The Rolling Inspection

In March of 1943, somewhere between Marceline, Missouri and Argentine, Kansas, our Santa Fe freight has pulled into a siding for an opposing train to pass. The crew will do a “rolling inspection” of the passing train, watching for any problems such as shifting freight, loose loads, hot boxes, etc. The brakeman for our train is likely on the other side of the mainline out of view, having looked over the far side of the passing train.

Jack Delano caught this view of the conductor giving a friendly wave and “highball” sign to the conductor and brakeman on the eastbound train indicating that all looks good on their train.

Brakemen Exchanging Highball Signs

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