Noel Weaver wrote:John Kneiling was a writer for Trains some years ago. He wrote a lot of stuff about his ideas for the future and some of hisI thought Kneiling conveyed good ideas with regard to rail labour becoming more productive for the future of the rail industry. Afterall, rail management was not the " enemy " to labour just prior to The Staggers Rail Act, it was the Trucking Industry.
stuff was pretty far out. He was also pretty anti labor in his writings. Trains finally dumped him and I for one was glad
when they did it. It was a waste of ink and paper.
I recall a story about 1978 or 1979, either in Trains Magazine or Railfan / Railroad, concerning the impending strike involving the Rock Island RR. In that article, a picture had the crew of a RI local way freight, posing on front of the lead power unit........six members, yes six.......engineer, fireman, head end brakeman, rear brakeman, conductor and last but not least, a flagman.
I guess for the Union, it was important to keep everyone's job. As for the Rock Island, it was soon to become a " Fallen Flag ".