I will be a 30 year member of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers as of May 1, 2020. This story appeared in the latest issue of the Boilermaker Reporter, the publication of the union. It gives a little background info on the rebuilding process that it went through and the roles some of my union brothers played in it.
In the 19th Century, Boilermakers found their home harnessing steam to power a growing country and to transport an increasingly mobile North American population. The railroad industry was booming, and for decades Boilermakers, along with many other steam era crafts, made sure there were plenty...