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Best Seat In The House

A New Haven engineer hams it up for this photographer at one of the stops of a steam excursion on the New Haven sponsored by F Nelson Blount. The 127 may have been Nelson's toy, and he was a qualified engineer, but you needed a full-time railroad man who knew the route and could operate the engine. This man, wearing the old school hat and jumper (I wish I knew his name) no doubt had the seniority to bid for the job as well as the old skills as a steam man. I think he was on a number of RRE enthusiasts excursions on obscure old New Haven trackage because he was probably qualified for most of the road.

Photographed by Ron DeFilippo, May 13, 1967.
Added to the photo archive by Ron DeFilippo, November 27, 2019.
Railroad: New Haven.

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