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I started working for the Southern Railway on Holland Lane in Alexandria, Va. in 1967. I worked as a clerk and often times I would spend the next eight hours laboring in the engine house, putting sand into the engines, changing brake shoes, ect. George Strayhorn was the Master Mechanic who was responsible for the motive power for the 4 or 5 trains daily that took the freight from Potomac Yard into the south. One of the trains number 153 had engines in the middle of the train for an even flow of energy and it's destination was New Orleans. He was respected by all of his people and he was simply a pleasure to work for. George Strayhorn was a very good person and nothing you can say about a person is better than that.