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Re: [CBQ] CBQ/Milw xing in Aurora

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Subject: Re: [CBQ] CBQ/Milw xing in Aurora
From: "Dan dlgrobe@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [CBQ]" <CBQ@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2014 18:45:25 -0500
These are great stories. I'm to young to have known the CBQ or the J in Aurora 
but I've been drawn to both for as long as I know. The Q has lots of info and 
the J Aurora Branch activities are nearly non existent. So I'm very 
appreciative of you sharing. If anyone has any more on the J Aurora Branch or J 
at Eola please feel free to join the EJE yahoo group or email me. I'd love to 
hear more. Happy 4th everyone. 


On Jul 4, 2014, at 4:56 PM, "Leo qutlx1@xxxxxxx [CBQ]" <CBQ@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> 

> Steve you brought back a long forgotten memory w/ that comment on running to 
> see the J Aurora run. This has nothing to do with the Q(well almost nothing) 
> but I think it's a story that shows how RRing used to be.
> E.B. (Smitty) Smith retired after 43 years and 10 months employment on the 
> Q,with 38 of those years a switchman in the Aurora/Eola terminal. If your a 
> BRHS member your going to learn about him in the upcoming Alley Job article. 
> Buy the way he was my grandfather.
> When Smitty retired he sold the big old two story house on Grove St to my 
> parents and moved to a bungalow on south Broadway very near the Js Aurora 
> branch. Every so often when the J made their twice a week run into Aurora; 
> Smitty would hear them coming,get up from the lazy boy and walk to the rte 25 
> xing. There he would flag the engine down and proceed to have a 10 or 15 
> minute conversation with the crew about the state of RR affairs and who on 
> the J had retired,etc,etc. All this time the flashers and bells are doing 
> there thing, cars are stopping, looking around then proceeding. When all the 
> pertinent info had been exchanged a highball was given,the train proceeded 
> and then another highball was given as the caboose went by.
> I don't know why I never asked for a ride!?
> In the 70s we would bump into the J Aurora job crew at the office on So 
> Lincoln ave as they ate dinner. The train would be resting behind the office. 
> The office,well it's name might be a little misleading, but it sure gave many 
> a husband the excuse to say "Honey at was at the office late"
> Leo

Posted by: Dan <dlgrobe@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>


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