Flashback Friday – While we wait for news on the Silver View let’s go back to the era when she roamed the rails. It’s June of 1963, the crew of the Oregon way freight has worked its way from EOLA (Aurora) to Oregon. At this time the train used a passenger car on the rear of the train instead of a caboose. Tickets were sold as if it was a normal passenger train. You could ride the train and pretty much get on or off any station along the route. By 1963 often there was only one or two passengers on the train. Here is a photo of the crew and locomotive sitting west of the Oregon depot near the Rte. 2 highway bridge. The crew members are unknown except for the gentleman on the far right, he is identified as conductor “Hummy” Humiston.
The photo was taken by Chuck Zeiler, photo credit to him.