Final Passenger Run
Chicago and Illinois Midland Railway Company
Eckard, F. B.
Photo caption: "Here prior to the final passenger run, C&IM president (Fred) Schrader poses with the engineer and conductor, and F. B. Eckard (2nd from left). Eckard had just come off duty as Night Chief Dispatcher. He had one of the most remarkable service records of any C&IM employee and over the years had been given the nickname of the 'Grand Old Man of the C&IM'. His career started with the CP&StL as operator at Topeka in 1896. Still dispatching on the C&IM at age 82, he stopped work on September 6, 1964 due to illness, and passed away on May 18, 1965, never having officially 'retired'. His 68 years of service with the Midland and its predecessors was a record for the railroad and a work record seldom equaled in any field of endeavor."
Chicago & Illinois Midland Railway
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Chicago and Illinois Midland Railroad Collection
21 x 26 cm
Chicago & Illinois Midland Railway, “Final Passenger Run,” Chronicling Illinois, accessed December 7, 2019, http://chroniclingillinois.org/items/show/29396.