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My Present Past
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Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad
Chicago Milwaukee & St Paul #453, 2-8-2 Mikado, Class L-2b,
local freight heading westbound through Birmingham, 1948
On March 21, 1949 an agreement was reached with the nations
railroads and 16 non-operating unions on a 40 hour work week. Included
in that agreement was overtime pay after 8 hours in one day or after
40 hours in a work week. Also included was a 7 cent an hour wage
increase retroactive from October of 1948. The agreement would take
effect on September 01, 1949.
The Order of Railroad Telegraphers Union was one of the 16 unions
represented. The only section not affected were Yardmasters, who
remained on a six day a week schedule but had an increase of 10 cents
per hour. Engineers, brakeman and other operating employees were not
affected by this agreement but would later ratify similar  contract. In
the Timekeeping Bulletin #9 on the left, C. A. Bick, payroll executive of
the Burlington Railroad asks for cooperation during the change over,
even quoting musician "Little Richard" for calmness.
1947-48 Wabash #2278 Mikado type (ALCO) 2-8-2 Class K3-b, eastbound through Birmingham, Missouri.
In this photo you can see the white signal flags on the front corners of the locomotive, indicating this was an
extra non-scheduled run for the day. In the Station Record of Train Movements under Operators Transfer of
Train Orders for that day it would carry the designation of
X2278, Eastward Train through Birmingham.
The locomotive running the scheduled run of that particular day would not display any flags.
Additional photo of Rock Island engine #5000 between the storage shed and the depot at Birmingham 1948.
1947-48 Rock Island freight, westbound through Birmingham on #4 Chicago Milwaukee & St Paul track
1948 Chicago Rock Island & Pacific locomotive #5013 (Class R-67b 4-8-4) westbound on the #4 Chicago
Milwaukee & St Paul track through Birmingham. This was the regular schedule #17, which was a mail/passenger
train. The first three cars are mail cars, followed by a passenger coach.
This train would be headed for Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri.