It was a day of nostalgia and sadness. Most railroaders failed to hide their feelings of sadness at the end of an era which dates back to 1869.
Conductor E.M. Baker of train 208 closed out 47 years with the D&H when he swung off his train in Binghamton. For him it was a long day which started early in Albany when friends presented him gifts including a dozen American Beauty roses for his wife.
It was also a long day for two Oneonta railroaders, Francis Simonds, 2 Sand St., and Roy Bennett, of 67 East St. Simonds was conductor on northbound 205 and Bennett a trainman.
“Back to freight work,” said both men, who “dead-headed” back to Oneonta on Baker’s 208 Thursday night. First plan for Bennett last night was a hot bath “to see if I can get warm.”