Emmett Allen Sr., 85, rebuilt trains for railroad museum

April 24, 2006

Emmett Howard Allen Sr., a retired machinist who spent his later years helping rebuild trains at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, died of heart and lung conditions Wednesday in his Northeast Baltimore home. He was 85.

Mr. Allen was born and raised in West Baltimore, served in the Army and retired from Westinghouse Electric Co., where he worked as a machinist in its Linthicum plant. From his first marriage, which ended in divorce, Mr. Allen had two children who survive him: Emmett Allen Jr. and Linda Allen, both of North Carolina.

He met his second wife while shopping at an office supply store in Parkville, where she worked in the back office handling sales calls. Gloria Allen said she stepped out of the office to make copies and they struck up a conversation, and later began a relationship. They were married for 13 years, she said.

Mrs. Allen said that up until a year ago, when her husband began feeling ill, he helped repair old trains at the railroad museum. He was also a member of the Baltimore Museum of Industry in South Baltimore.

A memorial service has not been scheduled.

Mr. Allen is survived by his wife, the former Gloria Krebs; his children; and several grandchildren.

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