About This Site
My name is Mary Rae McPherson.
I was first bitten by the railroad bug when I was still in grade school with exposure to the books of Lucius Beebe and Don Ball, Jr. I grew up in Carbondale, Illinois, along the mainline of the Illinois Central Gulf. My childhood home also put me with twenty miles of the last steam powered shortline in the U.S., the Crab Orchard & Egyptian Railroad. I grew up a fan of the steam locomotive, and this led to an interest in railroad history. At the same time, I have been an active railfan photographer since the age of nine.
In addition to being a railfan, I am also a railroader by profession. I hired on with Amtrak in 2000, and am currently a conductor based out of Carbondale on “The City of New Orleans.”
This blog site is a place for my railroad related writings, which include historical articles, photo essays and stories of working for the railroad.
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Mary Rae McPherson