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I'm doing research on my great-uncle who's CNW file shows his starting date as Nov. 1910. I know from the 1910 census and a 1910 Chicago directory he was a fireman before that date, living on E. 90th street which was a block away from a Illinois Central yard. I'm guessing back then the workers had to stay close to the yard in order for the call boy to reach them when needed. Is it safe to assume he was working for I.C. before the CNW? Did workers commonly switch railroads? He ended up moving to South Pekin, IL. working for the CNW until retiring in 1955. Thanks for any help. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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