Most Photos taken in the early 1980's
It seems natural for youngsters to love to watch trains go by but there are a few who take it a step farther like John D. Mahaffey of Camden, Arkansas. John spent his youth at the old Cotton Belt Depot at Camden watching trains go by and talking to the Clerks, Trainmen and Enginemen and eventually became a sort of mascot around the depot.
John tried several times to hire out with the Cotton Belt and Southern Pacific after he finished school but since the railroad was not hiring he had to wait around until the Union Pacific took over when he was finally hired as a Trainman in early 1998 and now he has seen his life long dream come true.
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