"At least they're being spared the indignity of having a diesel pull them on that last mile," said Paul Childers, a maintenance worker. It was thoughtful of Childers to consider the engines, because he and 19 others were losing their jobs. Their skills were no longer needed in Bush, a tiny station serving mines north of Carbondale. Modern diesel engines were taking over.
A Look Back • St. Louis railroad scraps its last steam engines