As we started down the hill at 40 per we came around a curve and I could see these limbs across the track. I said to the fireman and brakeman that I was going to get on the floor because we didn't have any idea how big these limbs were. With everybody down we hit the limbs at about 35 mph and it sounded like hundreds of fire crackers going off but there wasn't any damage, and we just kept going. There were some limbs across the track on the south side, but we were going slower.
We were lucky because there were some large tree limbs that could have done some bad damage. I guess it is where you are standing or riding, as the case may be, if the view is pretty or not.
Icy Trees and shrubs - on the main at Chesterfield. Roger Hensley Photos.
Aug 24, 1961 Maurice Lewman (age 31) in an Alco. Maurice Lewman Photo.
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."