Source of info regarding Mr. Howland:
Flying Yankee Web Site
EVERETT E. HOWLAND Jr. (1929 – 2005)
Father of Scott and Jim Howland
We're sad to
report that we've lost a very close friend and colleague of the Flying
Yankee Restoration Group, Mr. Everett E. Howland Jr.
Everett passed away on
Sunday afternoon, June 26, 2005 after a long illness and will be sorely
Everett was 76 years old when he passed
away and lived in
NH with his lovely wife
Frances. In addition to serving as a very active member of the Flying
Yankee Restoration Group, Inc. Board of Directors since the Group was
formed in the early 1990's, Everett worked as a Fireman, Engineer and
General Superintendent for the Boston & Maine Railroad from 1948 until
1987. He also worked for Amtrak and while serving as a consultant,
Everett was instrumental in
the start of the Dallas / Fort Worth Commuter Rail System.
Everett also trained
Engineers for Operation Desert Storm.
Everett was a longtime
member of the New England Railroad Club and the Boston & Maine
Historical Society. He served for twelve years as a Selectman for the
Woodstock, NH and was a
member of the Woodstock Volunteer Fire Department.
Everett served with the US
Army during the Korean War in the 724th Railway Operating Battalion, was
a member of the Pemi Valley Church of Woodstock, NH and was an avid
golfer in his spare time.
leaves his wife of 56 years, Frances (Quimby) Howland of North
Woodstock, NH; two sons, Scott Everett Howland of Hamden, CT and James
MA; a daughter, Sharon
(Howland) Zaccardi of Reading, MA; seven grandchildren and several
The family has asked that memorial donations may be made in
Everett's name to the Flying
Yankee Restoration Group,
PO Box 6000,
Source of info:
Flying Yankee Web Site
Amtrak New Haven Conductor
on Saturday, June 25th
at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford, CT.
Cards of Condolence may be sent:
The Fraschilla Family
2 Ryan Drive
Wallingford, CT 06492
Ain't that the
Harold W. Swain,
Fairwell to "Big Hah" One of the First Street Boys!
of South Boston, May 12th. Beloved son of the late Thomas
J. and Margaret A. (OToole) Swain. Loving brother of Lorraine Flannery
of South Boston, Norman Swain of Braintree, Dorothy Izbicki of Taunton,
Thomas Swain of Dorchester, Gerard Swain of FL, Donald Swain of
Braintree and Carol Reilly of Braintree. Longtime friend of Harry Uhlman
of South Boston. Interment Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester, MA. Late
Veteran of U.S. Army. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
Moakley Cancer Center, Boston Medical Center, Development Office, 660
Harrison Ave., 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02118 or Mass General Hospital,
Development Office, 165 Cambridge St., Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114, c/o
of Breast Cancer Research Center
Constantinueau: 1933 - 2005
A note from MARC FRATTASIO:
My good friend Don Constantineau passed away this morning. Don was a long
time NHRHTA member and former New Haven Railroad employee. He started with
the railroad in 1953 as a grill car bar attendant. In later years he
worked on bar cars and lounge cars. From time to time he also worked as a
dining car steward. Around 1956 Don switched over to freight service,
first as a flagman and then as a freight conductor. He left the railroad
just before the Penn Central takeover and took up a second career with the
US Postal Service, retiring a few years ago as postmaster in Wrentham, MA.
In retirement he also worked as an engineer at Edaville Railroad and at
the Newport Scenic Railway.
Don's wife, Marguerite or "Margo", was a New Haven Railroad dining car
department hostess and radio telephone attendant who worked on the
Merchants Limited and Yankee Clipper. She died a few weeks ago after a
Photos and stories about both Don and Margo were included in my recent
book, "New Haven Railroad - Dining on the Shore Line Route". In fact, the
book was dedicated to them since they provided the inspiration and the
railroad contacts which made the book possible.
I always thought that I'd have plenty of time to talk about the railroad
with Don Constantinueau. His death this morning caught me completely by
surprise, despite a several-week hospitalization. This should be a lesson
to all of you.
Get out and talk to and record the stories from the elderly railroaders
that you know before it is too late to do so. Believe me, when the end
comes you'll regret that you didn't. I feel awful today.
"Tommy Cal" September 2004
New Haven Car Knocker and friend to
all Tommy Callahan passed away in December 2004.
BOSTON LSA JOHN HAYES,
(on the right next to his pal Vaughan) retired in September after 30
years of service.
Once the RR Retirement Board told
John he could retire, he got out while the going was good.
Best of luck to you John!!!
New Haven Conductor James Thomas Garvey II
James Thomas Garvey II "Jim", 58, of New Britain passed away Sunday
(August 22, 2004) battling Mesothelioma Lung Cancer with his loving
family by his side. Born in Woodside, New York, son of the late
Vincent M. and Dorothy (Anderson) Garvey, he was a New Britain
resident most of his life. He was a graduate of New Britain High
School, class of 1964, and attended Teachers College (now CCSU) in
New Britain. Jimmy was employed at ConRail & Amtrak-Shore Line East
for 33 years
CONDUCTOR HERBIE VOSS
New Haven Railroad - Penn Central
Conrail - Amtrak
GENTLEMAN - RAILROADMAN
BEST OF LUCK TO YOU HERBIE!!!
The entire railroad family mourns the
tragic passing of Metro North (former Conrail) Conductor Bobby Ard
Jr. who was tragically killed while performing his duties on the
Stamford Yard Switcher, March 10, 2004.
Bob Ard was 46 years old.
JACK CURLEY RETIRES!
Another fan favorite, Locomotive
Engineer Jack Curley (Amtrak, Conrail, Penn Central)
retired Christmas Week 2003.
Jack is a true class act and a
great friend to all of us. His smiling face and wonderful sense of humor
will be greatly missed by all of us!!
Good luck on your retirement Jack!
You're a great guy.
Former Amtrak Rules Examiner, Tower Operator and Train Dispatcher
Henry Vincent passed away just before Christmas 2003.
Henry was an interesting character
but a fair rules examiner and a very honorable man.
Besides working for the railroad,
Henry was also involved in the Air Force Reserves.
New Haven Crew Base Locomotive Engineer Jim Dowd
made his last run on October 31, 2003. Jim worked for the New Haven, Penn
Central, Conrail and Amtrak as a fireman and Locomotive Engineer.
Best of luck to you Jim!
Photo by Moe Burke
Sad news.......Former Amtrak Trainmaster, Chief Train Dispatcher and Tower
Operator Manny Pacheco passed away unexpectedly on Saturday,
October 4, 2003.
Manny was a true friend, an honorable man and a great boss who
legitimately cared about his co-workers and the passengers.
This comes as a shock to all of us and needless to say, it's a sad day in
Boston for his MBCR coworkers and his Amtrak friends.
Once again, we lose one of the good ones.
A Tribute to Manny.
TOMMY MADDEN RETIRES!
Boston Locomotive Engineer Tommy Madden retired on October 1, 2003.
Tommy worked for the New Haven, Penn Central, Conrail, B&M (MBTA), Amtrak
(MBTA) and finally finishing off his career on the Shore Line.
Best of luck to Tom on his
South Station, Boston.....On
September 11, 2003, Firemen representing various Departments including the
FDNY presented Governor Mike Dukakis with a plaque thanking Amtrak
Employees for their support during and after the events of 9/11/2001.
Photo by Paul Hayhurst
Sad News From New Haven
I'm sad to report that Locomotive
Engineer and great friend Steve Meighan passed away on August 26,
CONDUCTOR JIMMY ADAMSON PULLS THE PIN!
GOOD LUCK JIM ON YOUR RETIREMENT!!!!
Former "B&A" Legend Jimmy Adamson is all
back in the early 1970's. Jimmy worked for the New York Central, Penn
Central, Conrail and Amtrak.
What a difference 30 years makes!
He's even happier here in 2003 after he found out how
much money he'll be getting from the Railroad Retirement Board.
Good Bye Ol' Friend!
Commuter Conductor Danny Sullivan passed away last month after a long
tough bout with cancer.
Danny was a true gentleman
great railroader and a wonderful friend to one and all.
He was the Brother of
Providence Station's John Sullivan.
Retired Boston Locomotive
passed away on January 26, 2003.
Our thoughts and prayers are
with Jack's family.
Jack was a unique
individual but he was a good guy and always a good friend to all.
I GOT IT!!!
After fifteen years of searching, I finally was able to acquire the
rookie card of old friend and retired Boston Division Conductor Tom
Casagrande. Tom was considered one of the first "bonus babies"
signed to a major league baseball contract.
Former Boston Engineer Steve Nichols with Sam.
FORMER BOSTON LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER SAY'S HELLO!!! (11/01/02)
from ol' pal Steve Nichols
was cruising the web the other day, with nothing in particular to do,
when I stumbled onto your site. You just never know what you will find on
the www. Let me say that going thru the photos was a very fun and
sometimes sad time. Sad due to the knowledge and realization that quite a
few of the guys that I worked with while I was there have passed
away. But fun to see some of the faces that up till now had only been
refresh your memory a little bit let me say that I came to Amtrak zone 1
in August of 1984,I can’t believe its been about eighteen years ago now,
but anyway I came along with about six others, one of whom is still
working on corridor to this day, his name being Tom Boutell, I think you
probably know him. I stayed till April of 1991 and left for the windy city
Chicago. Worked there till about October of 1999 and decided to go to
Indianapolis Indiana a new crew base. This put me a lot closer to my place
of birth in southern Indiana. I hope to retire from this location in about
five years. Hopefully this will stir a few memories of me. If not just ask
a few of the New Haven guys about me and I think they will recall working
with me a time or two. I can remember working with you a few times. Nice
to see you in the photos.
web site. Keep up the good work. Tell the guys hello for me. Especially
“The Bones” who I worked with the night we left the "big
kohuna’s" (translation Amtrak Officials) on the platform at Boston
because they weren’t there at leaving time. Maybe he’ll remember
the story. Recalling that night has given me a lot of chuckles over the
years, as well as bringing smiles to those that I tell the story too.
I’ve said enough. Thanks.
That’s me and my offspring Sam.
Note: Steve, that incident with you, Bones and the Amtrak officials is
stuff that legends are made of. How could we forget that wonderful day??? EBR
Conductor Bob Chessia and Vic - One last hug!
Locomotive Engineer Vic Gobbi
"One of Boston's Finest!"
Retired on August 22, 2002
Vic hired out on the "Boston and Albany" Division of the
NYC/Penn Central and worked for successors Conrail and Amtrak.
HIT HERE to see a
great railroad photo of Vic.
SHORE LINE ROUTE
HISTORY AND RECIPES OF THE NEW HAVEN RAILROAD DINING CAR DEPARTMENT
HIT HERE for more info!
Libby rubs elbow with Baseball Legend
Luis "El Tiante" Tiant.
Conductor Gary Libby (center) doesn't know a baseball from
a pineapple, but he was still thrilled to meet some of the Boston Red Sox
Legends who rode his ACELA train to New York. The Boston Red Sox played
the Yankees over the July 20, 2002 weekend.
Kingston Station Museum Now Open!
The Museum at the Kingston, Rhode Island Railroad Station opened on
Saturday, June 22, 2002. HIT
HERE to see some photos from this great day.
One of the sweethearts of the New Haven Crew Base, Conductor Natalie
Smith, got married recently and broke a lot of hearts as well!
Best of luck to you and your Husband
"Despite all its flaws, Amtrak's strength lies in its front-line
operations people who make the railroad work day in and day out, Gunn
says. "That's the strength, it really is. While we're sitting here
talking, there's a thousand, two thousand people making things happen.
And they're conscientious about it."
Amtrak President David Gunn
EDITORS NOTE: Now let's get rid of those useless produce lines! Leave the
responsibility of operating trains in the hands of the people who know how
to operate them!
First Annual Steve Globa
North Side vs. South Side Hockey Game
Sunday, May 19,
2002 - 2pm
Proceeds from this year's
event will be used to help out fellow railroader who had her apartment
burn down and lost all of her personal belongings, as well as 2
railroaders from Boston who are battling cancer.
to find out more about this great event!
A FALLEN BROTHER
Boston Crew Base Conductor Skip Simpson died tragically in a surfing
accident while vacationing in Hawaii.
Our thoughts and prayers go
out to Skip's Family.
Skip worked in train service
for Amtrak for approximately 4 years, working both in Inter-City and
United Aircraft Turbo Train
South Station, Boston
Fall - 1975
Son of Engineer Dave "Thunder
Jaw" Allen Seeks Photo. Can you help out with this one???
My Name is William Allen........
My father (David C.
Allen) who is now deceased was a New Haven Railroad (1957), Penn Central, Conrail and lastly
an Amtrak Engineer (1996). Some of the people on your web site I know (Joe McMann and Luther
Treishman), and they certainly knew my dad....aka
Thunder-jaw / Fog horn....known for his very booming voice. He could talk over the loud roar of a diesel locomotive with ease!!!!!! My dad actually
started out in Train service but later switched to Engine service in 1968,
due to an auto accident that made walking trains most difficult. I believe my dad told me Luther Treishman never returned to work after that train
accident (as of 1996 anyway). My dad spent countless hours talking to Joe
McMann about railroading and I am sure fishing!
My dad loved the Shoreline run from New Haven to Boston
and return best for passenger trains, however, his first love was always a good long
freight train going anywhere!
I write you because I was wondering with all of your
photos if you had one particular United Aircraft photo of the Turbo Train heading to
Boston on the shoreline taken from a helicopter (you can see part of the shadow of the helicopter in the photo).....My dad was running the train that
day (early 1970's ish). As I recall you could make out part of his forehead and sun glasses. My dad must have missed placed it when he moved last as I
cannot find it among his things. I remember it hanging up for years in his
family room, I know it exists. I even tried calling Sikorsky but they do not
have good records of all their photos, so no luck there.
I was hoping you might have this particular photo (There
were several done by United Aircraft), but if not could you hook me up with someone who might have it.....I would love a copy of it.
Love your web site and keep those photos coming!
William D. Allen
<<<If you can help William out, please e-mail him. Thanks!
BOSTON CREW BASE RAILROADER'S RETIREMENT
FRIDAY APRIL 26, 2002
FLORIAN HALL (FIREMAN'S HALL) - DORCHESTER, MA (HIT
HERE FOR DIRECTIONS)
INFO PLEASE CONTACT TOM DRISCOLL,
LARRY SOLOMON, JOE MOTTE, E.B.
Say NO to TImmy Mellon and his Guilford
Say NO to Peter Pan Bus Lines.
Let's keep it a real railroad.
Just Say No To Privatization.
BUSH REPORTEDLY BACKS ARC
/ PROPOSAL WILL INCLUDE PRIVATIZATION
February 4, 2002. According to press reports the Bush administration will
propose an overhaul of Amtrak "through a partnership between federal
and state governments and the private sector." This approach is
similar to a plan that will be submitted to Congress by the Amtrak Reform
Council (ARC). If true, this would be the first step that any
administration has taken to dismantle the national passenger rail system.
The President's budget plan will include $521 million for Amtrak for the
next fiscal year.
CALL THE WHITE HOUSE - 202-456-1414
E-MAIL PRESIDENT BUSH - firstname.lastname@example.org
TELL THE WHITE
YOU OPPOSE ANY PROPOSAL TO PRIVATIZE AMTRAK! ASK FOR FULL FUNDING AS PROPOSED BY
reads......."I see Amtrak has figured out how to get a massive
February 9, 2002
New Haven Union Station’s legendary customer services representative
passed away this past week. He was also the son of the Shoreline’s
own Sal Alfone.
Cards of Condolence may be sent:
The Alfone Family
38 Rose Street
East Haven, CT 06513
Mass Cards are Appropriate
January 5, 2002
Train Director Leo King Retires!
South Bay Tower
Train Director (former Tower One Operator) and passenger train advocate
Leo King has retired from Amtrak.
Good luck Leo on
your retirement and we hope you enjoy the sun and fun of Florida!
The Saratogian - January 15, 2002
Amtrak's #1 Conductor Passes
SARATOGA SPRINGS --
Amtrak's Rensselaer to New York City run will never be thesame following
the death Sunday of
Dennis Corsale, the nation's longest continually employed conductor.
Corsale, 79, of Grand Avenue in Saratoga Springs, joined the Delaware
& Hudson Railway on July 19, 1941 at age 19.
He marked his 60th anniversary on the job last summer and was still
working until falling ill shortly before Christmas.
''A lot of people look forward to golfing the rest of their lives. Dennis
just loved what he did,'' said Roger Eich of Saratoga Springs, a fellow
Amtrak conductor. ''He was top-notch all the way. He had a sense of humor
mixed with true professionalism. Passengers always came first.''
Inter-City Train Service
Returns to Maine!!!
to visit their web site!
According to the UTU NEWS,
New Haven Crew Base
Conductor John Wasko
passed away in October of 2001.
John worked for the New
Haven, Penn Central, Conrail and finally retired from Amtrak in the early
John was another good guy and great friend to everyone he worked
Jack McNamara retires!
Good Luck to
You're the Man!!!
Best of luck to another
for the Ryan Family
We are all shocked and saddened
at the sudden passing of Conductor Herbie "Luggo" Ryan's wife.
Conductor Dave Bowe is coordinating a holiday fundraising drive to help
"Luggo" and his family.
If you would like to
contribute, please contact Dave Bowe immediately. E-Mail
Dave at UTU1462@aol.com. You can also leave your donation off at the
Track 13 Crew Base, SHSY Yardmaster's office or with Tom Driscoll, Joe
Motte or E.B. Radovich
Many thanks to Brothers and Sisters of the Boston
Fire Department for your generosity and support!
1462 - 262
December 2, 2001
Florian Hall, Dorchester, MA
What a great time was had by all!!!
HERE to see photos of this great event.
Nice work Larry!
to another Great Railroadman!
James E. Cashin
Amtrak Locomotive Engineer
Saturday, November 10, 2001 at Ellis Hospital, Albany after a brief
illness. Born in Troy, Mr. Cashin was educated at LaSalle Institute. He
was a railroad engineer for 35 years working for the D&H, Conrail
and Amtrak. He served on the High Speed Rail Committee for Amtrak from
1996-1998. He also served as the local chairman of
BLE-Division 77, New Haven, CT from 1995 to 1998.
Survivors include his loving wife, Darlene J. Robinson;
his two daughters, Tracy E. Milanese of Grafton and Cheryl VonFricken of
Speigletown; and eight grandchildren. He was the former husband of the
late Joy Paul Cashin.
October 24, 2001
Farewell to Leo
Leo O'Donnell - Conductor
New Haven RR, Penn Central, Conrail, Amtrak
We were all saddened by the
news of the passing of retired Conductor Leo O'Donnell.
Although Leo was a
"character," to say the least, deep inside his heart he was a
generous, caring man who would always step up to the plate to help out a
person in need.
F40's to the
OCTOBER 22, 2001
Amtrak Train #66, the
Twilight Shoreliner, led by a brand new HHP electric locomotive, crapped
out in Westerly, Rhode Island on Monday, October 22, 2001.
A pair of F40ph locomotives
(291,280) were sent to rescue #66 and drag it and the "High
Horsepower Locomotive" back to Boston.
It was a proud moment for
all fans of the F40ph's to see these workhorses back out on the mainline
again saving the day.
NOTICE FOR RAILFANS
STATEMENT BY ASSOCIATION OF
AMERICAN RAILROADS IN RESPONSE TO " INDICATORS
In order to assist in the defense of our homeland, the railroad industry
has -- in consultation with the federal government --stepped up efforts to
patrol and secure our properties. While the AAR has
not asked its member railroads to "profile" individuals near or
around railroad property, railroad fans should be aware that the rail
industry -- along with the rest of the nation -- is operating at a
heightened state of alert that recognizes the dramatic change Sept. 11
brought to our nation.
That includes more scrutiny of activities and people in and around rail
yards and tracks. We appreciate and value railfans' interest and support,
and sincerely hope railfans understand that everyone is experiencing
inconveniences as a result of the war on terrorism. (AAR - posted 10/21)
Me and Kingston Station Agent and
fellow hockey player Billy Connel.
Me and ex Boston Fireman Ralph Carter.
October 4, 2001
Yes, the rumors are true. I am currently
back in passenger service. I work #173 Tues and Thur. Deadhead on #173
Mon-Wed-Fri and return from NYP on 2170 Mon-Wed-Fri and 2172 on Tue and
God do I miss the 3:30 switcher and my
pals at Southampton Street Yard already.
The cartoon says it all.
Amtrak AMT-2 Updates - 09/11/01
There are two new important
updates to Amtrak's AMT-2 Electrical Operating Instructions book. They are
especially important to those working in passenger service in electrified
territory. HIT HERE to view
News From Conductor Mike Hall
a Big Boy!
Conductor Mike Hall has a new edition to his crew. He is 8lbs 3 ozs and
20.5 inches and Mom has decided to call him Hayden Jerrome Hall. Mom
and the baby are doing well, and Dad is doing much better
now..........He's expecting a full recovery
Glendale Docks - Lake Winnipesaukee - NH
Good Bye to another Summer!
Another summer, as most
do, just flew right by. Although most of us live for the joys of
Summer, this was a somewhat sad one. The New England Division lost
many good friends, including Conductors Steve Globa, Bob Dickinson and
Jack Burns (retired). It has not been the best of summers for the railroad
One of the great things about being a railroader is knowing that one way
or another, we'll fight back and survive. We always have and we always
Happy Railroad Labor Day to
Comrade, a.k.a. Paul Burns, a.k.a. Paul Bubryzcki retired on Friday,
August 31, 2001.
being a great guy to work with, Paul always had an interesting, albeit
somewhat ultra conservative opinion on current events. The more I see of
what's going on in this world the more I seem to agree with him.
Flying Yankee Returns!
Okay, okay, it's one of them
"B&M" (Northside) trains, but she's still a classic!
HIT HERE to visit the "Flying Yankee's" web site!
was a time of national rejuvenation and community pride.
A time of innovation and style.
A time when getting there was half the fun
And its time is now."
Retired Amtrak Conductor and former TV news anchor Jack Burns passed away
this past weekend (8/18/01) at the age of 71.
Jack was a Conductor for the New
Haven, Penn Central, Conrail and Amtrak railroads as well as working as a
radio and TV news journalist in the Rhode Island area for many years.
Jack was a true gentleman and
great guy to work with. He was well known throughout the Rhode Island area
and well respected by fellow railroaders, journalists and law enforcement
Jack is survived by his Brother
Dick Burns who was also a Conductor for the New Haven, Penn Central, Conrail
and Amtrak railroads.
Newly Rebuilt AME-7 948
Thanks to Ralph Carter for these photos.
Street Antics - 8/02/01
For the first time
in years, a Heritage Diner (8554) and Dorm Lounge made their appearance in
Boston. This equipment will run on #449 on Friday, August 3, 2001.
The equipment is for
"Bikers" attending the motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota.
Thanks to Ralph
Carter for the photos.
Our pal Steve.
We lost another good guy!
The Boston Crew Base and the
New England Division are mourning the loss of Conductor Steve Globa.
Simply put, Steve was just another one of the good ones who made the railroad the special
place that it is. We're all saddened by his passing.
More Sad News
The same weekend we lost Steve Globa, another
great guy, New Haven Conductor Bob Dickinson passed away from heart
failure. Bob was another great guy and good friend to one and all. He too will be missed
by all of us!