1944 Employee Timetable
It's 1944 and World War II is raging with increased traffic on rail lines everywhere and the Big Four is no different. The calm of the TimeTable belies the reduced manpower of the New York Central and the increased hurry of transporting material and goods. The railroads did not let themselves be declared a critical industry and that changed their ability to get steel and other normal supplies with the draft reducing their manpower.
Maurice Lewman furnished me with copies of three pages from a New York Central 1944 TimeTable. As you read them, remember that this was war time and men and machines were in short supply. Also, note that these TimeTable pages run from CX just a little way from Elkhart to North Vernon.
From North Vernon South to Louisville, the Big Four used B&O track and CX to Elkhart was covered on the Chicago-Cleveland line.
Maurice worked the Michigan Division from 1947-1981. He then worked on the Bee Line from 1981-1992. From 1947 until august 1950, he worked on the section at Shirley and Markleville. In 1950 he started firing on steam and then on through the diesels. Maurice said, "I had the pleasure of working with C. C. Staley and Ron Buser many times."