Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald
My paternal grandfather was a railroad conductor. I still have his American Watch Co railroad watch, made in 1874-1875, based on the serial number. Despite looking well worn, it still runs! I wind it (with a key!) every year on New Years Day.
One of my paternal uncles was Road Master for the Frisco Line's big yard in Memphis and another uncle was an electrician for another rail line in Missouri before becoming a wax sculptor.
Hmm that is nice to know and reminds me when I was working for British Rail we used to have to un couple the down line commuter trains from London and take the last set of four carriages to the sidings for the next day to be brought out again and hooked up for the return run.
Now as part of the job we (the senior shunter and I) had to go through the train compartments to see what if anything had been left behind and we found some REAL interesting stuff, but one thing in particular sticks in my mind and that was a solid silver pocket watch beautifully engraved which when opened up was in braille - had gold hour and minute hands.
No one came to claim it so after six weeks it became the property of the finder if you wanted it so that is what I had for many years. I can't remember what actually happened to it but think it was lost gain during a house moves.