National Geographic : 1944 Feb
GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY BETWEEN GREAT LAKES AND PACIFIC BMAs/AN A^^ 'i" 1 ''"? L*".l"TM '^RA SASKATCHEWAN WINT'^ ON4M | /^" -"A, "M'W7 . r Ii .1. '''* ,,*-**. . ' i t,, .. .... t ... -.-. -, ----... ". 1 ...... ,,,0, WASHING , MIN MONTANA FG _ SKILLED "GROUND CREWS" HELP MAKE GREAT NORTHERN SERVICE DEPENDABLE GREAT NORTHERN SERVICE DEPENDABLE Five Men on Ground to Every Member of Train and Engine Crew Railways have "ground crews," too-thousands of men (and women, these days) who perform the vitally essential tasks which keep trains rolling. Movement of a 5,000-ton Great Northern freight train over a 400 mile division requires co-ordinated action by yardmen, car inspectors and servicemen, engine handlers, train dispatchers, water and fuel serv icers, clerks, telegraphers, telephone operators and signalmen-a 90-man "ground crew." Although not actually involved in train operation, there also are the maintenance-of-way crews who keep in shape Great Northern's tracks, signal systems, bridges, and other structures. And, we're not forgetting the shop men, who also are working around the clock repairing and rebuilding locomotives, freight cars, and other equipment. Skilled "ground crews" are among the many things which make Great Northern great-and a dependable transportation system. Boss of train movements is the dis patcher. This "ground crewman" is the nerve center of train operation. Groomed by skilled mechanics, and all steamed up for the pullingjob ahead,a big GreatNorthernlocomotive leaves the roundhousewith a hostleratthe throttle. This 'ground crewman" is ouing Installing new trac. The machine A switchman throws a switch for an the bearingon which a car wheel rolls, drills holes thru the steel so that rail oncoming yard engine with cars for Oil-soakedwaste lubricatesthe bearing, ends can be bolted solidly together, assembly into a train.