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L-5’s Nickolas helps run railroad museum

Bill Nickolas displays the locomotive and coal car from his 1950 Scout Lionel train set.

Trains, history have been lifelong passion

BILL NICKOLAS, 62, owns more than 50 locomotive engines and hundreds of rail cars. No, he’s not a railroad tycoon — he’s a hobbyist who has drawn upon his love of miniature trains and local history to help create a railroad museum in Oswego, N.Y., near his hometown of Scriba.

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Locals  L-5, L-175
Reporter  V48N1

L-11’s John Durkin retires

John Durkin - Local 11

ON HIS LAST day of employment, John “Wurkin Durkin” Durkin unhooked the final lift for an SCR project at the Exxon/Mobil refinery in Billings, Mont. A member of Local 11 (Helena, Mont.) since 1978, Durkin began his apprenticeship in 1976 and moved into field construction in 1980. He retired June 30, 2008.

“John always did his fair share of the work, and we thought it fitting to let him unhook the last lift,” L-11 Pres. Bob Winger said.

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Locals  L-11

Frank Linton now welds for fun

L-40 retiree Frank Linton displays two of his paintings and samples of his metal art — a life-size turkey and sculpture of Blue Heron.

L-40 retiree creates metal art using skills he developed on the job

AFTER WORKING 35 years as a field construction Boilermaker, Frank Linton is now using his welding skills to create some rather spectacular metal art.

Linton, who joined Local 40 (Elizabethtown, Ky.) in 1973, may have retired two years ago, but he never put away his welding tools. Instead, he has been using them to make herons, turkeys, deer, and ducks.

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Locals  L-40
Reporter  V47N4

Retired L-69 officer races horses

Photo by Gene Wilson & Associates   Retired L-69 BM-ST Donnie Ray Jones, front row, second from left, and his wife, Jackie (in red jacket) celebrate Sum Boilermaker's first-place finish.

“Sum Boilermaker” wins in Oklahoma

RETIRED L-69 BM-ST Donnie Ray Jones is living his dream, breeding and racing horses. A Boilermaker since 1976, Jones served two terms as the lodge’s top officer before calling it quits last year.

Locals  L-69

L-582 retirees enjoy luncheon

Local 582 retirees receive service pins at their quarterly luncheon.

RETIRED MEMBERS OF Local 582 (Baton Rouge, La.) attended their quarterly luncheon meeting at the union hall in January. James Anderson, chairman of the retiree’s club, presented membership pins ranging from 30 years to 65 years of service. Jessie Nelson, pictured in front at far right wearing a suit, received a 65-year pin.

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Reporter  V47N2

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