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Richard Cooper

Ulster & Delaware Railroad
"The Only All Rail Route Through the Catskills"


Name: Richard Ernest Cooper
Birth: April 6, 1926
Death: June 3, 1990, Conventry Twp., PA
Residence(s): Colliersville, NY
Spouse: Patricia Muriel Newell
Parents: Leonard A. Cooper
Date of Assignment: June 20, 1946
End of Assignment: July 27, 1948
Position(s) Held: Fireman

Richard Cooper & Frank Barton with NYC 811. September 4, 1947.
Collection of Edwin Cox

Information from Edwin Cox regarding "Coast to Coast Cooper"

6/20/46 Hired out on the NYC Catskill Mountain Branch

7/27/48 Furloughed and never worked the CMB again

9/22/48 hired out on the NYC St. Lawrence Division

10/15/48 furloughed

12/30/48 hired out on the D&H Susquehanna Division

6/22/53 transferred to D&H Rensselaer & Saratoga Division

7/22/57 started vacation from D&H

7/22/57 Marked up on NYC St. Lawrence Division X-list at Massena

8/26/57 Last day worked on the NYC forever.

Took a leave of absence from the D&H during the following dates to work the D&RGW standard and narrow gauge.

9/9/57 hired out on the D&RGW Pueblo Division

12/4/57 returned to the D&H

9/2/57 returned to the D&RGW at Denver

12/8/58 returned to the D&H

6/23/59 returned to the D&RGW

12/15/59 returned to the D&H

8/16/60 returned to the D&RGW

11/30/60 returned to the D&H

6/12/61 returned to the D&RGW

12/5/61 returned to the D&H

6/18/62 returned to D&RGW

8/10/62 returned to the D&H

6/12/63 returned to the D&RGW

8/7/63 returned to the D&H (Never worked the D&RGW again)

5/29/87 last trip on the D&H (retired)

Positions Held: NYC Fireman & laborer

D&RGW Fireman

D&H: Fireman, Engineer, Clerk & Laborer

Compiled locomotive roster information for Jim Shaughnessy’s book “The Delaware & Hudson”.

Local Chairman (extended period of time) and General Chairman (briefly) for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen (UTU) on the D&H.

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