ATSF Coleman, TX railroad depot and semaphore train order signal

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ATSF Coleman, TX railroad depot and semaphore train order signal

While the conductor stays in his comfortable seat in the cupola, the rear brakeman on Extra 2705 West leans out to pick up train orders at Coleman, TX on October 28, 1977. You can see that this could be a dangerous procedure when the caboose is bobbing along at 50+ miles per hour. The train will go into the siding at View to meet an eastbound train.