In August 2006, the National Railroad Museum began its Oral History Program. The National Railroad Museum is committed to collecting oral histories while providing permanent storage, preservation, safe handling, security and public access in a research environment.
If you have railroad memories that you would like to share with the Museum, we encourage you to contact the Museum’s curator to learn more about the Oral History Program.
Mr. Richard Ryan began his railroad employment at the age of 16 years, when he signed on with the Union Pacific as a crew caller in Grand Island, Nebraska. Mr. Ryan describes some of his duties of his job during the post-World War II era.
The U.S. Post Office employed Mr. Leo Yelle as a Railway Post Office clerk in July 1948. On the featured audio clip, Mr. Yelle describes the breadth of knowledge required for the job, as well as a description of a Railway Post Office car interior.