Worker who lost his legs, in switch room
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Railroad worker who lost his legs, in switch room

Credit: Courtesy of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania Operated by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

Successfully blocking unionization of their workforces, railroads could be as cold hearted as any big industrial enterprise. Adopting a philosophy of corporate paternalism, they did, however, provide jobs for some injured on the job, including this switch tower operator.

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