June 13, 2006
Thomas J. Markle, a retired locomotive engineer and longtime Reisterstown resident, died of cancer Thursday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 81. Mr. Markle was born and raised in Hanover, Pa., and had a public school education. During World War II, he served with an Army artillery unit in the Pacific. After the war, Mr. Markle began his railroad career as a fireman with the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and later was promoted to engineer. He worked in freight service and handled runs between Brunswick, Bay View Yards in Baltimore and Philadelphia.
November 22, 2003
Francis Joseph Ruppel, a retired Conrail locomotive engineer, died of pneumonia Nov. 15 at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. He was 87. Mr. Ruppel was born in Baltimore and raised in Highlandtown. He attended Polytechnic Institute. During the 1930s, he was a member of the Maryland Bicycle Club and won its Harry E. Glock Memorial Race from 1932 to 1934. He went to work in 1936 as a fireman for the Pennsylvania Railroad. After being promoted to engineer, he was assigned to freight service.
February 13, 2007
Charles J. Thomas, a retired locomotive engineer and athlete, died of leukemia Wednesday at University of Maryland Medical Center. The longtime Dundalk resident was 93. Mr. Thomas was born and raised in Highlandtown, the son of a railroader. He attended parochial schools until the eighth grade, when he left to help support his family. "He worked on a huckster wagon selling vegetables and later drove a laundry truck. During Prohibition, he was a bootlegger and drove trucks with false bottoms where the liquor was hidden," said a son, Charles W. Thomas of York, Pa. Mr. Thomas enlisted in the Navy the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor and served in the Pacific as a gunner's mate aboard the destroyer USS Swearer.
July 31, 1994
Stamp collectors and train buffs gathered outside the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Station Museum in Ellicott City on Friday to buy dozens of books of 2-day-old stamps at an "outdoor" post office.The temporary postal service, set up on a cobblestone sidewalk under a white awning, was part of a ceremony to celebrate the release of five stamps picturing five different Civil War-era steam locomotives.The stamps were released into national circulation Thursday in Albuquerque, N.M.The Baltimore District of the U.S. Postal Service, which encompasses the Ellicott City post office, sponsored the outdoor ceremony to commemorate locally the stamps' second day of circulation.
May 10, 2000
Investigators are sorting out what temporarily knocked out Amtrak train service between Washington and New York Monday. Rail officials focused attention yesterday on the engine of a northbound Metroliner that left Baltimore's Penn Station just before 11 a.m. Monday. After the train passed MARC's Martin State Airport Station in eastern Baltimore County, it pulled down wires and dragged them along a 2-mile stretch of track. Rick Remington, an Amtrak spokesman, said an electric locomotive, like the one pulling the Metroliner, usually has one of its two pantographs extended to carry power to the engine from wires above the track.
September 14, 1996
CSX Transportation Inc. yesterday unveiled its new $2 million locomotive, hailing it as revolutionary equipment that can push and pull far more freight and boost the railroad's productivity in the lucrative freight arena.The Jacksonville, Fla.-based railroad, which employs 1,500 people in Maryland, becomes the first in North America to place the 6,000-horsepower engine, known as the GE AC6000CW, into service. Most other engines currently in use have 4,000 horsepower."It means a new generation of horsepower that allows it to pull 30 percent more freight," Peter Carpenter, president and chief executive officer of CSX, said during ceremonies at the B&O Railroad Museum roundhouse in Baltimore.