Boilermaker roots lead to film debut for L-28’s Engle family

Multi-generational L-28 members of the Engle family, dressed in costumes from the 1800s, include, l. to r., Bob (third generation), Frank III and Dan (fourth generation) and Ricky (third generation).

Documentary will depict Brotherhood’s history

OKAY, SO IT wasn’t Hollywood. That didn’t seem to matter to four members of the Engle family who traveled to Kansas in early April for a chance to be part of a Boilermaker documentary. Bob Engle (now retired) and his sons Frank III and Dan, along with Bob’s brother, Ricky, all from Local 28 (Newark, N.J.), enjoyed the opportunity to visit International headquarters before taking part in some “historic” filming.

The shoot was organized by the Boilermaker History Preservation Department, which is producing a documentary describing the Brotherhood’s history and contributions to industry. The Engles were invited to participate in the filming after BHPD learned they were part of a four-generation family of Boilermakers. Bob and Ricky Engle’s father and grandfather were both Local 28 members. Bob’s son Frank III and son Dan are also members.

The Engles spent the day at a restored tavern and blacksmith shop from the 1800s located in Olathe, KS. A make-up artist prepared them for the camera, and while waiting their turn, the Engles got to watch an award-winning film company set up and shoot scenes from the past.

A release date for the documentary has not been announced.