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Hojack crew is working on the railroad

Posted 5 February 2014 at 12:00 am

By Bill Lattin, Orleans County Historian

In this rare photo, taken Sept. 11, 1897, we see a section gang on the “Hojack” railroad. The picture was perhaps taken in Kendall or Carlton, with Charles M. Vincent of Holley front and center.

The woman down the road has probably just brought these men their lunches as we see lunch pails on the handcar. A section gang was a crew of workers that kept the rails and ties in perfect condition at all times. When a train approached, these men had to lift the handcar off the track for the train to pass by.