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RE: (erielack) Tutti Frutti Oh Rudy, Erie Style



FYI,  Granton Jct was closed....burned out or whatever...........When I 
fired the Northern trainis in 1961-62, it was pointed out to me as the 
pllace where the Susquehanna trains diverted to their own tracks.

Walt Smith


>From: "JG at graytrainpix" <graytrainpix_@_hotmail.com>
>Reply-To: "EL Mail List" <erielack_@_lists.Railfan.net>
>To: erielack_@_lists.railfan.net, martinpl3@earthlink.net
>Subject: (erielack) Tutti Frutti Oh Rudy, Erie Style
>Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2007 21:02:08 -0500
>
>Philip,
>
>I do remember Norman Reddy.  He was a big fellow; supposedly his nickname 
>down at the dispatchers office was “high and wide”.  You’re right, he was a 
>bit excitable, although he wasn’t a bad guy after you got used to him.  I 
>remember working an afternoon trick at DB with Norm at the East End desk, 
>and he was asking me about a track foreman.  I told him that I had just 
>seen the guy driving away from the plant.  Then about 5 minutes later, it 
>turned out that I got it wrong and the foreman was still around.  So I told 
>Norman that he was back, and he said “oh good, the second coming of Joe 
>Ribando”.
>
>I heard that Norman was one of the first wave of DL&W men who started 
>qualifying on the Erie side soon after the merger.  Supposedly he was 
>working at NX Drawbridge (Newark Branch) when it had a fire.  Sidebar, 
>there was also a fire at WR West Arlington Tower sometime in the 1960s 
>(Norman wasn’t there).  I believe that Granton Avenue Tower on the Northern 
>Branch also had a fire; I’m unsure if it was still open at the merger.
>
>As to Bookie, he went to Power Control in Cleveland a few years before I 
>started.
>
>One correction from my note about Rudy Appeld: the timetable list I 
>referred to was for Assistant Chief Train Dispatchers, not Assistant 
>Trainmasters.
>
>And while I’m ‘fessing up to my senior moments, Bob Bahrs pointed out that 
>I am guilty of what I accused some of the ex-Erie dispatcher guys of doing, 
>i.e. requiring mindreading.  OK, I sometimes forget to sign my notes to the 
>list.  So in the interest of full disclosure, I am . . . .
>
>James Gerofsky
>a.k.a. Jim G.
>a.k.a. JG at graytrainpix
>graytrainpix being my railroad web site, which is:
>www.geocities.com/graytrainpix
>
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