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Maurice Lewman
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Icy Trees


February 15, 2005
You have pictures of the snow and ice on the trees, which reminds me of a story.

I think it was about the year 1967 and this time of the year. I was on # 75 south bound with an Alco FA in the lead. Of course they were not the warmest engines in the world and every thing considered it was just a fair trip. On the north hill at Wabash the brush was close to the ditch line and was long slim brush 10 to 15 ft. tall. With the ice on them they were bent over on the track from both sides.

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.

Maurice Lewman

Photo Credit:
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."


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