Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Edward Ingram, February 9, 1989

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:01 - Early career at L&N Railroad

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Partial Transcript: This interview is with Ed Ingram on February the 9th, 1989.

Segment Synopsis: Ingram discusses working for the L&N Railroad in the 1940s. He describes how he got the job and what kind of jobs were available at the time. He says that he was a brakeman at first but after a year and a half, he became a fireman.

Keywords: Brakeman; Fireman; L&N Railroad; Louisville and Nashville Railroad (L&N)

Subjects: Etowah (Tenn.); Railroads; Trains

00:03:59 - 1950s railroad strike

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Partial Transcript: During that time in the 1950s there was a strike. Do you remember it?

Segment Synopsis: Ingram discusses the L&N Railroad strike of the 1950s. He says that he did not cross the picket line and they did not work for 58 days. He says that they wanted better working conditions.

Keywords: L&N Railroad; Labor strikes; Labor unions; Louisville and Nashville Railroad (L&N); Railroad strikes; Trains

Subjects: Etowah (Tenn.); Labor unions; Railroads; Trains

00:06:01 - Description of railroad and trains

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Partial Transcript: When you went--started to work for the L&N, and it was 1940 and, you know, the war was coming on, how was the general economy in the area?

Segment Synopsis: Ingram talks about Etowah's economy during the early 1940s before the United States entered World War II. He also talks about the railroad depot and what people did at the depot. He also discusses the types of trains that used the L&N Railroad and the type of tracks that they used. He says that they had no wrecks during the 1940s. He describes how he was in a train wreck once and what had happened. He also speaks about shoveling coal and how much coal each train used.

Keywords: Economy; Louisville and Nashville Railroad (L&N); Railroad depots; Railroad tracks; Train accidents; Train crashes

Subjects: Economy; Etowah (Tenn.); Railroads; Trains; World War, 1939-1945

00:13:18 - Railroad stories / Changes in the L&N

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Partial Transcript: Do you remember any famous people coming through on the trains?

Segment Synopsis: Ingram describes the various passengers and types of cars that would travel by the L&N Railroad. He tells of how many famous baseball players traveled on the line. He also tells of how he pulled a circus train. He talks about how the line discontinued mail and passenger service. He also talks about the total number of employees that the railroad had.

Keywords: Baseball; Circus trains; L&N Railroad; Louisville and Nashville Railroad (L&N); Trains

Subjects: Circuses; Etowah (Tenn.); Railroads; Trains

00:21:41 - Changes in Etowah and the railroad

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Partial Transcript: How do you think that life changed in Etowah after the passenger service ended?

Segment Synopsis: Ingram discusses changes in Etowah and the L&N Railroad over time. He also talks about how his father worked for the railroad and recalls his father's stories about labor strikes.

Keywords: L&N Railroad; Labor strikes; Louisville and Nashville Railroad (L&N); Trains

Subjects: Etowah (Tenn.); Labor unions; Railroads