My Life on Mountain Railroads by William Gould

By William Gould

In 1917, Gilbert Gould completed his dream to be an engineer, and commenced working engines for the Denver & Rio Grande and later for the Utah Railway. He was once a common storyteller, and his reminiscences are interesting and traditionally rewarding.

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His head had been smashed, and he was dead. Trackside Childhood 27 There was much speculation among the tight little group of men that formed at the foot of the box car ladder. The verdict was that he had been standing up on top of that car when the train had gone under the bridge that spans the Rio Grande tracks between Mesa and Lehi. Not knowing that the train was approaching a low clearance obstacle he had been taken unawares and received the fatal blow to the head from the bridge structure.

I did the best I could even though I made a lot of enemies among the engine crews, who would later try to take it out of my hide. 40 Youth One day a newly promoted engineer came to the supply house where I was supposed to keep all the surplus (that did not exist). He had been promoted off the Bingham Branch and was going back to run an engine out of Welby. He had a brand new tool box with his name painted on it. He came in the door and laid that newly painted tool box on the floor. It was completely empty.

The only trouble was that we newskids always seemed to be out of pennies when it came to making change. Unless a customer presented three pennies in exact change he would usually wind up paying a nickel or going without his paper. It eventually got to the point where we refused to sell the paper for less than a nickel. The management of the paper soon got wise and started to clamp down on us. They refused to let us have papers unless we could show that we had a handful of pennies with which to make change.

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