History of the Evansville Indianapolis and Terre Haute Railroad by Reed SC
History of the Evansville Indianapolis and Terre Haute Railroad by Reed SC
History of the Evansville Indianapolis and Terre Haute Railroad by Reed SC
History of the Evansville Indianapolis and Terre Haute Railroad by Reed SC
History of the Evansville Indianapolis and Terre Haute Railroad by Reed SC

History of the Evansville Indianapolis and Terre Haute Railroad by Reed SC

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History of the Evansville Indianapolis and Terre Haute Railroad by Reed SC
 
History of the Evansville Indianapolis and Terre Haute Railroad by Kenneth L & Mary Lou Reed
Soft Cover
Copyright 2006, revised edition 2007 Third Printing  
162 pages

Table of Contents
Memories & Experiences 1
The Old E. & I. As I Remember It2
Evansville and Indianapolis Railroad Company and Constituent Companies8
David J. Mackey 40
Maps and Timetables 42
Passenger Services on E&I 45
Maps, Timetables (1901-1967) and Misc. 48
Excerpts from Terre Haute Today 1915 74
NYC Duane Yards at Terre Haute 81
Stations Along the Railroad Going South 87
Steam Locomotives 106
Diesel Locomotives 125
Engineers and Firemen Seniority Roster (1882) 131
Ladies Auxiliary of the Brotherhood of Locomotive, Firemen and Engineers 136
Personal Paraphernalia 137
New York Central Railroad and Pennsylvania Railroad Merger,                                           February 1968 143
Penn Central Merged Into the Conrail Corporation, 1976 154
Indiana Southern Railroad 157

In the summer of 1953 I was 18 years old, married, working at a "going nowhere job" in Terre Haute, Indiana, and very discouraged. I contacted the Pennsylvania Railroad and they were not hiring any men in any department. I called the trainmaster's office for the New York Central Railroad and they were not hiring anyone, however the road foreman of engines (Clyde Fiscus) was in town and hiring firemen. I immediately drove to the roundhouse and talked to Mr. Fiscus. He hired me and another man as firemen for the Evansville and Indianapolis division. He drove us to Petersburg IN for our company physicals. The company doctor okayed the other man, but turned me down. Mr. Fiscus asked him what the problem was and his reply was I weighed only 149 lb. and the minimum for that job was 150 lb. Mr. Fiscus said he didn't care he was going to put me to work anyway.
He then took us to a restaurant, bought us a meal and a pair of gloves. He told us to report to the "call boy" then go to the bunkhouse and get some rest. We would be called to make student trips back north to Terre Haute.
Within a couple of hours the call boy came, woke me up, and told me he needed me to fire an engine (I-17 2-8-2 Mikado) on an Extra North to Terre Haute. I told him I had never been on a steam locomotive let alone fire one. He said he didn't care, everyone had missed calls, and I would have too. He assured me everyone would help me and I would be alright.
I reported to the engine facility and the call boy said the engineer, Winch Cundiff, had already gone down to the engine. When I got down to the engine, I saw no one. I climbed into the cab and was amazed at all the valves, gauges and controls. I had no idea what any of them were for. I looked out the window and saw Mr. Cundiff walking around the engine with an oil can. Shortly he climbed up on the engine and started putting his grip in the seat box. I walked over to him, called him by name and explained my predicament. He never responded in any manner, so I went back and sat down on the fireman's seat. In a few minutes he walked over to me, pointed his finger at my nose, (he had on long cuffed gloves), and said "Young man I will help you every way I can if you will do what I tell you and not pay any attention to that so-and-so breakman sitting behind you, If you listen to him you are on your own". When we started he said "you put the coal to her and I'll put the water to her".
We didn't have any trouble and everything worked out fine. I worked with him several times after that, he was a prince of a man. According to the seniority roster he started there in 1920. His son JB Cundiff started there in 1937 and is now a personal friend of mine. He is retired and was the oldest man in seniority upon his retirement.
I had to make one student trip on a hand fired switch engine and then was put on the "Duane" firemen's extra board. I was 96th on the roster, so my seniority started June 1953.

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