jmchitvt wrote:Exaxctly when did Great Meadows close as an open agency?
Was F. J. (Jack) Percicval the final Agent/Operator or had he already promoted to Dispatcher at Warwick?
Wonder if any readers are old enough to know these facts?
Old enough? Who- me?
Don't have a specific date on Great Meadows, but it was an open station until the very early seventies. The manual blade-type order board lasted beyond the end of the L&HR; it's long gone now, but some of the bell-crank/rod mechanism is still there.
I didn't know Jack Percival was a Great Meadows op- I'd always known him as a dispatcher in Warwick. In fact, he wrote the last Form 19 issued by the L&H; "Train order no. 3, March 31 1976, to C&E Engs. 24 and 23, at Warwick; Engs 24 and 23 coupled run extra Warwick to G Tower and return to Warwick; Superintendent WSF (Bill Flood); Made Complete 614 PM, Percival Operator."
There were three of us at Warwick that evening observing the departure of the final run- Brian Wood, Bob Mohowski, and myself. Jack added a few extra carbons that night so that the three of us (and a car knocker working as rear end brakeman that run- Ed Crist) could have a copy. Still have mine, a treasured piece of 'flimsy'.
He may have taken his retirement that night, or he may have made the transition to CR- don't know for sure.