Richie and Donald
This has to be one of my favorite photos of all
time. It was taken at Dominic Spinale's bachelor party at a joint called
"William's" over near the old First Street Yard in South
Here we find Locomotive Engineer R.C. "
Richie" Fowkes doing his best Donald McHugh imitation for the
camera. Donald was a yard hostler and part time starship captain. His
locomotives would arrive on runways and on occasion he would find
himself being attacked by Japanese "Zero" fighter planes.
It was guys like this who made the railroad such a
very special place to work.