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[C-P-R] Retirement, and the Legends they Leave behind. - For John Maloney
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January 10th, 2007 –Last trip North
Train 103-10 Engine 9125, Toronto Yard to Mactier – Departed Toronto 1000 Jan.10th, Arrived Mactier 1632 Jan. 10th.
January 11th, 2007 – Last Trip South
Train 306-407 Engine 9677 Mactier to Toronto Yard, Departed Mactier 0453 Jan 11th, Arrived Toronto 1010 Jan. 11th[photogallery/photo00025834/real.htm]
|[C-P-R] Retirement, and the Legends they Leave behind. - For John Maloney|
|January 11th, 2007 will be documented in the history books as a normal day, in a somewhat normal world. This is not to be said about one man who has made a career of working the "Tail End".|
Conductor John Maloney rode his last freight train this morning. A Grain Train running from MacTier to Toronto with AC4400CW 9677 having the honour of giving this Legend his last ride of the "Iron Highway".
On his last trip, the RTC joked around with him, asking him who was now number 1 on the seniority board. The ATMS of the MacTier Subdivision shook his hand, congratulated him on finally making it to the end, and said that it was an Honour to work with you.
Now lets go back to when I first met this man. It was the Beginning of December and I was in Alliston Ontario with a large group of people. We were waiting for the arrival of the "Christmas Train". As one after another climbed into the Cab to take pictures, and as the Engineer answered questions and smiled, the Conductor was nowhere in sight. Just before departure, I tried my luck in getting a ride to MacTier, but I had to ask the Conductor.
"He's the Boss of this Train, ha ha ha!" the Hogger joked.
As I climbed up the ladder and walked into the Cab again of AC4400 9774 I met John. As I was a young boy, he apologized that he couldn't take me as there was just to many "important" people on this Train. So I waved Good bye, but never forgot the Christmas Train Conductor.
Over the Years, some would say alot of rumours went around, but I call them Legends. Men would tell of this Conductor who was second to one man on the seniority board (but most thought of him as the top). Who laughed, joked, and knew all there was about being a Conductor. In the Running Trades, I thought of his man as someone I wanted to grow up to be.
When the Day came that this man would be finally be retiring, no one believed it. But the Day did finally come, and its understandable why this morning felt Cold to the Skin, but Warm to the heart.
I write this to Honour him, and to Honour every conductor before and after, as many of these great stories are never told.
Sir, it has been Honour to have known you, and to have worked in the same Company as you have for so many years.
All The Best In Your Life
Vaughan Intermodal Terminal