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Mr. Conductor

 

September 18, 2019

Today let me look back to my job on the mountain for the inspiration for this column. In the old days a passenger train had several conductors. The one that was in the Pullman Sleeping Cars served only those passengers. He manned his equipment, which, even on the Santa Fe might be only one or two cars, with maybe twenty passengers.

The passengers were mainly easterners, taking their first trip into the west. The experience raised their curiosity. The conductor served as an "Answer Man". The temperament of these men was of primary importance. On a trip one might field some pretty unusual que...



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