Inspired by steam

Kind railroaders introduced a machine-minded boy to the world of locomotives

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I was always fascinated by machines. When I was a boy during the Depression, the most impressive machinery I got to see was steam locomotives. I grew up in Troy, N.Y., on the Hudson River 150 miles north of New York City, close to Albany and Schenect...

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