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B/W Brewbafcer's takin' core of bus/ness on the MAURV MACHT M. Brewbaker Jr. is one who says he's glad the steam locomotives. who has spent Us life yards and his adult life locomotive mechanic and he should know. person who never missed locomotive," he gays "It work, hard work. You'd wear to work and by dinnertime you had 'em on for six pas! 10 years, Brewbaker general foreman of the shops and car foreman for system in Hagerstown. absorbed the W e s t e r n several years ago. job to see that all and railroad cars in are in good working order. job, with many responsibilities, Washington Street In the city's west end, Brewbaker, 54, Is a tall, husky man, not afraid to voice opinions and full of railroad yarns and codes to live by. What he's learned in 35 years working working for the railroad, he says, in great part had been passed to him by his father, William M. Brewbaker Sr., whom he says is "Uie best railroad man I ever saw," The senior Brewbaker worked locally for the railroads for 42 years before retiring In 1865. He since has been a Judge of the Orphans Court. For years be held the general foreman's job the son now holds. The round bouse was built to contain contain the gigantic 150,000 pound diesel engines which the mechanics repair. The men, in work boots, hard-hats and engineer coveralls, are dwarfed by the .have to be constantly tlert for moving locomotives. They have to be aware of the massive electric voltage In the diesel engines. A good railroad mechanic, Brewbaker Brewbaker says, takes years to. develop. At least four years of apprenticeship and then four years for a man to be "on his own" are required before he becomes master at his craft. Mechanics live by the thought, "That it just takes a little longer to do the impossible," be says. Most of the mechanics have worked worked at the yards for many years. They seem to bear out his adage that "When you get a drink of Western Maryland water, you're destined to die there." Nevertheless, over the years Brewbaker Brewbaker has seen the work force at Western Maryland drop from 800 employes in the locomotive and car shops to 200 employes. The loss has had some effect on anything as well as the Maryland." The decline of the influence has been felt in family. His son won't tradition of working in his three daughters from marriage to Anna Margaret Brewbaker aren't likely father. When he steps down railroads, Brewbaker says leaving more than a job. "1 grew up on railroad 1 brought my father his yard when I was 12. revolved around (he railroad. know there were other "I come from a railroad My wife's people are My father-in-law worked years. Her grandfather

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  1. The Daily Mail,
  2. 27 Oct 1975, Mon,
  3. Page 3

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