption, however, is really what
56.25 684 2,156 3,799 16,048
makes the Payroll Savings Plan worthwhile.
75.00 912 2,875 5,065 21,397
* Assuming an interest rate of 6% if held for 5 years and 6% per
annum compounded semiannually thereafter. (The interest rate
Establish your financial independence. Sign up in the on new issues of Savings Bonds is subject to continuous review
and may be increased or decreased in accordance with changes
automatic Payroll Savings Plan during the 1976 Savings
in economic and financial conditions.)
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Each year fires cost the Milwaukee Road thousands of dollars in damage to facilities, rolling stock and
cargoes. Some fires are the result of accidents, but an alarming number are set deliberately. Vandals
set the fires in the Milwaukee terminal area that badly damaged a wooden camp car and part of a cargo
of waste paper. Trespassers on railroad property caused the fire that totally destroyed a tool shanty in
Chicago. Equipment fires cause some fires; switch engine cab was gutted by an electrical fire.
Each year for the past ten years Actually, 1975 could have been
fires have cost the Milwaukee a banner year for fire prevention
Road an average of more than on the Milwaukee Road. As it
half a million dollars. was, there were 87 fire incidents
in 1975--40 less than in 1974.
But despite this decline, the mon-
Half a million times ten is $5 etary loss from fires last year was
million--enough even at today's nearly $300,000 more than the
high prices to buy 25 new SD40 1974 figure.
diesel locomotives; or more than
30 of the MP15AC switchers re- In 1975 fire damage to railroad
cently put in service; or 300 100- property, equipment and to car-
ton capacity jumbo covered hop- goes was nearly $700,OOO--or near-
per cars. ly $200,000 more than the aver-
age annual fire loss for the 1965-
Ten million dollars up in smoke.
Two incidents, however, accounted
for more than half of the 1975 loss.
Yet, even this total is not the
In early May the freight depot at
whole story. It represents only
Forest Glen, Illinois, burned at a
fire damage to railroad property
loss of nearly $79,000. Milwaukee
and equipment and to lading.
Road officials attributed the fire
to an act of vandalism.
Each year the Milwaukee Road
also pays out thousands of dol- A more serious fire occurred less
Up in smoke: lars in claims to individuals whose
property has been damaged by
railroad-caused fires. In 1975
than a month later when a blaze
caused by a derailment did exten-
sive damage to a Milwaukee Road
this sum was more than $55,000. bridge at Rubio, Iowa, and de-
ir s are Additionally, the railroad often
has to pay local fire departments
stroyed six freight cars and their
contents. Damage to the bridge
(mostly volunteer organizations was almost $128,000 and dam-
somet ing to in rural areas) that are called in
to help fight a fire. More than
age to the equipment was in ex-
cess of $75,000. The destroyed
get hot about! $30,000 was paid out last year
for this purpose.
cargo was valued at approximate-
Including these two incidents, started in a deliberate and premed- Can the number of fires be reduced?
the average loss from each of itated manner.
the 87 fi res in 1975 was $7,944. Mechanical devices such as hot
Primarily because of the fires at Including the destruction of the box detectors are of immense
Forest Glen and Rubio, this fig- Forest Glen depot, fires set by help. So too are the efforts of
ure is substantially higher than trespassers, vandals, or arsonists the railroad's Police and Fire Pre-
the $3,575 average loss per fire cost the Milwaukee Road more vention Department whose mem-
for the 1965-75 decade. than $150,000 in 1975. bers inspect all Milwaukee Road
facilities for fire safety twice a
Duri ng the past year 39 fires
Ten of last years fires were caused year. Department members also
damaged or destroyed rolling stock
by brake shoe sparks and eight by conduct more frequent inspections
and thei r cargoes. These incidents
sparks from locomotives. Respec- at some locations such as the Mil-
cost the Milwaukee Road nearly
tively these fires were responsible waukee Shops.
$380,000 and accounted for 55%
for $60,690 and $8,948 in damages.
of the total monetary loss from
But these amounts are considerably But machines and scheduled in-
fire in the year.
lower than those for 1974 when 19 spections can only do so much.
What are the major causes of fires fires set off by brake shoe sparks A major effort for fire preven-
on the Milwaukee Road? caused over $200,000 in damages tion rests with each employee.
and 34 fires resulting from locomo·
Unfortunately an examination
tive sparks added more than $33,000 Superintendent of Police and
of the record shows that all too
to the loss column. Fire Prevention A.W. Hass urges
often the principal causes are
every employee to practice fire
equipment failure, human error,
In 1975, as in previous years, fires prevention and fire safety every
and senseless acts of vandalism.
that began on property adjacent day of the year. He also calls on
The number of fires set by van- to the railroad's and then spread to employees to promtly report to
dals is especially alarming. Th irty Milwaukee Road facilities were a authorities any trespassers or sus-
fires that occurred last year were major problem. Ten such fires picious persons seen on or near
officially attributed to trespassers last year caused nearly $63,000 ra iIroad property.
on railroad property or to acts of in damages.
vandal-ism. Arson was given as the When it comes to fire prevention,
cause of a fire that did $230 in Other major fire causes in 1975 the advice long handed out by
damage to a bridge at Joliet, Illinois. were electrical failures in locomo- Smokey the Bear also applies
The description "arson" is only tives and buildings and overheated to everyone who works for the
used when there is sufficient evi· journal boxes-·"hot boxes" on Milwaukee Road--THE JOB IS
dence to indicate that the fire was freight cars. UP TO YOU.
Signalman Helper Scott LaShelle (fourth from left) was
using a spike maul when a rock struck and broke his safety
Crane Operator Paul Beal's glasses. Signal Foreman J. J. Pillard (third from right) and
eyesight was saved by his Signal Crew watch as Chip Hall, Signal Supervisor (second
safety sunglasses on Novem- from left) presents Scott with the membership in the Wise
ber 3. PaLiI was unloading Owl Club of America.
scrap rail from a flatcar
when a rail hit a board and
sent gravel flying. A large
piece of gravel struck Paul's
sunglasses causing three
deep pits in the lens, but
no injury to Paul's eyes.
R. A. McElderry was presented with a Wise Owl Award on On September 18, James
January 14 by District Manager Materials T. G. Nissen. Glenn, Trackman, was driv-
McElderry was doing a routine job of blocking material in ing a spike into a tie when
a box car when a spike he was driving broke and hit his the spike flew up and hit
safety glasses. McElderry feels the wearing of safety glasses the lens of his safety glasses.
saved his eyesight. Jim is nowa Wise Owl. 7
Freight car clearinghouse:
Milwaukee Road helps improve car utilization
For more than eighteen months The report documented that the back and forth among railroads.
three railroads have been taking freedom to hold cars unti I a load It strongly recommended that
part in a unique experiment that was available had generated a more efficient ways to utilize rail-
is still in progress. Known as the monthly average of 288 additional road equipment be found--a posi-
freight car "clearinghouse", the car loadings for the participating tion the railroads fully endorsed.
experiment is designed to reduce roads. This elimination of empty
the wasteful movement of empty car movement had resulted in a This challenge was quickly taken
freight cars--a practice that is not reduction 1,046,700 car/miles up by the Interstate Commerce
only wasteful in terms of equip- (one car being moved one mile). Commission and the AAR, and
ment utilization, but also in terms At the going mileage fee of four- especially by the AAR's Car Serv-
of energy consumption and the teen cents per car/mile, this trans- ice Division and the Committee
use of human resources. The lates into a savings of more tha n on Car Service, a permanent group
three participating railroads are $240,000 per year. within the AAR's Operations and
the Milwaukee Road, the Missouri Maintenance Department.
Pacific, and the S-outhern Railway. The ability to hold a car until a
load is available does, of course, The major roll of the ICC in setting
During the course of the experi- increase per diem charges. But up the clearinghouse project was to
ment the th ree carriers, known the report showed that these costs exempt for the duration of the pro-
as "club" railroads, have set a- were more than offset by the faet gram six common types of f'feight
side certain rules that placed re- that when a car does move it car- cars from Car Service Rules I and II,
strictions on the loading of a car ries revenue traffic instead of mov- and from certai n service orders. Rules
owned by a different railroad than ing empty back to its home line. I and II prescribe the method of mov-
the one that has the car on its line. ing freight cars, both loaded and emp-
When in effect, these rules often Despite these positive results, the ty. Cars included in the experiment
cause a car to be moved empty report indicated that the experi- were general service flatcars, box cars
back to its owner railroad. But ment had not been a total success. and gondolas.
whether a car moves back to its The full potential of the clearing-
owner line loaded or empty, the house idea had not been reached The Choice of the Milwaukee, MoPac
railroad that has it must pay a primarily because the three club and the Southen as the three club
daily use charge (per diem) and railroads had experienced a car sur- railroads was no coincidence. All
a mileage fee while the car is be- plus almost since the experiment connect with one another at several
ing held or returned to its home began in the fall of 1974. At this key terminals; each has frequent op-
rail road. ti me the national economy was portunities to exchange cars; and
already shaky and the railroads all of have fleets that carry similar
In a sense the guidelines for the were a mong the first to feel the kinds of commodities.
clearinghouse experiment are a pinch. All through 1975 many
compromise. Although the th ree commodities moved at reduced
railroads are not required to return levels, and this added to the car In practice the clearinghouse ex-
empty cars to their home line, each surplus. In such a situation the periment protects the car supply
of the three carriers sti II have to freedom to hold another line's of the three club railroads by bal-
pay a per diem and mileage fee when car meant little when each of the ancing car flows rather than by
holding or using each other's cars. club railroads were unable to find using car service rules and other
traffic for their own eq uipment. directives.
The clearinghouse idea has been
a success--with some reservations. The initial idea for the freight car
A report made to the Association clearinghouse developed from a Basically the balancing procedure
of American Railroads (AAR) report prepared by the National works like this: A club railroad
noted that ina two month period Committee on Productivity and earns a credit for each car in the
covered by the report the club Work Quality in the spring of 1974. clearinghouse pool which it loads
lines had experienced about a The report was high Iy critical of and terminates on one of the other
twenty per cent improvement existing rules that caused the shuf- two roads and for each empty pool
in car utilization. fling of many empty freight cars car it delivers to one of the other
club roads. A club road incurs a cient manner. For example: If knowledges the full potential of
debit if it terminates a club car-- the Milwaukee owes the MoPac the idea has yet to be tested, he
loaded or unloaded--which origi- two cars, and MoPac owes the thinks the clearinghouse is one of
nated on one of the other roads. Southern one car, and the South- the most imaginative and progres-
ern owes the Milwaukee two cars, sive steps taken by the railroad
Each week the net debits and cred- the settlement involving the five industry_ Beck's confidence is
its are balanced by car type. Of- cars would be accomplished by shared by officers of six railroads
ten the credits and debits will can- only moving one car--from the who recently indicated their com-
cel each other out. If the railroad Southern to the MoPac. panies would like to become in-
owes cars at the end of an account- volved in the experiment.
ing period, it must pay the creditor As already noted, per diem and
road or roads with club cars. How- mileage charges are still in effect The freight car clearinghouse pro-
ever, a creditor railroad may elect to during the experiment. But be- gram may not be the total answer
cancel such a debit if it already has cause of the suspension of car to the car utilization problem--
a surplus of a type of car owed to service rules the three club roads but it is a step in the right direc-
it. This option has been a common have a greater opportunity to tion. Bob Beck is especially proud
trend during the life of the experi- load cars and to earn revenues that the Milwaukee Road will con-
ment due to the car surplus among from their movement. tinue its leading role in helping
the three railroads. test this new idea.
General Superintendent of Trans-
Whenever car debits require the portation Bob Beck is a strong
movement of cars between club supporter of the clearinghouse
lines it is done in the most effi- experiment. Although he ac-
The Milwaukee Road has played a leading role in the ongoing freight car "clearinghouse" experiment that is designed to improve equipment utilization by reducing the
wasteful movement of empty cars. Here Milwaukee Road cars move over the "hump" toward the classification tracks at St. Paul.
On line and upcoming
Milwaukee Road Women's Club Chicago
Commemorative medallions available
For sale: In Chicago; near northwest six-
The Milwaukee Road Women's Club story Fullerton Avenue office building
has made a special purchase of located on an acre and a half. Built for
Milwaukee Road commemorative the Milwaukee Road in four stages: 6
medallions to sell at the price of $7 floors (125' x 53'), 1902; 6 floors (116'
each (including postage and handling). x 53'), 1908; 3 floors (91' 1 O'/," x 67'
6"), 1912; and 6 floors (157' 1 0%" x 67'
The medallions are cast in bronze and 6") plus 3 floors on 1912 addition, 1925.
carry a reproduction of the F -7 Hudson, Basement'is included under all areas.
Baltic Hiawatha locomotive on one side Unique feature is series of fire walls on
and the Milwaukee Road logo over road- the south end of the first floor which
bed ballast on the other. were erected to protect record storage.
All orders should be sent to: General
Governing Board, Milwaukee Road Special orders can be taken for this same
Women's Club, 5118 Foster Ave., medallion in nickel silver at $12.50, gold
Chicago, I L 60630, allowing 6-8 weeks plate at $20, and solid gold at $300 each.
for deli very. Send check or money The latter is subject to the market value
order --- no cash or stamps. of gold at time of order.
Safety Awards work-related injuries and illnesses giving
Honors to Montana Division, Mechanical them the best safety record a mong those
and Track Department Employees of all the railroad's operating divisions in
Superintendent of Safety George Barry
congratulates Montana Division (formerly Two additional safety awards were also
Rocky Mountain Division) employees for presented. Track Department employees
winning the 1975 President's Safety Trophy received an award of merit for having the
at a ceremony he,ld at Division headquarters best casualty ratio improvement during
in Deer Lodge, Montana. Seated left to 1975, and Mechanical Department forces
right are President Worthington L. Smith, received special recognition for their out·
Division Superintendent Gordon A. standing activities in developing depart-
Jonasson, former Division Superintendent mental safety programs. Vice President
Stanley O. Jones, and District Safety En- and Chief Engineer B. J. Worley accepted
gineer H. B. Johnson. the award on behalf of Track Department
employees and Assistant Vice President-
The event marked the second consecuti ve _ Mechanical F. A. Upton represented the
year and the fourth time in the past five Mechanical Department.
years that employees of the former Rocky
Mountain Division have won the safety The awards ceremony was highlighted by
trophy. Last year, the 1,000 men and a dinner and dance attended by 200 rail-
women on the Division worked a total of road officials, labor organization represent-
1,731,433 hours with only 107 reported atives, Division employees and their wives.
Marie Calmus, 74, of Spring Grove, Illinois
was recently honored as the 50,000th rider
to use the Milwaukee Road's special reduced
Commuter fare for senior citi zens. Miss
Calmus was presented with a bouquet of
flowers at Chicago Union Station by Stephen
Barry, Director of Passenger Services, left,
and James Burcham, Manager-Passenger
\ Services. The special fare went into effect
in December, 1974, and allows senior citizens
to ride one-way for $1.00 on non-rush hour
weekday trains and on all trains operating
on weekends and holidays.
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• BICENTENNIAL YEAR. THE MILWAUKEE ROAD SAVINGS
BOND CAMPAIGN BEGINS HAY 10. JOIN THROUGH -'-'
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New look on payday
Beginning with the issue of April 15, 1976,
the design of Milwaukee Road paydrafts
has been changed. The change is not rad-
New era for commuter operations The three-year contract between the Mil-
waukee Road and the RTA provides for a
ical and it was done primarily to get more
More than two years of planning and ne- fixed-price annual payment to the railroad
information to you and to improve the
gotiation were concluded on March 12 and for certain incentive payments. The
process of printing and mailing the drafts.
when Milwaukee Road Chairman William first year fixed payment is $4,650,000 and
J, Quinn and Milton Pikarsky, Chairman it is retroactive to July 1, 1975. Subsequent
The most important change is the addition
of a message space on the drafts. Treasurer of the Regional Transportation Authority yearly payments will reflect any higher oper-
C. L. Schiffer says the change was made, "in (RT A), signed a three-year purchase of ating costs due to inflation as measured by
order to get important and ti mely messages service contract covering the railroad's an agreed upon neutral index. Incentive
to all employees." The message space will commuter service operations in the Chi- payments will be for superior monthly on-
only be used to provide information, such as cago area. ti me performance and for increases in rider-
a notice of the start up of the annual savings ship during each year of the contract.
bond campaign, that is of interest to every- Under the contract the Milwaukee Road
one who works for the Milwaukee Road. will act as a supplier of public transporta-
tion services for Chicago area commuters The RTA has the authority to establish
in much the same manner as it operates fare and service levels. The Milwaukee
Another noticeable change is having the
paydraft itself on the right instead of the intercity passenger trains for Amtrak. will be reimbursed for expenses involved
left of the complete draft form. This was in responding to fare and/or service changes
The RTA was established by a referendum requested by the RTA.
done to facilitate quicker printing and
held in March, 1974, among voters in the
mailing of the drafts.
six county Chicago metropol itan area. As
Smiles were on full display when RTA Chairman organized, the agency has the responsibility At the contract signing ceremony Mr.
Milton Pikarsky, seated left, presented Milwaukee for coordinating public transportation serv-
Road Chairman William J. Quinn with a check
Pikarsky presented Chairman Quinn with
for $3,533,500 during the purchase of service con-
ices in this area. a check for $3,533,500 representing pur-
tract signing ceremony between the railroad and chase of service payments from July 1,
the RTA. Witnessing the event were some of the The Milwaukee Road was the first com- 1975 through March 31, 1976, and for
Milwaukee Road officials who played an impor- muter railroad to sign a purchase of serv- superior on-time performance from July 1,
tant role in the negotiations leading up to the can·
tract. Left to right are James W. Burcham, Man- ice contract with the RT A. The Burl ing- 1975, through the end of February, 1976.
ager of Passenger Services, Thomas H. Ploss, Gen· ton Northern and the Illinois Central Gulf
eral Attorney and Commerce Counsel, Stephen J. have signed similar agreements. In accepting the check Mr. Quinn said, "I
Barry, Director of Passenger Services and Paul S.
believe this contract insures that patrons
Patterson, Assistant Comptroller.
of the RTA who use the Milwaukee Road
will continue to receive the best possible
Stephen J. Barry, Director of Passenger
Services and N. R. P. C. Operations Officer
for the Milwaukee was named Contract
Services Manager and will act as the rail-
road's principal coordinator with RTA.
James W. Burcham, Manager of Passenger
Services, will serve as Acting Contract
PresentlY, the Milwaukee Road carries some
32,000 commuters daily on 81 trains serv-
ing communities to the west between Chi-
cago and Elgin, Illinois, and to the north·
west between Chicago and Fox Lake, Illinois.
The railroad also provides weekday service
between Chicago and Zenda and Walworth
Stanley Goscinski, Mail Clerk
Helen Strub, Board Clerk at in the Chicago Union Station
Tacoma Yard, retired after Mail Room, was honored at
34 years of service on Feb- a coffee hour when he retired
ruary 27. A coffee·and- on February 27.
cake hour was held in her
honor at the Tacoma Yard
RETIREMENTS . • •
George C. Aird ...Special Signal Maintainer ... McGregor, lowa ...4/25/75
A. Carmen Anderson ..... Roundhouse Foreman ..... Harlowton ..... 3/3/76
Peter Augustyniak ..... Carman Chicago 11/5/75
Emil J. Baka ..... Boilermaker Milwaukee 5/18/75
Donald R. Baxmann Diesel Foreman Bensenville 2/1/74
Conrad F. Berkowski Yard Conductor Milwaukee 2/1/76
William C. Brady Locomotive Engineer Tacoma 8/31/75
Alvin L. Carpenter Agent.. ... Mineral Point, Wis 1/30/76
George W. Hewitt, Clerk in Eugene P. Carroll Locomotive Engineer..... LaCrosse ..... 1/31/76
Conductor Elmer Manthey
the Freight Agent's office at James Crisci ..... Yardmaster .....Savanna ..... 1 /29/76
of LaCrosse retired on April
Sioux City, retired February James L. Doyle..... Car Repairman Jasonville, I nd..... 2/5/76
2 after 39 years of service. 28 after 40 years service. Stanley A. Goscinski Mail Clerk Chicago .....2/27/76
A luncheon was held in his Ida A. Gotti Clerk Chicago ..... 10/31/75
honor at the depot at which Ola P. Harris Statistician Perry ..... 3/12/76
time he was presented with George W. Hewitt Clerk Sioux City ..... 2/28/76
a wallet containing a mone- G. M. Hougham Laborer Perry ..... 3/14/76
tary gift. Ervin E. Jackson Conductor ..... Bellingham, Wash .....5/2/75
Vernon L. Johnson Assistant Roadmaster ..... LaCrosse .....5/5/72
Roy P. Jorgensen Regional Manager Seattle..... 1/31/76
Willard R. Kuehl. Welder ..... Milwaukee 5/5/75
Raymond Larsen Car Inspector .....Council Bluffs, lowa 2/9/76
M. M. Lauterborn B & B Foreman Bellevue, lowa 11 /11/76
Daniel J. Lemieux Stationary Engineer Deer Lodge 1/30/76
Charles G. Loechler Laborer Wabasha, Minnesota 1/1 0/75
Catherine L. Lowery Clerk Chicago ..... 2/29/76
H. H. Lunsman Conductor Spencer, lowa ..... 6/7/74
Electrician C. H. "Red" Dixon Doyle C. Lytle Section F oreman Storm Lake, Wis 12/31/76
synchronized the motor gen' Gabriel F. Menzia Section Laborer Roscoe, S. 0 2/27/76
Charles F. Merchant Yard Transfer Steger, Illinois 1/5/76
erator at the Tomah Shops
James E. Morris Conductor ..... Mobridge. S. 0 ...... 1/28/76
for the last time, on Octo- C. Frank Morrow Caller .....St. Paul. .... 2/26/76
ber 3 ending 22 years with Ricardo Navarro Track Laborer Davis Junction, Illinois..... 12/31/75
the Milwaukee Road. The Raymond V. Pixley Machinist.. Savanna 3/1 0/76
employees of the Frog Shop Elmer Raddemann Machinist Milwaukee 1/9/76
& Store Department pre- Donald W. Ream Signal Maintainer Roundup, Montana .....6/1 0/75
sented Red with a monetary Joseph G. Reilly B & B Carpenter Dubuque, lowa.....2/5/75
Machinist Helper Lyle R.
gift. In retirement Red plans Sam P. Riggio Check Clerk ..... Chicago ..... 1/30/76
Tollefson of Mitchell, S. D.,
to do a little more roller Robert K. Rodin Car Foreman ..... Minneapolis..... 2/29/76
was honored at a retirement
skating and some extensive Helen P. Strub Board Clerk ..... Tacoma .....2/29/76
party on January 31. A
traveling. Together with 20 Lyle R. Tollefson Machinist Helper ..... Mitchell, S. 0 ...... 1/31/76
gift consisting of a model
other Milwaukee Road em- Charles Tomlin Welder's Helper ..... Roundup ..... 5/23/75
covered wagon unit and
ployees, Red helped organize Edward J. Tracy Conductor-Brakeman ... Three Forks, Mont.... 2/24/76
model of Oiesel 543 mount-
and build the Gay 90 Roller Loyal F. Vess Telegraph Clerk Kent, Washington ..... 12/26/75
ed on a board and track,
Rink at Oakdale in 1966. Paul H. Volkman Switchman Chicago 2/2/76
with a name plate, was pre-
The roller rink is an extreme- Charles A. Volsted ,Secretary St. Paul. 5/8/75
sented to Lyle by his co-
ly popular recreation center
workers. Elvin Wilson ..... Assistant Manager, Pricing Seattle 1/30/76
in the Tomah area.
Edward Zimmerman ..... Car I nspector ..... Aberdeen 2/29/76
L. V. Anderson is appointed Vice Warren G. Hackett is appointed Sales Charles D. Nunley is appointed Superin-
President-Executive Department Representative, San Francisco, effec- tendent, MILW-KCS Joint Agency, Kan-
effective April 1. tive April 1. sas City, Missouri, effective March 1.
Dennis E. Athmann has been appoint-
Timothy M. Hansen has been appointed Robert A. Ohlsen has been promoted to
ed Sales Representative, Tacoma, ef-
Manager, Operations Planning, effective Trainmaster-I//inois Division, Bensen ville,
fective March 1.
April 16. effective April 1.
H. Russ Herth is appointed Manager- William F. Plattenberger is appointed to
Michael E. Beckert is promoted to the newly created position of General
Superintendent·lndiana Harbor Belt Marketing & Pricing, Seattle, effective
March 1. Manager-Operations Planning, Chicago,
Railroad, Hammond, Indiana, effec· effective March 16.
tive March 16.
Jack L. Hummel was appointed Train· T. F. Power is appointed Director-Corpor-
Theodore G. Bunning was appointed master-Washington Division, Spokane, ate Planning, Chicago, effective March 1.
Freight Service Inspector, Sioux Falls, effective March 16.
S.D., effective March 16. Tyrone D. Robinson has been appointed
Operations Planner, Chicago, effective
R. C. Creamer was promoted to F. J. Jarmoluk has been promoted to April 16.
Manager-Automotive Equipment, Supervisor Mechanical Maintenance,
Chicago, effective March 1. Chicago, effective April 12.
Kenneth J. Scheller is appointed Market-
ing Analyst, Chicago, effective April 1.
Paul F. Cruikshank, Jr. is elected to J. F. Johannes is appointed Manager of
the newly created position of Vice Material, Milwaukee, effective April 1.
President·Operations and Mainte· J. George Schmidt has been appointed
nance, effective May 15. to the newly created position of Senior
Gordon A. Jonasson is promoted to
Operations Planner, Chicago, effective
M. P. DeFranco was appointed Systems Deer Lodge, effective March 16.
Analyst, Chicago, effective March 16.
James A. Schwinkendorf is appointed
C. E. Jones is appointed Senior Manager
to the newly created position of Direc-
Ray N. Dosch is appointed District Marketing and Pricing-Lumber and Paper
tor-Operations Planning, Chicago, effec-
Manager-Sales, San Francisco, Cali- Products, Seattle, effective March 1.
tive March 16.
forma, effective April 1.
Donald J. Kinsfather has been promoted Leo R. Tesar. Jr, is appointed Freight
Harold O. Emel is appointed Manager- to Assistant Vice President-Maintenance, Service Inspector, Minneapolis, effec-
Marketing & Pricing, Seattle, effective Milwaukee Motor Transportation Co., tive March 16.
March 1. Chicago, effective March 1.
James L. Flowers was appointed Dis- March F. LaBahn has been appointed Ronald L. Tewell is appointed Super-
trict Manager-Sales, Greensboro, N.C., Assistant Manager, Operations Planning, intendent-Dakota Division, Aberdeen,
effective March 1. effective April 16. S.D., effective March 16.
Larry E. Long is appointed Assistant to E. F. Volkman has been appointed
M. Garelick is elected to the position President effective May 1. Special Assistant to Vice President-Corpor-
of Vice President-Operations, effective ate Services, Chicago, effective April 1.
Richard L. Martin is promoted to the
newly created position of Superinten- Mark H. Westerfield has been promoted
Vincent A. Greco was promoted to dent-Operations Control Center, Chi- to Trainmaster-Minnesota Division,
Manager of Pricing, Chemicals, Fuels, cago, effective March 16. LaCrosse, effective March 16.
and Metal Products effective March 1.
Walter L. Zahren is appointed Manager-
D. Gruszecki was promoted to System Gerald A. McCole was appointed Train- Marketing & Pricing-Chemicals, Fuels
Manager Equipment Utilization, Chicago, master-Iowa Division, Cedar Rapids, and Metal Products, Seattle, effective
effective March 16. Iowa, effective March 16. March 1.
Chief Yard Clerk R. K. Anderson Tacoma
(right) of Ottumwa, Iowa receives
his 25 year safety award pin from Field Engineer Richard Keller and his wife
W. J. Westmark, Assistant Super-
Diane have a new baby boy, Anthony
Richard, born on January 27. Anthony is
the couple's first child.
Ron Perrone, former member of Ta·
coma's Engineering staff, and his wife
Linda are the proud parents of a baby
boy, Ronnie, born on February 17.
Ron and Linda also have four girls.
Engineer Bill Lauder is proud of
his daughter, Carol, a high school
senior, for having been selected Jayne Kjellesvik of the Division Engi-
from a nationwide audition to par- neer's Office and her husband Ed va-
ticipate in the "America's Youth cationed in Mazatlan, Mexico in Feb-
in Concert" 7976. Carol and oth- ruary.
ers chosen for the Concert will
perform at the Bicentennial Ob- Terry Pelkola has been appointed Sig·
servance in Philadelphia on July 4
nal Inspector for the Washington Divi-
and then at Carneqie Hall in New
sion. He arrived at Tacoma on Janu-
York City prior to the month-long
European Tour with concerts in
ary 19. Terry and his wife Nancy have
London, Paris, Geneva, Innsbruck, a daughter Christine who is 3 years old.
Venice, Florence and Rome. The Pelkolas come to Tacoma from
Wisconsin':where Terry was a Signal
Inspector at Waukesha.
John Clark has been appointed Manager,
Equipment Utilization-Western Region,
with headquarters at Tacoma. John
was formerly Assistant to the Superin-
Bob Burns has been promoted Assis·
tant to the Superintendent, Washing·
ton Division, with headquarters at
Chris Wemmer recently gave birth to
The Milwaukee Traffic Bowling League won the An-
a baby girl, Lorie. Chris is the Chief
nual Bowling Championship against the Milwaukee
Transportation Bowling Club on January 77 at the
PICL Clerk at Tacoma Yard where
Bowlera Red Carpet Lane in Milwaukee. Dick Bax- she has six years of service with the
ter, President of the Milwaukee Transportation Bowl- Milwaukee Road.
ing Club, (left) presents the traphy to Bill Bickley, -
President of Milwaukee Traffic Bowling Club. Assistant Division Engineer Bob Butler's
28-year·old brother James died recently.
Retired Signal Maintainer Fred Ander"
son died on January 30 at Ellensburg,
Washington. He was 83 years old.
Assistant Superintendent James J. Schwantes is
shown in his office at Milwaukee on February 6,
Robert Barrie, Freight Agent at Othello,
his last day with the Milwaukee. Mr. Schwantes was killed in an automobile accident at
accepted a position in Washington with the Fed· Moses Lake on January 31. He was 59
eral Railroad Administration. He has been with years old and had been employed by
the railroad since February 7947. the Milwaukee for 25 years.
Bonnie Kay Petersen was married to
Timothy Potts on February 6. She
is the daughter of Don Petersen, Chief
Frank and Meredith Tram are enjoying a beautiful Dispatcher, Tacoma.
January afternoon on their patio at 206 Dunkin
Circle, Harlingen, Texas. Frank retired on a dis-
Alan Fettig, Switchman at Everett
ability after almost 37 years of service in the
Freight Traffic Department. The couple moved
bowled a 700 series on February 23.
to the Lower Rio Grande Valley the latter part He started slowly with a 185 game,
of 7973. Do they miss the ice and snow? NO! but came back with a 269 and a 246.
We were saddened by the death of Material Division employees will re- Milwaukee
Harold Fuller, retired Tacoma Time member Louie Muir who died in Mad-
Revisor, on March 3. His widow Fran· ison. recently. Morry Running, retired Switchman,
ces and daughter Virginia are both em- Milwaukee Terminals, writes from
ployed at the Tacoma Freight House. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Clar- WA Keya No.9, Two Harbors, Min-
ence Knoblauch on their 50th wedding nesota 55616 of the death of his wife
Glenn P. Hall, retired Roadmaster of anniversary. Clarence is a retired Pipe- Lennea, age 66 on December 20.
the Coast Division, died in April 1976: fitter and Mrs. Knoblauch is active in
the Milwaukee Women's Club. They Ivy Bolton, Supervisor Clerk, IVlilwau-
also became great grandparents recently. kee Depot, has left the railroad for
a well deserved rest. Ivy's last day
Miles City Lewis Hedges, River Division Engineer, was February 6 and a party was held
died after a short illness. His 32nd an- for her on February 18 at the home
Harold J. Campbell, 94, died in Spo- niversary with the company was four of Beverly Radtke. Ivy was present-
kane on March 8. He retired from the days before he died. ed with a monetary gift at the party.
Milwaukee at Miles City in 1946.
Best wishes to Bill Dacko who retired Sympathy was extended to the family
Retired Conductor George Baumgart- of E.T. Nowicki, retired Assistant
as a Carman on the St. Paul Repair
ner, 82, died in Spokane recently. Chief Clerk, Agent's Office, Milwau-
He was formerly from Lewistown. kee Depot, who died April 2. Mr.
Bob Rodin retired from his position Nowick i had retired from railroad
Roy Volkman wrapped up a railroad service on August 15, 1975 with 49
career that spanned nearly three dec- as a Car Foreman in Minneapolis. Bob
and his wife will continue to make years of service.
ades when he worked h is last day
April 6as Agent-Operator in Terry, their home in Minneapolis and at their
lake home at Cass Lake. Christopher Levandoski, Yard Engi-
Montana. neer, and his wife Kathy announce
the birth of their first baby, Christo-
pher An-drew on February 7. Proud
Grandpa is Joe Levandoski, Switch-
Marion man and new Uncle is Alexander
Engineer and Mrs. Robert Byrum of Green Bay
Ottumwa are the parents of a daugh- Janice Denney, daughter of District
ter born February 16. Retired Engineer Carl W. Sommers, Manager-Sales M.G. Denney, entered
80, died November 7. Survivors in- the Missouri Bicentennial Contest
Russell Hotz and Sheri Scheiber were clude his widow Helen, daughter, th rough her 6th grade class at Ross
recently married at Sioux Rapids, sister, three brothers and five grand- Avenue School and won not only the
Iowa. Russell has worked summers children. School Contest but also the School
on the Iowa Division as Section La- District Contest with her poem" A
borer and Weed Mower Operator and Theodore T. Peterson, 63, died No- Bicentennial Conversation with our
is now attending Southeast Missouri vember 27 following a long illness. Forefathers."
State University. Mr. Peterson was employed on the
old Superior Division as a Brakema n
Ethel Henecke, wife of Cedar Rapids for nearly 20 years unti I he reti red
Section Laborer Lester Henecke, died due to ill health. Milwaukee Women's Club
recently following a long illness.
Carl T. Castelic, 26, Switchman at Mrs. Clara Clark recently visited
Baggageman George Keene of Perry Green Bay was killed in a two-car her daughter in Long Beach, Cali-
was presented a gift by Clerk Pete accident November 29. Survivors fornia, her son at Scottsdale, Ari-
Guinn on behalf of his fellow em- include his widow Kathleen, son and zona and Las Vegas for a little fun.
poyees at an office party held in daughter. She also visited with two members
George's honor. George retired Oc- in Arizona: Marie Hauser in Tuc-
tober 31 after 23 years of service. Belated congratulations to the fol- son and Marie Shannon in Phoenix.
lowing: Mr. and Mrs. Allyn Dunlap,
Operator at Channing on the birth of Mrs. Florence Weaver had cataract
a daughter Tammy Lynn, born Oc- surgery on April 17. Mrs. Clara
Twin Cities tober 15, 1975; Edward G. Dury, Smith is recovering from a broken
Switchman and his wife Margaret on shoulder and arm.
Retired Roadmaster Leo C. Blanchard
the birth of Scott Russell born Oc-
and retired Engineer Chief Clerk Em- Mrs. Louis (Mary) Klubertanz and
tober 19; Lieutenant of Police Doug
ery Roland have started meetings in Mrs. Urban (Eleanor) Petrie died
Clark and his wife Virginia on the
the Twin Cities area for all Milwaukee in March.
birth of Allison November 6; and
Road retirees to maintain friendships Rod Williams, Yard Clerk and his
built up over the years of working to- wife Katie on the birth of their first, Travelers include Mr. and Mrs.
gether. Retirees and their spouses Robyn Ann, born November 15. Charles Rintelman on an extended
have shown a great deal of interest and trip through the South; Mrs. Leona
the meetings are well attended. Reuter visited Florida; Mrs. Lillie
Albert J. Bukowski, Crossing Flagman Blanck went to Las Vegas; Mr. and
Congratulations to Twin Cities Loco- at Green Bay retired December 1 after Mrs. Arthur Hoffmann to the Grand
motive Department employees Greg 46 years of dedicated service. Have Ole Opry and Mrs. Sylvia Ballard
Burris, Bob Portz and Pat VanSlyke a long, happy and healthy retirement visited Member Anne Kiltie who
on the arrival of sons. Albert! resides in Oldsmar, Florida.
Wausau Savanna Credit Union Milwaukee Motor Transportation
Hal Hintze, son of Chief Clerk and The 41st annual meeting of the Savanna Mr. Arthur G. Landerholm, Assistant
Mrs. Herbert Hintze, received a scho- Credit Union was held on January 29. Terminal Manager, at the Chicago In-
larship from Luther College to attend The dinner was attended by 309 mem- termodal Park, retired December 24.
a summer school course in computer bers and guests of the Credit Union. Mr. Landerholm was honored Decem-
structures. He is a freshman at Wau- ber 20 by his fellow employees and
sau East High School. The Savanna Credit Union, formerly friends at a retirement party.
named the CMStP&P Ry. (1I1-Div)
Credit Union, was organized in 1935
Congratulations to Assistant Fore- and has continued to serve Milwauk8e
man and Mrs. Kenneth Wilcox who Road employees since that ti me.
have a new grandaughter and Conduc-
tor and Mrs. Carl Akey on a new At the business meeting following the
dinner, officers and committee chair- Chicago
men reported on the progress and a c-
Sympathy was extended to Ch ief Clerk
tivities of the Credit Union during
Sympathy was extended to the fami· 1975. Several important items report- John J. Werden and family on the
lies of two of our real old timers. Ot- ed by the President were: the Cred it death of his wife Willeen.
to Zander, 99, retired Wausau Carman Union's participation in the NCUA
died on February 10. Mr. Zander re- Insurance Program thereby insuring Some of you remember Aileen Hurley
tired in 1943 with 30 years of service. each account up to $40,000; the pay- who used to be in the Public Relations
Louis Wilcox 91, died March 11 in a ment of semi-annual dividends of 6%; Department. Aileen has been quite ill
Wausau hospital. Mr. Wilcox was as- and the offering of variable dividend since December having spent most of
sisting in the preparation of a book on rates up to 7%% for 4 year deposits. that time in the hospital. Dorothy Kent-
the history of the Wisconsin Valley Elected as directors for 1976 were ner tal ked with her recently and Aileen
Division at the time of his death. Gerald Griswold, Signal and Road- wanted to be remember to her friends.
master's Clerk; Sam Crisci, Round- Miss Aileen.Hurley, 190 Kerr Street,
house Crew Caller; John Brodbeck, Oakville, Ontario, Canada L6K 3A9
Yardmaster; Jack Rielly, Iowa Divi-
Kenosha sion Engineer; James Wilbur, Car
Foreman; Spiros Thomas, Assistant Dorothy also talked with Loretta Hip-
Northern Division Conductor A.B. sley West, retired Safety Department
Section Foreman; James Karr, Re-
Herman died April 10 at the age of worker, who has been ill since"l\Jovem-
lay Operator; Louis Cerveny and
59. William Watson, Milwaukee Ter· ber. Loretta had the fl u and it set her
Robert J. Miller, Iowa Division Con-
minal Engineer died April 18 at the back so much that she still hasn't fully
ductors; and Albert Klein, Credit
age of 59. Union Manager and former Signal recuperated. Her address: Mrs. Loretta
West, 3014 Southeast 17th Place, Cape
George Morgan, Madison Conductor, Coral, Florida 33904.
and Elmer Manthey, LaCrosse East The Credit Union with offices located
End Conductor retired in the early in a railroad coach purchased from
part of April. Henry Windward, Mil- the Milwaukee Road increased its as- Jay Doyle, Carman Cutter at Latta, In-
waukee Terminal Yard Crew Caller, sets by 36% during 1975 to a year- diana, retired February 5 after nearly
retired January 17. end total of $1,725,146.43. 34 years with the Milwaukee Road.
Ed Kowalczyk makes a poif)t during the Management /I session.
Bob Sellar,ds, seated background, shared teaching duties that
focused on management stvle and techniquf!'
A matter of style
For three days recently at Chicago Un- signed to reinforce and improve the The atmosphere was relaxed but the
ion Station, twenty-one Milwaukee managerial skills of the Milwaukee dialogue between the instructors and
Road managers went through a heavy Road supervisors. the class was serious. After three days
mental work out. As participants in of what all agreed was hard work, the
the pilot session of Management II-- Bob Sellards, Assistant Director-Edu- members of the class came away with
more formally known as Advanced cation and Training, and Ed Kowalczyk, a better awareness of their strengths
Management and Supervisory Skills-- a management consultant, handled the and weaknesses as managers and with
the members of the group were asked instruction using a combination of lec- an understanding of how to improve
to take a close, hard look at themselves, tures, films, discussion groups---and a their managerial style.
and especially at their role and effective- lot of persuasion. Role playing in which
ness as managers. class members "acted out" certain man-
agement styles was used to illustrate many In the near future Management II
Management II is an extension of the points. Major topics for discussion were will be offered again at Union Station
Management I course that has been management styles, motivation, communi- and at various points throughout the
offered for several years and it is de- cation and theories of management. Milwaukee system.
MORE SWITCHES AND SIGNALS
Major grain tariff expanded All the way from West Germany
In recent action, an important tariff originally offered for the Agent Bob Coleman and
movement of export grain has been expanded to include the Milwaukee Motor Terminal
transportation of grain for domestic use to 1'4 terminals served Manager Jamie Ramey were
by the Milwaukee. Destinations for this traffic incl ude Chicago, on hand to inspect a load of
Milwaukee, Minneapolis and various interior barge-loading facil- tractors manufactured in
ities in Iowa and Minnesota. West Germany as they arrived
on a Milwaukee Road train at
The basic tariff was offered several years ago. It allows shippers
Davenport, Iowa. This is a
of export grain to make five consecutive movements in blocks
regular movement; tractors
of 25 or 50 cars to anyone or a combination of Great Lakes and
are un loaded at Nahant Yard
Gulf ports. The tariff was later expanded to include export traf-
for final distribution.
fic to Pacific North Coast ports.
The provision of five consecutive movements also applies to ship-
ments of grain for domestic use now included in the tariff.
FOR YOUR INFO
Operating and Labor Relations personnel are presently revis- March is supposed to come in like a lion and go out like a lamb.
ing the manual, Instructions To Conductors, which governs But not this year in Montana. Photo taken ort March 31,
the collection and handling of transportation and passengers shows the front door of Milwaukee Road Section Foreman's
in both Amtrak and Chicago-area suburban commuter service. house at Eas't Portal, Montana~ Any volunteers for his job?
A unique feature of this work is that a committee of suburban
service conductors has been aiding management in reviewing
and making suggestions on the proposed revision. Union input
is provided by one conductor who is president of a UTU local.
If you are a member of a union, you can add over $5,000 to your
annual wages because that is the value of the fringe benefits you
receive that are paid for entirely by the Milwaukee Road.
As of January 1, the average monthly fringe benefit package for
Milwaukee Road union employees was $482.93 --- and that comes
out to $5,795.13 a year. Furthermore, this total compares very
favorably with the average benefit package for typical non-railroad
union employees who receive approximately $282 in benefits per
month, or $3,384 a year.
Members of the Veteran Employes' Association of The Milwau-
kee Road are reminded that their 1976 dues were payable as of
January 1,1976 as indicated on the reverse side of the 1975
Early in the afternoon of March 12, a tornado touched down at Those members who have had their 1976 dues deducted from
the east end of the Bensenviile Yard. Although the twister quick- their paychecks are also reminded to inform the Secretary of
ly passed on, it left overturned rolling stock and collapsed struc- any change of address. Many of the 1976 membership cards
tures in its wake (above). Fortunately there were no injuries: have been returned to the Secretary undel ivered beca use of an
crew in truck cab scrambled to safety only seconds before winds old address. Please send address change to W. B. Braheny,
overturned box car that crushed truck's hood. Secretary, 848 Union Station, Chicago, Illinois 60606.
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Need a lift? Assistant Vice President-Mechanical Frank
A. Upton and George L. Wood, Assistant to Chief Mechanical
Officer (center and right) take delivery of a new Model RC·75
wrecking crane from Guion Krupp, Sales Manager for the
Ernest Holmes Division of Dover Corporation, builder of the
The RC-75 is the largest crane built by Ernest Holmes
and is cap;lble of lifting 150,000 pounds. Special de-
sign features include a four-man tilt cab on the carrier,
tandem fr.ont and rear axles and a 25-foot crane boom
that revolves a full 360 degrj:les. The new crane can be
operated both on and off t;~cks and therefore can ap-
proach derailments and other line and yard jobs from
almost any angle and direction.