In a practice deemed unsafe and not even possible today, a switchman rides the footboards of an Chicago Great Western Alco S2 in the joint Soo/CGW Cicero yard just off the Eisenhower Expressway in 1967.
Now the GCOR not only forbids footboards, it also forbids conductors from riding a car or engine to a joint. They must get off before the joint. That's no problem on the KCS, where they're still allowed to get on and off moving equipment (that's going less than 5 MPH), but it's a pain in the rear on the BNSF. There, they may ride the cut into the track, but they must stop the movement 50 feet short of the joint, get off, then make the joint. I can only imagine how many conductors fudge the rules when they have a lot of switches to make and just want to get it done and go home...
P.S. When I get to 999 deviations and I get through more cleanup on some of my older shots... including tagging them with CC, date, and name... I'm gonna put together a CD/DVD with all of these pix on it. Not for profit... just for fun... interested?
You are reading my "book" as I write it... and folks like Hoyt and Traci and you many others are adding details that make it a wonderful compendium of memories. Don't know if it will ever get published on dead trees though.