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Old 09-03-2008, 07:48 PM
Alan Bates Alan Bates is offline
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Engineers did, indeed, keep track of where the boat was. Chet Foster told me one time, "Don't worry about hitting that wharfboat. I got marks all up and down that wharf." Chet kept an eye on the railroad trestle and if the pilot didn't ring to stop or back at the usual place, he intended to do it in any event. Sometimes bells didn't ring - a broken wire, a jammed chain, anything could happen. Having an engineer like Chet was a great comfort. Ask Kenny Howe.
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