Can anyone give me any particulars to the strike on the New haven (maybe 1953-55) that went on long enough to have the government intervene and run trains. I figure is was in the spring of 1954, at least that is how I remember it. I was about 6 years old and two of my buddies and I were sitting on the rails of the Fitchburg Branch in Southboro. It was in the middle of the afternoon. The New Haven ran north at this spot around 9 am and south after 5 pm. Anyway, we were sitting there when I looked up and there was a train fast approaching about 500 feet away. I yelled and we all dove over the berm (the location was on a fill) and a northbound freight pulled by two Army geeps flew by. They did not use their horns on us and hadn't used them at Main Street in Southboro either. And I hadn't heard the engine-I just happened to look up. Still bothers me 55 years later. Was the train manned by soldiers? Were they navigating blind without New Haven supervision? How long did the strike last? I later spent nearly 30 years in the Army and it was always fellow soldiers who came near killing me more than Commies or terrorists. Maybe this was an omen.