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My life as a rail program

He shared what it was like to work with derailments, blinding Iowa blizzards and bankruptcies.

Posted: Feb 10, 2018 9:02 PM
Updated: Feb 10, 2018 10:44 PM

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa - The North Central Iowa Genealogical Society held a program to highlight the history of railroad in North Iowa.

Dennis Wilson worked on the railroad for forty years as a brakeman, conductor and union leader.

He shared what it was like to work with derailments, blinding Iowa blizzards and bankruptcies.

He says he's most thankful for the strides and changes that have come about over the years.

"When I went to work they didn't have radios, a lot of the signaling was different so technology has really taken over and I would be as out of place today if they were to come over to my time."

Wilson played a vital role on the project in East Park to help restore the cannonball gardens and his stories have appeared in the "Iowan" and "Our Iowa" magazine.

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