The CP Electric Lines Galt yard crew poses for me in front of LE&N freight motor 337 sometime in the 1950's. In the cab is motorman Jake Snider. On the ground from left to right is conductor Charlie Cartwright, brakeman Art Jefkins, poleman Bill Scheweditz and brakeman Bruce Gowing.
The following poem comes from the G.R. RLY. & L.E.&.N. RLY. TATTLE-TALE of
Thursday, Dec. 13th, 1934, and is written about the motorman in this picture.
CASEY JONES HAD NOTHING ON JAKE
Now, JAKEY SNIDER sat at the control,
And he pulled her back to the second hole.
He blew the whistle, and rang the bell,
But out went the breaker, and he swore like hell.
He tried her again and out she went,
And Jakey's patience was all but spent.
He said; "Oh Harry, what a hell of a fix,
It's this useless old bugger of a 226".
He was rolling down the Centreville grade,
Fogging her along cause he'd been delayed.
But he slowed her up at the Freeport curve,
Just a steady old hogger with plenty of nerve.
He came wheeling into Preston with a hell of a clatter,
TED NOBLE peeked out to see what was the matter.
Now all you folks laugh this off if you can,
Jake arrived with the motor, he'd forgotten the van.
If Jakey ever gets to the pearly gate,
He'll probably ask for 228.
And if perchance St. Peter says, "No",
It's a forgone conclusion, to HELL he'll go.