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Meadows, Gaston

Meadows, Gaston

Meadows, Gaston

Date: Friday, March 11, 2005

Interview 165a : In this interview with Jonathan Gerland, East Texas native Gaston Meadows reminisces about his career working on the railroad. Mr. Meadows spent 41 years working for the Southern Pacific Railroad on the Houston East and West Texas line, mostly based in Lufkin. His career saw many changes in the railroad industry, and he comments particularly on the change from steam to diesel locomotives, the evolution of freight cars, the practice of piggybacking, and the evolution of train communication from very little communication to radio communication within the train to radio communication between train and station. Mr. Meadows also mentions many of his fellow railroaders, like Fred Street, B. B. Scott, Connie Nunn, and George Pouras. He also talks about the terrain and the types of trips he took between Houston and Shreveport on the HE&WT, especially mentioning the hills and spots that took extra effort to travel through.