Railroad Police Photos


Wild Bunch Posse

A combination of Pinkerton, UP agents and trackers taken in June 1900 after the second Wild Bunch robbery.  The idea of the car is credited to E.H. Harriman, with the notion that fresh men and fresh horses could get to the scene of a robbery by train in time to track the outlaws, whose horses would not be well rested.  From left to right: presumed to be Joe Lefores, T.T. Keliher, H. Davis, George Hiatt, Jeff Carr, Si Funk


International Railroad Detectives and Special Agents Association

 June 15, 1896 in Omaha, NE

John “Captain Jack” Kinney was the first president.

Back Row from left to right:  J.C. Vissard, UP RR, P. Holland, Editor “The Detective”, I.W. Penrose, UP RR, Middle row from left to right:  Thomas Gorman, ATSF RR, W.T. Canada, UP RR Chief, W.F. Riley, C&NW Chief, C.H. Dawson, C&A RR, John Tobin, UP RR, Front row from left to right:  John Kinney, ATSF RR Chief,  Delong, Mo. Pac. RR, W.S. Cain, C&A RR, W.H Reno, Co. RR, Frank Mullady, C&NW RR.

 (Picture courtesy of John Kinney)


"Captain Jack" Railroad Special Agent with the ATSF Railroad was shot in a train robbery by the Dalton Gang on July 14, 1892.

Captain Jack later became the Chief of the ATSF Railroad Police and the first President of the International Railroad Detective and Special Agent 1896

Book written by Captain Jacks great grandson John J. Kinney

 (Courtesy of Chip Greiner)


Original photograph of the Union Pacific Railroad Police from the early 1900’s.  Standing in the middle is Chief Special Agent David Montgomery who was previously a scout for Buffalo Bill Cody during the 1876 Sioux-Cheyenne war.

On the paper matting surrounding the original photo, it lists the Special Agents on the left as "Day" and the ones on the right as "Night" possibly indicating the shift that they worked at the time.

(Courtesy of Chip Greiner)


Members of the CSX Railroad Police SWAT Team (pictured in green) pose with Union Pacific Special Agents (pictured in black uniforms) after a 2007 training. The CSX SWAT team travels the United States giving instruction on tactical entry of rail equipment to local, state, federal, and other railroad police agencies.

(Note: Faces Intentionally Blurred on some officers.)


Photo taken From a Crossing Accident Reduction Enforcement (C.A.R.E.) program in 2001. This program often utilizes officers from local jurisdiction to help enforce railroad crossing violations.

Photos from a 2002 Union Pacific Railroad Special Operations Team training session in the metro New Orleans area.

Union Pacific Railroad Police Officers receiving HAZ-MAT training.

Union Pacific Railroad Special Agent Ralph Taylor who on October 14, 1933 was run over by two runaway tank cars in the Portland Oregon Rail yard and several days later died from his injuries.

"Buffalo" Bill Cody

Pennsylvania Railroad Police

1907 Railroad Cavalry

Chicago & Alton Railroad

(Courtesy of the Union Pacific Museum)

Photo of Southern Pacific Railroad Police

Photo taken between 1940-1955

(Courtesy of California State Railroad Museum Library)


Southern Pacific Railroad Police in front of the "City of San Francisco" Locomotive

Protective Service detail of Union Pacific Railroad Special Agents at the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia.

(Courtesy of Thomas Carmichael)

Protective Service detail of Union Pacific Railroad Special Agents at the New York Republican National Convention in 2004

(Courtesy of Paul Miller)

1976 Missouri Pacific Railroad memo announcing Herman .L. Smith as new Chief Special Agent.

(Courtesy of Billy "Bubba" Barefield )


Special Agent Paul Miller (A.K.A. Paul Pecquet) works undercover as a laborer in a Salt Lake City Diesel Shop in 1989.

(Courtesy of Paul Miller)


Reward Flier in the amount of $5000 for identification of masked men responsible for robbing the Missouri, Kansas & Texas train at Adair, OK on July 14, 1892

(Courtesy of John J. Kinney)


Union Pacific Railroad Police Lt. Paul Miller posing for a quick photo while checking trains for evidence of burglaries and transients in 2005

(Courtesy of Tom Stewart)

The U.S. military utilizes the railroads to transport shipments of tanks, trucks, and supplies in order to quickly mobilize our armed forces. The railroads have always played a vital role for national defense, which it proudly continues today.

Railroad Special Agents are entrusted with the protection of military transports.

In this photo, you get to see exactly what the Special Agent sees when doing an elevated inspection. Note the size of the Ford Explorer patrol vehicle in relation to the tracked vehicles on the train.

In 1996 when the Southern Pacific knew they were being bought out by the Union Pacific, the Special Agents Department had a  commemorative 9MM made

Southern Pacific Railroad Police 1878-1996

Limited Edition SPPD 043 of 109

(Courtesy of Toby A. Trevett)

October 1897 Monthly report from the Railroad Police on subjects arrested in Kansas City, MO

(Courtesy of Chip Greiner)

October 1897 Payment Voucher from the Kansas City Belt Railway Company 

(Courtesy of Chip Greiner)

October 1897 Monthly Report (payroll) for Railroad Police Force in Kansas City, MO

(Courtesy of Chip Greiner)


September 2005

Union Pacific Senior  Special Agent Steven Paddy escorting railroad executives in New Orleans, LA after   hurricane Katrina

The National Guard temporarily stops their advance.


Wild Bunch Posse

A combination of Pinkerton, UP agents and trackers taken in June 1900 after the second Wild Bunch robbery.  The idea of the car is credited to E.H. Harriman, with the notion that fresh men and fresh horses could get to the scene of a robbery by train in time to track the outlaws, whose horses would not be well rested.  T.T. Keliher is standing in the door and others are Joe Lefores,  H. Davis, George Hiatt,

A combination of Pinkerton, UP agents and trackers taken in June 1900 after the second Wild Bunch robbery.  The idea of the car is credited to E.H. Harriman, with the notion that fresh men and fresh horses could get to the scene of a robbery by train in time to track the outlaws, whose horses would not be well rested.  T.T. Keliher is standing in the rear and others are Joe Lefores,  H. Davis, George Hiatt,

BNSF Railway Police K-9 Team at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado

Every train that passed the Pepsi Center on BNSF main line had to be cleared by BNSF's explosive detector dogs

$100 Reward offered by Union Pacific Railroad for the apprehension of Laverne Van Hoven alias Fred Moore-Robert King.

Wanted in the murder of Union Pacific Railroad Police Officer Eldon Smith on September 18,1932

(Courtesy of Jim O'Brien)

Dale A. Lloyd aliases: "West Coast"; "Whiskers"; "Coast to Coast"; Will Jones; Lloyd Harris; John Harris; Livingston Harris; William Jones

Wanted in the murder of R.D. Gordon, Western Pacific R.R. Officer on September 8, 1935 in the W.P. Yards at Stockton, California

Gordon was stabbed 29 times

(Courtesy of Jim O'Brien)

Top: Texas Pacific or Missouri Pacific Railroad Police Remington 12 gauge shotgun from the early 1900s

Middle: 1869-1969 Golden Spike Commemorative 30-30 Winchester

Bottom: Remington 870 Riot Shotgun used by Southern Pacific Railroad Special Agents in the 1980s and 1990s

1980 K-9 Graduation class including Southern Pacific Railroad Special Agent Toby Trevett and K-9 Ranger far right


Missouri Pacific Railroad Special Agent Glenn "Skinny" Grannan and K-9 Jack Second from left


Alexandria, LA Police Department Range

Senior Special Agent James "Diamond Jim" Watson was the first Union Pacific Railroad Special Agent Firearms Instructor in Louisiana

Jim is giving transition training to fellow agents from the use of revolvers to the use of semi automatics.

Several old Railroad Police I.D.'s from railroads that no longer exist

Several old Railroad Police I.D.'s from railroads that no longer exist or type of I.D. that is no

May 1, 2009

Special Agent Paul Miller along with Mrs. Irene Morris in Kentwood, LA.

Mrs. Morris is 92 years of age and is the daughter of Joseph Wright Reid who was a Special Agent with the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad and later the Illinois Central Railroad from 1911 to 1946

His boss was T.T. Keliher who is pictured on the website home page as the second man from the left on horse back.

Keliher later became the Chief of the Illinois Central Railroad Police Department and retired in 1937

Special Agent J.W. Reid's badge with switch key and caboose key.

Reid went to work for the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad in 1911 as a watchman in McComb, MS

In 1916 he was promoted to Special Agent for the Illinois Central Railroad in Baton Rouge, LA. and later became Division Special Agent in Charge

Illinois Central Railroad Division Special Agent J.W. Reid in 1929 with his patented "Bandit Gun".

Under mounted weapon light, the predecessor of today's surefire.

January 1943

Illinois Central Division Special Agent J.W Reid (Right) along with Special Agent Ross (Left) and Reid's son Calvin (Rear)

Jackson, Mississippi Special Agents Office

(Picture courtesy of Mrs. Irene Morris)

One of a few books written about Railroad Police activities


H.S. Dewhurst

Secretary, Protective Section

Association of American Railroads


A publication from the mid 1950's by the American Association of Railroads showing a picture history of the Railroad Police.



February 28, 2003

Senior Special Agent Gilbert Maldenado and his K-9 Lobo discovered 989 lbs of marijuana in Port Laredo, TX.  This marijuana was found hidden in a compartment on a boxcar made by the drug dealers.

K-9 officers work very closely with US Customs and other Federal, State, and Local Agencies.


September 2005

Norfolk Southern main line in New Orleans, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina


September 2005

FEMA Trailers arriving for those who lost their homes in New Orleans, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina

Norfolk Southern Railroad Oliver Yard New Orleans, Louisiana


September 2005

Union Pacific Railroad and Norfolk Southern Railroad Special Agents meeting in Avondale, Louisiana during their work tour immediately after Hurricane Katrina

From left to right are: UP Agent Socrates Garza, Laredo, TX,  NS Agent Rex Lawrence, Fort Wayne, Indiana, NS Agent Felix Turner, New Orleans, LA, NS Agent Ron Lubuck, Belview, IL, NS Agent Ron Bible, New Orleans, LA, UP Agent Darin Archer, North Little Rock, AR, UP Agent Steven Paddy, Houston, TX


Union Pacific Railroad Senior Special Agent  William "Bill" Meadows, San Antonio, TX, showing his badge made from a Cinco Peso coin.

Union Pacific Railroad Senior Special Agent Hazardous Materials Agent Silviano "Sil" Martinez assigned to Pocatello, UT.

Sil participated in several successful undercover narcotics operations during the 1980's .  He is pictured in the first photo with his good friend and undercover operative Agent Paul Miller.

Left to right are pictured: Union Pacific Railroad Senior Special Agent Billy "Bubba" Barefield, Monroe, LA, Betsy Williams with Operation Life Saver, Baton Rouge, LA and Senior Special Agent James "Jim" Herring.

The three pose after a Crossing Accident Reduction Education "CARE" program in Monroe, LA

Railroad Tie Fire in St. James, LA in March 2002

Investigation into the cause of the fire being handled by Special Agent Toby Trevett and St. James Parish Sgt. George Granier.

Burglaries of containers on stack trains are a huge problems for all railroads.  Multi-million  dollars of freight are stolen from these containers each year. 

Special Agents conduct surveillance on these trains when they stop in high crime areas. 

Some railroads have Special Operation Response Teams to solve these crimes.

The Union Pacific Dallas Division Special Agents conduct surveillance from the top of the Sears Building in Dallas, TX

Often when suspects burglarize trains they stash the stolen boxes in the weeds, wait for the train to depart, then come back at a later time to retrieve the stolen property.

July 1996

Union Pacific Railroad Senior Special Agent Terry Boudreaux stands with property stolen by an employee from trains out of the Livonia, LA yard.

Property later recovered from employee's residence.

Railroad tracks and right of ways are a common place for dumping and setting stolen cars on fire.

Left to Right standing in front of the 2002 Olympic Train are Union Pacific Railroad Special Agents

Supervisor Richard Carmen, North Little Rock, AR, K-9 Agent Kris Rickard, North Little Rock, AR, K-9 Agent Wally Hatfield, Memphis, TN

Railroad Special Agents are involved in criminal investigations when derailments are vandal caused.


Southern Pacific Railroad Special Agent Ross Jackson, Jr. stands in front of engine SP 4449 while stopped in Oakland. CA enroute to the Sacramento Jazz Fest

Early 1980s in Alexandria, LA

Top picture from left to right: Special Agents Jim Herring, Alexandria, LA, Thomas Carmichael, Avondale, LA, Jay Plummer, Shreveport, LA, Bubba Barefield, Alexandria, LA

Bottom picture from left to right: Thomas Carmichael, Glenn "Skinny" Grannan,  District Special Agent in charge, Avondale, LA, Jay Plummer, and unknown.

Unknown date and location

Believed to be Texas Rangers and Railroad Special Agents in West Texas

September 17, 2008 in Orange, TX

Suspects attempt to steal  generators being used to run railroad signals in aftermath of hurricane IKE.

Theft of generators is a major problem for the railroad police after hurricanes and during ice storms.

Graffiti on railroad signal cabinets, trains, bridges, and other places is not only a railroad problem but also a community problem.

Railroad Police actively investigate these crimes but need the help of citizens to solve them.

Marijuana is sometimes found illegally growing on railroad property.

These small plants are being protected from being eaten by small animals.

May 21, 1992

Union Pacific Railroad Special Agents along with Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotics Detectives and Louisiana State Narcotics Agent shown after eradicating 200 from RR property.

L to R: JPSO Lt. R. Gibbs, UP Regional Directory G. Grannan, LA State Police Pilot R. Krago, LA State Police Narcotics Agents G. Dier and K. Moore, UP Agent T. Boudreaux, LA State Police  Narcotics Sgt. V. Penouilh, JPSO Agent O. Orgeron, UP Regional Manager Paul Miller

April 2001 Houston Division Firearms training, Chase Field Firearms Range Beeville, TX

Standing L to R: Walter Hope, Houston, TX Gordon Spears, Houston, TX Terry Boudreaux, Avondale, LA, Jim Herring, Alexandria, LA, Mike Thomas, Houston, TX, Tommy Carmichael, Avondale, LA, Paul Miller, Avondale, LA, Jim Beatty, Houston, TX Dennis Wilmoth, Houston, TX, Richard Schneider, Houston, TX Robert Efird, Houston, TX, Bubba Barefield, Monroe, LA,

Kneeling L to R: Chester Peyton, Houston, TX, Toby Trevett, Avondale, LA, Tom Goscienski, Lake Charles, LA, Jim Watson, Livonia, LA, Robert Ray, Houston, TX, Robert Langford, Houston, TX


Smith and Wesson  357 Magnum model 19 carried by Special Agent Paul A. Miller while he was a New Orleans Police Officer.

This weapon was stolen out of his Union Pacific Railroad police unit on December 7, 1989 and recovered from a pawn shop 10 years later.


Appears to be two different law enforcement groups and possibly the train crew

During the 1970s the Southern Pacific Railroad Police Department sent out safety reminders to their officers. 

This one advises to keep on searching a suspect after finding a weapon because he may have several more.

August 29, 1900 Union Pacific Train No.3 Tipton, Wyoming

Railroad Express Car blown up with dynamite during a robbery

June 2, 1899

Six masked men robbed the Union Pacific Overland Flyer No. 1 near Wilcox, Wyoming

The bandits used a little too much dynamite to blow open the safe.  This explosion blew the express car apart.

The bandits made their escape with $50,000 in cash and gold.

Members of the Wild Bunch are believed to be responsible for this robbery.


May 4, 1992 Laredo, TX

Members of the original Special Operations Response Team for the Union Pacific Southern Region

L to R: Joe Spencer, San Antonio, TX, Gilbert Maldenado, Laredo, TX, Ed Fedrick, Shreveport, LA, Billy "Bubba" Barefield, Monroe, LA, Landon McDowell, Dallas, TX., Toby Trevett, Avondale, LA

During the 1970s the Southern Pacific Railroad Police Department sent out safety reminders to their officers. 

This one reminds Agents  about proper handcuffing.

 Train burglars sometime use grinders or bolt cutters to cut the hasp to gain entry into train containers

Theft of air horns from locomotive engines is a common problem for railroads.  They are usually resold to truckers.

It cost the railroads  $300 to $600 dollars to replace and by Federal Law  the engine without a horn cannot be used as a lead engine on a train.

Different railroad passes belonging to Captain "Jack" John Kinney

He later became the Chief of the ATSF Railroad Police and the first President of the International Railroad Detective and Special Agent Association in 1896

(Picture courtesy of John Kinney)

February 1, 2007

Metro New Orleans Railroad Police meeting in Avondale, LA with Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration and Louisiana State police.

Standing L to R: Amanda Loyd, TSA, Morris Evans, CN RR, Leslie Parker, LA State Police, Mario Reyes, BNSF RR, Jeff Pennebaker, KCS RR, Paul Miller, UP RR, Paul Crescioni, Amtrak

Kneeling L to R: David Walker, TSA, AJ Victor, CSX RR, Ken Heier, BNSF RR

Union Pacific Railroad Senior Special Agent Jim Herring on left, presents Louisiana State Trooper Scott Coco (President of Troop E's "I Wish" Foundation) with a $1000 donation from the Union Pacific Railroad.

All railroads are greatly involved in many different charities throughout the United States.


Delaware and Hudson Railroad Police Department

(Picture courtesy of Chip Greiner)

May 22, 1996

Chip Greiner displaying his railroad police badge and artifact collection at the Police Memorial in Washington, DC

Association of American Railroads pamphlet educating youngsters and their parents about the dangers of trespassing on railroad tracks

1965 pass for Patrolman E.P. Slimmer with the Pennsylvania Railroad

(Picture courtesy of Chip Greiner)

1969-70-71 pass for Widow of Patrolman E.P. Slimmer with the Penn Central Railroad

(Picture courtesy of Chip Greiner)

The theft of track materials is a huge problem for railroads.

Items such as new and used railroad ties, tie plates, anchor bars are some of the items generally stolen.


New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority card

(Picture courtesy of Chip Greiner)

I.D. for Detective Captain August E. Greiner with the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway

(Picture courtesy of Chip Greiner)

Interesting book by Don Denevi

He writes about many of the Great Western Train robberies.

It is one of the only books that mentions the individual railroad special agents involved in the investigations.

Union Pacific Railroad Senior Special  Agent Roger Quinonez with K-9 Rocky, El Paso, TX

Agent Quinonez was awarded the Union Pacific Police Department's Purple Heart after being seriously wounded while affecting an arrest.

In September 2008, Quinonez became involved in a foot pursuit of a trespasser in a high crime area along the Mexican border.  He caught the subject, however, was stabbed in the leg while trying to handcuff him.  The trespasser was later booked with aggravated assault on a police officer and Agent Quinonez made a full recovery from his injuries.

A Railroad rock throwing case in Dethan, Alabama on March 21, 1925

Notice the punishment.


Chris Walthall and his dad Joe are the only father/son team working as Special Agents for the Union Pacific Railroad today.

Joe started his railroad career in August 1981 with the Missouri Pacific Railroad in Texarkana, TX.

Chris started his railroad police career in December 2005 with the Union Pacific Railroad in North Little Rock, AR.


In the mid 1900s Railroad Police used these boxes and boards to fingerprint their arrested subjects and all new employees.

The box on the top left was used by A.L. Cox and H.L. Smith when they were the only Special Agents working for the Texas Pacific Railroad in Louisiana.

The box to the top right was used by Agents with the St. Louis Southwestern Railway.

The board on the bottom was used by Agents with the Missouri Pacific Railroad.

Special Agents up until the 1980s used a box similar to this or some type of canvass bag to hold their tools, seals, wires, nails, and bolts.

The T-shaped tool was used to twist a wire (shown) in the hasp of containers as added protection.

The pipe type tool is hollow with holes on both ends.  This was used to corkscrew  long nails (shown) into the hasp of boxcars to add protection usually on beer cars.  This tool was also used to bend carriage bolts in hasp, also as added protection.

The row of seals on top is what took the place of adding wires and nails to protect customers shipments from theft.

The one on the top is called a cable seal. 

The one to the left is a translock, usually used on auto carriers.

The yellow one and silver one are bolt seals.

The one to the far right is a carriage bolt.  This bolt is being applied to most container loads.

These are the most common tools used by railroad burglars.

Chief Special Agent John H. Burnett of the Rock Island Lines from 1019-1920.  See his badge in the Badge photo area.

(Picture courtesy of Chip Greiner)

Southern Pacific Railroad cop with star pinned to his sweater (unknown location and date)

(Picture courtesy of Chip Greiner)

Early Cabinet card of Erie Railroad  Policeman Charles Philitias taken in 1906 in Jersey City, NJ.

A cabinet card is an early black and white photo that was glued to an ornate paper backing or matt.

(Picture courtesy of Chip Greiner)

Early cabinet card photo taken by Cole Studios of Erie Railroad Policeman Anthony P. Griffin in 1912.

(Picture courtesy of Chip Greiner)

Early 1930's two piece credential set of Pennsylvania Railroad Policeman John R. Logue.

(Picture courtesy of Chip Greiner)

Early Cabinet photo of Chicago Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad Policeman wearing a very large 6 point star badge.  Although the young officers name is unknown, the image was taken at the John Arthur Studio Montevideo, Minnesota in 1895.

(Picture courtesy of Chip Greiner)

Top card dated 1913 belonging to Superintendent C.H. Hiner of the Adams Express Company



Bottom card dated 1914-1915 belonging to Special Agent J.A. Jester of the S.A.L. (Seaboard Air Line) Railway.

Carrizo Gorge Railroad Police Poster

(Picture courtesy of Chief Marc Langlais, Carrizo Gorge Railroad Police)

Carrizo Gorge Railroad Police presentation

(Picture courtesy of Chief Marc Langlais)

Carrizo Gorge Railroad tunnel on fire

(Picture courtesy of Chief Marc Langlais)

Two staff members of the Carrizo Gorge Railroad Police participating in fire training with the California Department of forestry.

(Picture courtesy of Chief Marc Langlais)

Carrizo Gorge Railroad Police fighting California wild fires

(Picture courtesy of Chief Marc Langlais)

Carrizo Gorge Railroad Police receiving firearms training.

(Picture courtesy of Chief Marc Langlais)

A 1963 Southern Pacific Company Phone Directory. These pages show the listings for all the SP Special Agents by their assigned duty station.

Click on the open directory to enlarge.


(Courtesy of  Clint Stade)

A railroad special agent comes across a pile of tires on fire next to the right of way.

Unfortunately, illegal dumping is all too common on roads next to railroad right of ways. 

If not caught in time, these fires can spread to the tracks. Additionally, the smoke and fumes may be hazardous to train crews passing in the area.


2005 Operation Lifesaver in San Diego. Participating agencies were Carrizo Gorge Railroad Police, San Diego Harbor Police, and BNSF Railroad Police.

A "cloned" Union Pacific truck used to transport over 800 lbs of Marijuana.

This truck was stopped by Customs and Border Protection in May of 2009..

It had magnetic Union Pacific emblems on the doors and yellow reflective tape on the sides and the hood and registered to an individual in San Antonio, TX.

Criminals have cloned many different companies vehicles to transport their illegal drugs. 

Union Pacific Senior Special Agent Billy "Bubba" Barefield with Louisiana Governor Mike Foster during the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia in 2000

Vandalism is a major problem for all railroads across the country.  All windows on this engine were rocked by vandals.

Because of the damage, this engine cannot be used as a lead engine until the windows are replaced.

Crossing accidents affect not only the  people who are involved in the accident but also the crew members.  All involved are normally changed for life.

Railroads are spending much time and money to find ways to educate the public, enforce traffic laws, and support crossing photo enforcement in communities, in an attempt to save lives.

Union Pacific Railroad Special Agents participating in their quarterly Defensive Tactics Training in Alexandria, LA in June 2009

Top left to right are:

Paul Miller and Toby Trevett from Avondale, LA. Clint Stade from San Antonio, TX (Trainer)

Bottom left to right are: Steven Paddy (Trainer) from Houston, TX  and Jim Herring from Livonia, LA

1997 Long Island City, NY near R Tower

Amtrak Railroad Police Officer Joe Zawacki with K-9 Storm and Officer David Young (on left)

1989 Oakland, California

Four Southern Pacific Railroad Police Officers with K-9 standing in front of  SP 4999.

Left to Right are Officers Jackson, Cobette, Cooksey, and Meyers.

April 5, 1985

Louisiana POST Firearms Instructor Graduation Class

Class included State and Local Agencies as well as Railroad Police.

Southern Railroad Special Agent Warren Atkinson shown standing directly behind uniform female officer on the front row.  He was the first Railroad Police Officer to become a Louisiana POST Firearms Instructor.


Union Pacific Railroad Director of K-9 Operations Terry Uetrecht, Corpus Christy, TX, retired in September 2009 after 31 years of service.  He started his Railroad Police  career with the Missouri Pacific Railroad in 1978.  Terry is widely respected as K-9 Instructor throughout the entire law enforcement community. 

Top Picture left to right are Karen Kuehnel, UP Senior Special Agent K-9 handler, Colton, CA, Terry Uetrecht,  and Andrea Young, UP Senior Special Agent K-9 handler, Stockton, CA.

Bottom is Captain Adrian Hernandez, Los Angeles, CA with Terry.


Union Pacific Railroad Senior Special Agent K-9 II, Karen Kuehnel, assigned to Colton, California, with  K-9 Tali..

Karen started her law enforcement career in 1986 with the San Bernardino Police Department.  She was hired with the Union Pacific Railroad in 2000 in Los Angeles.  In 2003 she became a K-9 handler.  In 2004, Karen and Tali were transferred to the Colton Division where she was later promoted to Senior Special Agent K-9 II.

Karen is also an  instructor in firearms, Verbal Judo, DARE, CARE, Operations Lifesaver and CPR and is the Field Training Officer for her region.

K-9 Tali was named from the Cherokee language meaning two. 

Great Northern Railway Chief Special Agent Alton G. Ray with badge and gun, a single action Colt .45

Railroad Police from the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad

Newark, Ohio 1903

Peace Commissioners of Dodge City, Kansas in the early 1870's.  Batt Masterson pictured at one point during his career worked as a Special Agent for the ATSF Railroad.

Top row left to right:

W.H Harris, Luke Short, Bat Masterson,

Bottom row left to right:

Charley Bassett, Wyatt Earp, MF McLean, Neal Brown.


Inspector Joel S. Hindman with the Northern Pacific Railway Police.

Southern Pacific Railroad Police Commemorative handgun a Smith and Wesson Model 66-2 357 Magnum.

Santa Fe Railroad Police during firearms training in Alvin, Texas, October 1980.

Front row left to right:

Houston Special Agents, Barret Hatches, R.A. Davis, David Vaughn and Harold T. Hewlett.

Back row left to right:

Houston Assistant Division Special Agent Jerry Western, Houston Special Agents Billy M. Pitzer, Robert F. McCutcheon, Temple Special Agent Don R. Hankins, Somerville Special Agent Howard Sommerfeld, Houston Special Agent Jim Frankle and Silsbee Assistant Division Special Agent Jeff Ferguson.,


The Erie Railroad's Finest - Railroad Police, Fire and Safety Forces

From the November, 1926 issue of Erie Magazine:

Erie's Police Department is as Good as they Make 'Em

In this number of the Magazine are shown pictures of a dozen members of the Erie Railroad Police department, six of whom serve in the New York Region, three in the Ohio Region and three in the Chicago Region.

A fine-looking, clean-cut group of men that will compare favorably in appearance with a similar group of "the finest" anywhere. They are, indeed, typical of the other members of the Erie Police department, wherever stationed.

In these days of bold depredations by thieves and crooks that do not hesitate to "shoot on sight," a railroad policeman has to be a man of nerve and daring. He must not only be utterly fearless but must possess probity and sound and mature judgment, to circumvent criminals and safeguard the company's interests. "A policeman's lot is not a happy one," said W. S. Gilbert many years ago. It is an extremely dangerous one nowadays when bandits have not the slightest regard for human life.

Getting down to brass tacks, the individual records of the Erie officers whose photographs are given in this issue of the Magazine are:



L. McGuill

L. McGuill, chief; entered service as captain Jan. 1, 1918; promoted to inspector March 1, 1918; furloughed Oct. 15, 1918, to take charge of terminal special squad, U. S. government; returned to Erie Railroad as chief of police March 1, 1920.


4 Erie Railroad Police Officers

Sergeant Henry Zieran: aged 39; entered service Feb. 9, 1920.

Sergeant Chester Ottinger; age 27; entered service April 13, 1925.

Patrolman William Buckles; age 28 ; entered service April 25, 1923.

Patrolman John Watkins; age 33; entered service Dec. 19, 1924.

Patrolman Joseph Koning; age 43; entered service April 3, 1919.



Walter Redman

Walter J. Redman (above); entered service of Erie at Galion, O., April 28, 1904, as patrolman; promoted to lieutenant, July 19, 1905; promoted to captain at Jersey City, Jan. 1, 1908; promoted to chief, lines west, March 15, 1913; appointed chief of police, Ohio Region, March 1, 1920.


John W. Holt

John William Holt (above); entered service of Erie, Feb. 4, 1916, as patrolman at Jersey City; steward in Dining Car department, trains 5 and 6, March 1 to Dec. 1, 1917; transferred to Police department, lines west, and stationed at Youngstown as detective sergeant, Dec. 1, 1917; resigned April 15, 1918; re-employed April 2, 1919, as patrolman at Youngstown; promoted to sergeant, March 10, 1919; appointed lieutenant, Dec. 16, 1919; appointed lieutenant, chief's staff, Youngstown, April 1, 1920; appointed inspector of police, Ohio Region, Sept. 16, 1925.


Joseph Mayer

Joseph Herman Mayer (above); entered service of Erie as patrolman at Mansfield, O., April 23, 1913; promoted to sergeant at Cleveland, July 1, 1913; promoted to inspector at Youngstown, Nov. 15, 1917; appointed chief, Hornell Region, March 1, 1920; sergeant, Mahoning division, June 16, 1923; promoted to division sergeant, Youngstown, Aug. 15, 1925; appointed lieutenant, staff of chief of police, Ohio Region, at Youngstown, Sept. 16, 1925.



D.L. Sturrock

D. L. Sturrock (above): age 42; entered service of Erie, May 26, 1913, as yard watchman, Meadville, Pa.; promoted to patrolman at Meadville, June 16, 1913; promoted to sergeant at Kent, O., April 20, 1914, and the position being abolished, Aug. 1, 1914, appointed patrolman at Kent; promoted to sergeant at Meadville Oct. 1, 1914; made captain, Nov. 15, 1914; promoted to inspector of police at Youngstown, March 1, 1920; became chief of police, Chicago Region, Sept. 6, 1925.


J.O. Sheets

J.O. Sheets (above); age 29; entered service of Erie as patrolman, July 13, 1920; appointed sergeant, Dec. 5, 1920; promoted to lieutenant at Chicago, Aug. 16, 1922; appointed sergeant at Lima, O., April 25, 1925; transferred to Chicago as sergeant, Dec. 1, 1925.


C.L. Ramsey

C.L. Ramsey (above); age 41; entered service of Erie as patrolman at Akron, O., May 10, 1919; appointed sergeant of police at Mansfield, O., June 1, 1920.



Problems of Railroad Police
By L. McGuill, Erie Chief of Police, Jersey City

In comparing the railroad Police departments of today with those in existence during the period of federal control of the railroads, a marked improvement will undoubtedly be observed. During the World war, there was a great demand for labor, high wages in war industries were the rule, railroad yards and terminals were congested, and millions of men were going into the United States service, making the police problem more difficult to handle than it is now.

In that time of rush and excitement the freight car operator (car thief) was especially active. Silks, clothing and the finer grades of metal, shipped by rail, were in demand in the underworld and ready receivers of stolen goods could always be found. Today the former railroad car thief is apparently confining his attention to bootlegging, as more fascinating and profitable.

At the termination of federal control of the railroads we probably had in the Erie police service on what is known as the New York Region nearly double the number of men we now have. In one office, fifteen men were engaged in investigating car robberies. Today we are doing more efficient work with four men. Large thefts were then an almost daily occurrence, and to combat them additional men were taken on, many of them incompetent. We have not only brought the former record of losses down to a minimum, but are able to find time to assist in other phases of railroad work. H. C. Barlow, Erie general freight claim adjuster, has figures showing that from January to July, 1918, robberies in one Erie railroad yard amounted to $250,000. At that time a ten-thousand-dollar robbery was a small matter, and it was nothing to see that amount of recovered cloth and silk piled up in one room. Stolen freight was recovered in many western cities. There was a theft of $35,000 in quicksilver which, rumor said, was conveyed by river pirates in a craft to a German submarine resting at a certain point in the New York harbor. There was much violence in those days. Men were shot in the back. An old man, protecting a railroad silk shipment, was beaten to death by a gang of thieves and left lying on top of a box car. Guns were tried out on him after his skull had been crushed with blackjacks.

In those days most applicants for railroad police duty walked away when assignment to certain thief-invested yards was mentioned. Others sought work simply for the opportunity to become looters themselves. There was little time for the investigation of records of "candidates" for jobs.

Today the Erie railroad yards are generally as peaceful as a flower garden. The old-time "car rattlers" have passed out of the picture. The epitaphs of a few have been written, while others are serving time in prison. More time and care are now given to the hiring of new men. Previous records are investigated and finger-prints taken, and it is not uncommon now for our policemen, after a time, to be chosen members of the police departments of first and second-class cities, and even to be appointed as chiefs of police in the smaller towns. The Erie police officer, when thoroughly educated in his duties, must have a practical head and use good judgment where rules cannot always be written for his guidance.

One of our most trying problems is that of combating the growing tendency of boys to trespass upon railroad property and engage in depredations. We are and have been doing considerable missionary work in visiting the parents of such boys, the schools and the churches, and pointing out the danger of walking on railroad tracks, tampering with railroad equipment, stoning moving passenger trains and the like. We are gradually bringing the public around to the point of view that we do not persecute but prosecute when prosecution is the only means of stopping the practices complained of. We feel we are entitled to the support of the public in our effort to curb the practices of the thoughtless or vicious juveniles.



From the October, 1926 issue of Erie Railroad Magazine:


Sgt. Lewis Bloom
Sergeant Lewis Bloom

A Man of Height and Brawn
A fine type of man is Lewis Bloom, of the Erie police force at Middletown, N.Y., 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 210 pounds.

Bloom is an ex-service man, having served three years in Co. K, First Pioneer infantry. He saw fourteen months of actual service in France, and was honorably discharged from the U.S. service, July 16, 1919, with the rank of sergeant.

Bloom entered the Erie Police department service on Sept. 20, 1924, and last June was promoted to sergeant. He is married and has three children.



From the May, 1910 issue of Erie Railroad Magazine:
Early issues of Erie Magazine often carried monthly summaries of arrests made by its police force. The following list of offenses detected by Erie Police - just the facts - comes from May, 1910:

Number of Arrests and Offenses:
320 - Train Riding
25 - Vagrancy
45 - Drunk & Disorderly
18 - Trespass
5 - Carrying Concealed Weapons
9 - Breaking & Entering
3 - Burglary
69 - Larceny
12 - Malicious Mischief
6 - Assault
13 - Receiving Stolen Property
3 - Stoning Trains
4 - Suspicion
4 - Drinking on Pass. Trains (Ohio)
1 - Insane
1 - Contempt of Court
1 - Perjury
1 - Deserter from US Navy
1 - Shooting with Intent to Kill
541 - Total

534 - Convictions
138 - Prisoners Fined
74 - Prisoners Sent to Jail
18 - Sent to the Penitentiary
21 - Held for Grand Jury
200 - Sentence Suspended
33 - Discharged with Reprimand
5 - Discharged
19 - Probation Officer
6 - Sent to the Reformatory
1 - Sent to the Asylum
1 - Turned Over to US Authorities

Number of Fares Collected 25
Amount of Fares Collected $29.02
Amount of Fines Paid $886.05
Other Money Collected $61.30
Value of Property Recovered $500.25

Time to be served - 19 years, 10 months, 25 days

Arrests By Division:
127 - Meadville Division
110 - Mahoning Division
105 - Delaware, Susquehanna, Allegheny, Bradford, Tioga, Jefferson & Wyoming Divisions
89 - Buffalo, Rochester and Niagara Falls Divisions
72 - New York Division
38 - Chicago & Erie

An example of the sorts of offenses follows:

"Tossing pig iron from trains on the Niagara Falls Branch, with intent to steal, caused Lawrence Nowacki, 15, and Nagalus Kalowski, 16, to fall into the hands of the probation officer, and others may be arrested. Conductor Healey, at the East Buffalo, NY depot, reported to two Erie officers May 1 that a gang had thrown about two tons of pig iron from some passing train. Going to the point indicated, near the N & C bridge, they saw the thieves piling up the iron. Giving chase, they succeeded in catching Nowacki, who later implicated Kalowski. One and a half tons of the iron was recovered."


At the time of the above report, the Erie Police were led by Gen. George J. Schoeffel. Click Here for biographical information.




Erie Railroad Police Patrolman in Jersey City 1907

(Pictures and information courtesy of Erie RR Police Magazine)

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Police Shoulder Patch

(Courtesy of William Caban)




New York, Susquehanna & Western Railroad Police Lieutenant Chip Greiner on patrol in the "WS" Little Ferry Yard in New Jersey

(Courtesy of Chip Greiner)


1970's Amtrak Police belt buckle

(Courtesy of William Caban)


Captain Bryan Bass and his K9 "Jager" with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Police

On November 21, 2004

Bass and Jager were conducting a surveillance on a train near 49th and California St. in Chicago, IL when two suspects were observed burglarizing the train.

Jager was released and grabbed one of the subjects.  This subject broke loose and jumped into a get away car.  As they were fleeing, it is believed that the suspects ran over and killed Jager.

A police memorial was held for Jager with a Chicago Police bagpiper participating along with other K9 officers from the area..


Southern Pacific Special Agent Owen McManus in 1928.

Agent McManus came to the aid of a fellow officer in the Sacramento Rail Yard in March 1938 when a deranged man had a gun pointed at his partner.  The suspect turned and shot McManus in the stomach.  McManus was able to return fire striking the suspect in the head before succumbing to his injuries.

(Picture courtesy of Lynn Beebe))

March 11, 1932

Missouri Pacific Railroad Special Agent Bernard Kelly and two other officers, observed a vehicle pulling out of a dead end where telephone wire had been reported stolen near Salem, Nebraska.  As the officers pulled up along side of the suspect's car the occupants opened fire striking and killing Agent Kelly.

The suspects were apprehended and plead guilty to second degree murder to avoid receiving the death penalty.

Kelly had 25 years service and is the grandfather of retired Union Pacific Regional Vice President Mike Kelly, Forman General Tim Kelly (Jenks Shops) and North Little Rock Yard Master Pat Kelly.

(Picture courtesy of Lynn Beebe)

July 7, 1924

Southern Pacific Railroad Special Agent James Nathaniel Malone discovered a Liquor smuggler between two rail cars near Ulvalde, Texas.  The subject immediately opened fire on Agent Malone striking him three times.  Malone returned fire striking the smuggler five times.  Both Agent Malone and the smuggler died from their injuries.

Agent Malone was 30 years old at this time.

(Picture courtesy of Lynn Beebe)

October 2, 1911

Southern Pacific Railroad Special Agent James Jebty "JJ" Pipes along with three other Special Officers were sent to Houston, Texas to assist with a strike by the railroad unions.  As Pipes entered the shop yard gates he was shot and killed.  It remains unclear if strikers shot Pipes or if he was accidentally shot by company guards.

Agent Pipes was 40 years old at the time of this incident.

(Picture courtesy of Lynn Beebe)


Chief Gerry Moody introduced this new patch (top) in 2007 for the Canadian Pacific Railroad Police Service

The bottom is a decal of the above patch.

(Courtesy of  Darwin Pearson of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)


Woodworth, Louisiana

The driver of the Hummer tried to escape from a US Marshall Task Force by driving for a long distance on the railroad tracks and hiding in the tree line.

 This subject was later apprehended on felony warrants and  additionally booked with  Aggravated Obstruction by driving on the railroad tracks.


Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Police

C.M. McElroy, Superintendent of Police, shown in the center of the photo.

(Courtesy of CSX Railroad Police retired Lt. Jim Fisher)

Identification Cards from Special Agent Gerald a. Reinhardt.

Reinhart started his Railroad career with the Erie Lackawanna Railway Police in Buffalo, NY in 1970.  From 1973 to 1988 he was a Patrolman with the Norfolk & Western RR. In 1988, he was promoted to Lieutenant in Cleveland, Oh.  1994 to 1999, he was a Senior Special Agent with the Norfolk Southern Railway Police.  From 1999 to 2001, he worked as a Casualty Claims Agent until his retirement.


Buffalo Terminal Association of Railway Police Certificate for Gerald Reinhardt.


Seaboard Coast Line Railroad Police Annual Meeting in Florence, S.C.

Pictured from left to right:

Chief L.C. Rowan, Jacksonville, Florida, Captain M.L. Fisher, Waycross Division, Waycross, Georgia, and Lt. W.H. Exum, Headquarters Staff, Jacksonville, Fl.


Operation LifesaverTrain operated by the CSX Railroad in Charleston, South Carolina. 

Pictured from left to right:

Special Agent D.R. Thomerson and wife Linda, Florence Division Chief M.L. Keadle, Waycross, Georgia, Assistant Director Joe McMahon, Headquarters, Jacksonville, Florida, and Special Agent J.R. Fisher, Charleston, South Carolina.

Underwood Typewriter used by Special Agents from the St. Louis Southwestern Railroad "Cotton Belt".

(Courtesy of SSW/SP/UP Special Agent Larry Nunn)

Memorial Wall for Railroad Special Agents killed in the line of duty.  This display is  located in the UP  Special Agents Office in Avondale, LA.

The earliest recorded Railroad Special Agent killed in the line of duty was in 1880.

Total recorded Railroad Police Line of Duty Deaths: 167

Assault: 5
Automobile accident: 4
Explosion: 1
Fall: 2
Gunfire: 123
Gunfire (Accidental): 4
Heart attack: 2
Stabbed: 4
Struck by train: 18
Train accident: 1
Vehicular assault: 3



Uniform worn by Southern Pacific Railroad Special Agents.

(Courtesy of UP Special Agent Larry Nunn)

Gun and badge case relative to those railroad making up what is presently the Union Pacific Railroad Police Department.

Display is located in the UP Special Agents Office in Avondale, LA.


Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Police Report on a Robbery of Merchandise in Bainbridge, Ga.

Two Special Agents established a surveillance because of recent thefts from the rail cars.  They watch as a male subject brakes into a rail car and later arrest him.

The subject is found guilty and receives a sentence of two years.

CSX Railroad Police News, Volume 6, Number 1, Winter-Spring 2001.

Below picture was displayed on back cover.

Left to right:

Special Agent Jay Snapp with K-9 "Cid", Ron Gremmillion, Director of Police, Special Agent Paul Forsyth with K-9 "Leska".

(Picture courtesy of Jim Fisher)

Railroad Police Riot Helmets used  during the 1960's.

Left to Right:

Southern Pacific Police riot helmet.

Missouri Pacific Police riot helmet.

During the 1980's, several of the railroads had their own Railroad Police Pistol Teams who competed against other Railroad Police Teams

These windbreakers are from the Union Pacific Railroad Police and Illinois Central Railroad Police Pistol Teams.

During the years around 2000, the Union Pacific established regional Special Operations Response Teams.

These teams were mostly used for conducting surveillance to apprehend criminals involved in major train burglary operations.



Las Vegas

Union Pacific Railroad Police Senior Staff Meeting including Lieutenants, Captains, Deputy Chiefs, Headquarters Personnel, and Chief Dennis Jenson


German Railroad Police Hat

Alaska Railroad Police Chief

Dan Frerich

Chicago Railway Special Agents and Police Association founded in 1905. 

This Railway Association is one of only several that are active in the United States.


Union Pacific Railroad Police Firearms Instructor Charlie Barnes on range at Joliet, Illinois conducting firearms training with Special Agent Rich Yaverski

January 1914

The Railway Special Agent and Police Magazine.

(Picture courtesy of Chip Greiner)


Center letter is reproduction of the original letter signed by the Railway President on the date of January 15, 1913 when the Canadian Pacific Police was formed with Rufus Chamberlin named as Chief of Police..   It is surrounded by a collection of CP Police badges.

(Picture courtesy of Darwin Pearson)

In the 1960's the Canadian Pacific Railway Police created a "Security" Branch so sworn police members could be freed up for police duties.  This unit reported directly to the CP Police, however, was disbanded  in the early 1990's.

(Picture courtesy of Darwin Pearson)

Canadian Pacific badge style was issued for approximately 30 years prior to the current issue.  There are a few slightly different versions of this style with globe in the center to show Canadian Pacific "spanned the world" during this period with their airline and steam ships.

Canadian Pacific Police members were present not only on the railway but in CP hotels, CP Airlines, CP ships, and CP Transports.

(Picture courtesy of Darwin Pearson)

Canadian Pacific Railway Police shoulder patches used during the period of the "globe" badge design.

(Picture courtesy of Darwin Pearson)

Badges, dog collar for the Canadian Pacific Railway Police dated before the 1960's.

(Picture courtesy of Darwin Pearson)

Canadian Pacific Railway Police forage cap was worn during part of the "globe" design period.  The current forage hat is all black.

(Picture courtesy of Darwin Pearson)

Canadian Pacific Railway Police current issue of hat badge, shoulder patch, and breast patch.  the badge was issued in the early 2000's and the patch more recently.

(Picture courtesy of Darwin Pearson)

Display of Canadian Pacific Railway Police badges, pins, and patches.

(Picture courtesy of Darwin Pearson)

International Association of Railway Police Certificate of Membership issued to Darwin Pearson on January 1, 2001.

(Courtesy of Darwin Pearson)

Early 1960's

Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Company Property Protection Department Officers.

Front row, left to right:  J.M. O'Briant, Sergeant; M.L. Fisher, Captain, C.Harper, Sergeant; C.S. Howell, Sergeant; H.D. Stanley, Captain; W.S. Ridout, Captain.

Back row, left to right:  C.M Bradham, Captain; W.H. Exum, Sergeant; W.E. Loyd, Captain; next two unknown (possibly members of claim department); LC. Rowan, Captain (promoted to Chief in 1968); J.C. Clements, Captain.

British Transport Police helmet and authentic police whistle.

(Courtesy of Darwin Pearson)

November 21, 2009

Letter from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies to CSXT Railroad Police Chief William Laubenheimer commending him on his agencies successfully completing the Accreditation process on this date.

November 21, 2009

CSXT Railroad Police Chief William "Bill" Laubenheimer and Commander Jackie Litzinger receiving the CALEA award for Law Enforcement Accreditation.

Only 5% of all law enforcement agencies have received Accreditation.

CSXT Railroad static display representing the wide variety of programs that they are involved in.

(Picture courtesy of Bill Labenheimer)


CSXT Railroad Police at the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh, PA.

Front row left to right: Ted Szalay (Cleveland, OH), Commander Larry Weigand (Philadelphia, PA), Ken Peters (Grafton, WV), Rich Hannigan (Kearney, NJ), Don Egan (Toledo, OH), Ryan McInerney (Detroit, MI), Commander Jerry Lewandowski (Buffalo, NY), and Tony Pruitt (Memphis, TN)

Back row left to right: Don Oker (Cleveland, OH), Steve Studenc (Columbus, OH), Gary Gawronski (Buffalo, NY), Steve Farkas (Kearney, NJ), John Popma (Detroit, MI), Ron Hartman (Buffalo, NY).

(Picture courtesy of Bill Laubenheimer)


CSXT Police Department Presidential Inauguration Special Detail in Washington, DC

(Picture courtesy of Bill Laubenheimer)

CSX Railroad Police 20 man Rapid Response Team conducting training. 

(Picture courtesy of Bill Laubenheimer)

September 1, 1949 Superintendent of Police R.H. Taylor with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Police and his staff picked up thirteen brand new vehicles from the Detroit Factory.  Eight of these vehicles are equipped with mobile telephones that permits the officer in charge of the car to communicate instantly with Headquarters.

(Picture courtesy of Travis Harry)

New pistol range for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Police shown in the December 1949 issue of the B&O Railroad Employee Magazine.

General Superintendent of Police H.L. Denton is first from the left.

Range is located in the basement of the Produce Building on sharp Street.

(Picture courtesy of Travis Harry)

2010 Olympic Detail in Vancouver, Canada

Left to right:

Amtrak Sgt. Mark Matthews, Amtrak K-9 Officer Alissa Caccioli with K-9 "Eva", BNSF Special Agent Al Nelson, and Amtrak Officer Thomas.

Identification cards, helmet, patch, and badge for Southern Railway Special Agent G.D. Thornton assigned to their Birmington, Alabama Field Office.

(These are from a collection of obsolete items collected by J.T. Wellershausen of Germany)

Atlantic Coast Line Railroad pass for Mrs. C.W. Deane, the wife of retired Sergeant of Police.  Signed by ACL RR President W.T. Rice.

(Courtesy of Jim Fisher)

1973 Seaboard Coast Lines Property Protection meeting.

Left to right:

Special Agent Willard Murray,  Augusta, GA; Special Agent  Lacy Sidbury,  Charleston, SC;  Lieutenant John Harvey,  Florence, SC;  Captain H.A. Lanier,  Florence, SC;  Chief of the SCL Property Protection Dept. L.C. Rowan;  Lieutenant Bill Exum,  Jacksonville, FL; Mike Romine, Greenville, SC.

(Courtesy of Jim Fisher)

CSX Police Patches.

Left to right:

Top row:

Rapid Response Team patch, regular CSX Police patch, Subdued CSX Police patch,

Bottom row:

CSX Counter-Terrorism patch, small subdued patch, small CSX Police patch.

(Courtesy of Jim Fisher)

Allan Pinkerton on left with President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War.  Pinkerton is credited with saving Lincoln's life during an assassination attempt in Baltimore, Maryland. 

He started his railroad career in the late 1840's when he was hired by the Rock Island, the Galena & Chicago Union Railroads (the latter to be incorporated into the Chicago & North Western Railroad), and the Illinois Central Railroads.

He is also known as the "Father of the Railroad Police."


May 2010

Joint Railroad Traffic Enforcement Operation with the following agencies: Union Pacific Railroad, Canadian National Railroad, KCS Railroad, Louisiana State Police, St. John Parish S.O., St. James Parish S.O.,, St. Charles Parish S.O., and Kenner Police Department.

Top Picture from left to right

Special Agent Morris Evans, CN RR, Brad McGlothren, Law Enforcement Liaison, Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, . Mike Folse, St. Charles Parish S.O., Sgt. Russell Moran, Kenner P.D., Master Trooper Chris Maruin, Louisiana State Police, Captain Troy Cassioppi, St. John Parish S.O., Deputy Chief Jeff Pennebaker. KCS Railroad Police, Lt. Paul Miller, Union Pacific Railroad Police

Canadian Pacific Railroad Police Station in Calgary Alberta, Canada

Young R.P. Steen who later became the Chief of the Erie Railroad in 1946.


Back of postcard says: Mrs. R.P. Steen-Chicago Division, C&O R. R., Liberty St., Cincinnati, Ohio.


The following group of pictures from Lori Baker Augenstein, the great-granddaughter of Edward Grady Fulcher who was a Railroad Policeman for the Erie Railroad and the Cincinnati and Ohio Railroad. 

If you have any information to better describe these pictures, please let me know.

This picture is of Fulcher  in the early 1920's in an early Erie Railroad Police uniform.

E.G. Fulcher working as Railroad Detective for the Cincinnati and Ohio Railroad in 1924.  Note the badge is an early 1900's 5 point star.


E.G. Fulcher in Erie Railroad Police uniform at Marion, Ohio. 


Marion, Ohio

Erie Railroad Police

E.G. Fulcher is possibly 2nd row 1st on left.

Unknown Cincinnati & Ohio Railroad Police Officer on the left and other two are Erie Railroad  Police taken in the Marian, Ohio Rail Yard.  These two railroads shared a railyard at this location.

E.G. Fulcher squatting.

Mid to late 1930's

Marion, Ohio

Mixture of Cincinnati & Ohio Railroad Police and Erie Railroad Police

EG Fulcher fourth from left.


Marion, Ohio

Erie Railroad Detectives appear to be investigating a boxcar burglary.  Note rope ladder used to climb into car.

EG Fulcher in right side of picture.


Marion, Ohio

Erie Railroad Police Sergeant on top of a boxcar securing rope latter.

Possibly around WWII era.


Marion, Ohio

Two Erie Railroad Police Captains and one Lieutenant.

E.G. Fulcher on left in Railyard in December 1947.

E.G. Fulcher in uniform to left of Steam Engine attending the Erie Railroad Centennial Celebration in Marion, Ohio.

CSX Railroad Special Agent Shelby Nease.

July 18, 1989 Nease was overpowered and beaten to death by four wire theft suspects in Harlan, Kentucky.

All four suspects in this case were apprehended and convicted of various charges in connection with his murder.  One of the suspects was sentenced to 40 years in prison.  The other three received lighter sentences.

In August 2007, one of the suspects who had been released from prison was electrocuted and died while attempting to steal copper wire fro an electric utility pole in Harlan County, Kentucky.

Shelby Nease served as a CSX Railroad Special Agent for 18 years and had previously served with the Kentucky State Police.



Illinois Central Railroad Patrolman William H. Drumm, Sr.  retires after 42 years of service in New Orleans, LA

He started his railroad police career in 1920 and retired at the age of 67.


Members of the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad Police.

Front row left to right:

Special Agent Jim A. Bell, Lt. R.A. (Bob) Bridges, Special Agent Mike L. Romine, Captain Billy W. Hill, Special Agent Al W. Oxford, General Inspector Walt E. Sullins-L&N RR, Captain Hayward F. Summerlin, Captain William A. Tolbert, Jr., Special Agent Bill Pittman.

Back row left to right:

Special Agent in Charge Doyle L.Wicker, General Inspector C.B. Godwin-L&N RR, Chief of Property Protection Linwood Rowan, Captain H. A. Lanier, Lt. John R. Harvey, Jr., Special Agent in Charge J.E. Currie, Special Agent Lige Corbett, III-Georgia Railroad.


Members of the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad Police Department, Florence, S.C.

Left to right:

Special Agent Archie Turner, Special Agent Tony Pruitt, Captain M.L. Fisher, Special Agent Jim Fisher, Lieutenant J.r. Harvey, Jr., Special Agent Mike Romine, lieutenant C.S. Howell.


2001 Collinsville, IL

Terminal Railroad Police after firearms training.

Left to right:

Chief of Police George Muraski, Jr., Sgt. Jerald Lamkin, Special Agent Billy Hill, Special Agent Dennis Meinhardt, Special Agent Jerry Jeffries, Special Agent Art Herweck, Special Agent Nathan Branding, Special Agent Alex Wren and Special Agent Rich Palmisano.


As of 2009 there are nine railroads that make up the Missouri & Illinois Railroad Police Association

  Alton & Southern, Amtrak, BNSF, CNIC, CSX, Norfolk Southern, Terminal Railroad of St. Louis, KCS, UP.



Great Northern Railroad Special Agent William "Bill" Pelozzi who was the last GN RY police officer to walk the Hillyard Complex yards and shops in Spokane, Washington. His career as a Railroad Special Agent spanned from 1968 to 1995.

He walked the 10.7 miles each shift between the hours of 7 PM to 3 AM.  This was a very high crime area second only to Black Eagle Montana.

The first picture was taken of Agent Pelozzi in 1968 after the 10.7 mile beat in Hillyard Washington.

Second picture, Agent Pelozzi  is on scene investigating the cause of an Amtrak Derailment.

Third picture, 1984 Agent Pelozzi is chasing a felon who was stealing radios from the inside of the shipment of new autos in the "hell hole" at Yardley yard, Yardley, Washington..  The felon fell to his death while trying to jump from one auto carrier to another.  Picture taken by Conductor Scooter Miller.

Fourth picture, Shops and yards in Hillyard Spokeane, Washington.

Top picture is a Great Northern Railway Police handcuff pouch and holster. 

(2) picture is a GNRY Police holster.

(3) picture is a pair of handcuffs with GNRY inscribed on them used by Special Agent Bill Pelozzi in 1968.

(4) picture of early Iron Claw issued to GNRY Special Agnt G.M. Palmer in Spokane, Washington Hillyard Yard in March 1930

(5) picture of Iron Knuckles issued to GNRY Special Agent William Gordon of Tacoma, Washington between 1919-1928.

(6) picture of very early Tower Cuffs used by GNRY Special Agent Lee V. Williamson in Spokane, Washington Hillyard in October 1920

(7) pictures of rifles used by Special Agents with the Great Northern Railway Police.

(Courtesy of Bill Pelozzi)

August of 1985 Special Agent Bill Pelozzi handling hobo's in Britt, Iowa.


Picture on bottom left is "Frying Pan Jack: who was selected at the National Hobo Convention  as Hobo King.

(Courtesy of Bill Pelozzi)

November of 1990 Special Agent Bill Pelozzi meets with Union Pacific Senior Special Agent Jack McManigal in Spokane, Washington UP Yard.

They meet with and handle several trespassers.

(Courtesy of Bill Pelozzi)

Special Agent Bill Pelozzi meets with "Finlander, on the left, and Montana Cowboy on the right at a hobo camp. 

Below pictures are weapons confiscated from hobos during a one month period in June of 1987.

(Courtesy of Bill Pelozzi)

Demonstrators in Spokane, Wa protesting the movement of Trident Missile Trains.  These trains were believed to be carrying nuclear warheads to the Trident Submarine Base at Bangor, Washington..

Five Burlington Northern Special Agents protect this train with Special Agent Bill Pelozzi standing near the train on the left.

A total of 50 Railroad Special Agents and 20 Department of Energy Guards along with local law enforcement escorted this train from Texas to Washington.

Two gun turret cars were in the train consist with a 100 yard field of fire. 

(Courtesy of Bill Pelozzi)

The top pictured double barreled shotgun and the 1897 Winchester was used by Special Agent Bill Pelozzi while he was with the Great Northern Railway Police .

(Courtesy of Bill Pelozzi)

1897 Winchester shotgun with Northern Pacific markings.

Revolver was a Great Northern Express Messenger.

 (Courtesy of Bill Pelozzi)


Unique two brands on this Great Northern & Spokane Portland & Seattle Railway  Winchester 1892 Carbine.

This railroad was co-owned by the Great Northern Railway and the Northern Pacific Railway.

The large NPRY logo is an early Yellow Stone Park Line brand.

Also brand in stock of 1892 Winchester rifle of Northern Pacific Railway.

Express car Smith  Wesson early revolver.

(Courtesy of Bill Pelozzi)

Pistols used by Great Northern Special Agents during the late 1890's and early 1900's.

(Courtesy of Bill Pelozzi)

1899-1903 Harrington & Richardson. 22 caliber 5" barrel revolver with holster.  Badge on holster NP RR (Northern Pacific) Duluth.  The beadwork is of the Chippewa Indian Style.

(Courtesy of Mark Miller)




Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Police Shooting Team.

Top row left to right: Walt Zielinski, Bruce Finger, Kevin Keel,

Bottom row left to right: John Haley, Darrell Brown, Wally Smietanski


Members of the Southern Railway police force on the north side of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

(Courtesy of Gene Lewis)

October 2010

Article about Railroad Police in the Hemmings Motor News Magazine.


Jim Donnelly


Southern Railway Special Agent Betty Coody, one of the company's first woman police officers, is seen on the firearms range.

(Courtesy of Southern Railway)

May 12, 1940

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Police Sergeant showing the inside of a refrigerator boxcar, a place where riders hide.

(Courtesy of Travis Harry)

May 12,1940

 article in Sun Newspaper about Policing 240,000 miles of America's Railroad


C. Lamade

(Courtesy of Travis Harry)


Lieutenant Joseph Framme in his Pennsylvania  Railroad Police uniform

(Courtesy of Chip Greiner)


Grafton, West Virginia

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Police Joesph Framme

writing on bottom says "Easter Greetings, Love Dad 1940.

(Courtesy of Chip Greiner)

Joseph Framme's Pennsylvania RR Police Lieutenant badge and his Colt Official Police .38 caliber blue steel revolver (marked "P.P.R.Co.172" on the butt.

(Courtesy of Chip Greiner)

Late 1940's Baltimore and Ohio Railroad pass issued to Joseph's wife and listing him as a "Road Patrolman"

(Courtesy of Chip Greiner)

Joseph Framme's Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Police badge and his .32 caliber blue steel Colt revolver (marked B&) Rr-36" on the butt.

(Courtesy of Chip Greiner)



CSX Railroad Police Chief Bill Laubenheimer and CALEA Commissioner Detmar at the Accreditation Ceremony, Jacksonville Times Union Center.

January 2010



CSX Command amd Administrative Staff and Special Agents from across the system at the accreditation ceremony.



February 2010

CSX Active Shooting Training

Cecil Field, Jacksonville, FL

Left to right:

Special Agent Wally Piety, Chief Bill Laubenheimer, Technical Special Agent Reggie Johnson

September 12, 1983

Letter to

Paul A. Miller advising of accepted offer for employment as a Special Agent for the Missouri Pacific Railroad in New Orleans, LA.

American Police Beat

Jan/Feb 1998 Issue

Article on Railroad Police


Stephen D. Curran


April 2005

Metairie, LA

Three youths were playing "chicken" with an oncoming train when this subject decided to lay on the rail in front of the train.

The engineer put his train into "emergency" fearing they were going to run over the young boy.  This subject got up just as the train neared him and walked away laughing with his two buddies.

The conductor armed with is personal camera, video taped their actions.

Railroad Police were able to get a positive I.D. on these three and arrested them for trespassing.


Southern Pacific Railroad Special Agent Eveleigh Bollman Bates was killed on November 8, 1924.

It is believed that he fell from a boxcar while protecting wine shipments.

(Courtesy of Robert G Hammett)

September 8, 1935

Southern Pacific Railroad Special Agent Roderick Gordon was killed by a mental patient who viciously stabbed him to death.

Lloyd A. Dale was sentenced to die by hanging for this murder.  The execution was carried out on October 16, 1936,

(Courtesy of Robert G Hammett)

Southern Pacific Railroad Special Agent Malone was believed to have been killed in a shootout in Texas.

(Courtesy of Robert G Hammett)




A combination of Southern Pacific and Union Pacific Railroad Special Agent Academy Class in Oakland, California.

(Courtesy of Robert G Hammett)



A combination of Southern Pacific and Union Pacific Railroad Special Agent Academy Class in Oakland, California.

(Courtesy of Robert G Hammett)


1930 vintage Colt's Police Positive revolver in caliber .38 with 4" barrel.

 This weapon belonged to the Railway Express Agency and is marked as such on the backstrap.

(Courtesy of Thomas Carmichael)


Southern Pacific Railroad Special Agent Brice Wood was killed when he responded to a train rocking in east Oakland.

He was shot in the chest with a shotgun blast and died several days later.

(Courtesy of Robert G Hammett)


Believed to be Southern Pacific Railroad Chief and Staff.

(Courtesy of Robert G Hammett)



The story of the killing of Len Harris actually began on Monday, May 14, 1894, when Harris and fellow Southern Pacific Detective William Kelly arrived at the office of Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jesse Cope. The detective explained to cope that they had uncovered a plot to rob the Wells Fargo Express office at the railroad depot in Boulder Creek. One of the plotters, George Sprague, had come forward and informed the company that Anthony Azoff and another man were planning to hold up the express man on the night of the 15th. Since Azoff, a former Boulder Creek resident, knew Sheriff Cope, it was decided that the sheriff should not take part in the action because his presence in the area might tip off the schemers. Cope was to remain close to the telegraph in case he was needed later. 

The following afternoon Harris, Kelly and Constable Isaiah Hartman secreted themselves inside a box-car which had been placed in front of the depot. All three were heavily armed and Wells Fargo express agent William Gass had been forewarned of the possible robbery. 

At about 8 o'clock that evening three masked men approached the depot from the north. They were Azoff, the informant Sprague, and another man unknown to anybody but the gang leader. The latter two remained on the depot platform while Azoff continued on into the office. As he stepped through the door he pulled a fearsome looking 44-caliber pistol out from under his cloth coat. The robber ordered Agent Gass to open the safe and at the same time handed him a sack in which to place the money. Before the agent could comply, the three peace officers jumped out of the box-car with their weapons at the ready. Kelly and Hartman turned their attention to the two bandits on the platform, while Harris went in after Azoff. 

"You'd better surrender." He shouted, "I've got the drop on you." 

But Azoff remained calm and collected. Hardly changing his position he turned his pistol back under his arm and instantaneously fired two shots before making any move, which may have excited or alarmed Harris. Both bullets tore into the detective's mid-section and he fell forward groaning that he had been hit. 

Out on the depot platform, Kelly and Hartman had opened fire on the two remaining outlaws. For some unknown reason they had not been told that Sprague was an informant. So while bullets were flying all around him he threw up his hands pleading with them to hold their fire, screaming that he was on the officers’ side. Meanwhile the third desperado made his getaway into the darkness. 

After shooting Harris, Azoff bolted out the depot door, ran through the railroad yard heading in the direction of Bear Creek Road. Constable Hartman followed him for about a quarter mile blazing away with his shotgun. The fleeing robber returned the fire over his shoulder, squeezing off five shots before disappearing into the woods. Hartman went back to the depot, made Harris as comfortable as possible, and then telegraphed Sheriff Cope in Santa Cruz. Cope and Deputy Wright set out for Boulder Creek where they were met up with Hartman, and the three men started out on the trail of the gunman. 

Detective Harris was taken to the Morgan Hotel where he was tended to by Dr. Allen. The two bullets had passed through his abdomen tearing up some vital organs, so his wounds were pronounced as fatal. 

The following morning railroad Superintendent J. A. Fillmore sent a special engine and car down to Boulder Creek to carry Detective Harris to his home in Oakland. Accompanying him on the journey were his son Jack Harris and Doctors Allen and Morgan. He arrived at his home in the late afternoon and at 11:30 that night he lapsed into a coma and died. 

Leonard Harris 

Leonard Harris was born in upstate New York in 1828. He moved to California during the gold rush and by 1856 he was working as a lawman in Sacramento, serving both as constable and sheriff. During the construction phase of the Southern Pacific Railroad he was hired as a special detective and for many years he was chief of the detective division. 

Harris was always known as a brave and clever lawman. One of his best pieces of work happened while he was stationed in the Arizona Territory. The overland train was held up at Pantano, Pima County, and the treasure box and mailbags were stolen. Harris and a band of Indian trackers followed the robbers into a lava bed where the trail was lost. He found a place where the thieves had last camped. Among the ashes of their fire he found pieces of a charred newspaper that had been published in Oregon. With this slender lead he discovered that two men, a saloonkeeper in Silver City and a storekeeper in Benson, were subscribers to the paper. The rest of the evidence was easily obtained, and a tough named Gambler Bob was included in the gang that eventually got long terms in the Yuma Territorial Prison. In 1888 he pursued a gang that had committed a robbery on the Sonora Road in Arizona. He and Marshal Bob Paul were in charge of the posse, and Harris was always in the lead. The criminals had gone into the Sierra Madre Mountains in the middle of a blinding snowstorm. Besides the bad weather, there was always the chance of meeting Apache Indians. They finally came upon the bandits beyond Chihuahua and a pitch battle ended in the death of the four highwaymen. 

One day in Tucson, Detective Harris won the admiration of a trainload of tourists when he disarmed a drunken cowboy who was intimidating the passengers. He simply pulled the rifle out of the cowboy's hands and cursed him for being a fool, after which he turned him over to the local sheriff.At Alila, in the San Joaquin Valley, on September 4, 1891, he was on a train that was held up by the Sontag and Evans Gang. He had started to repulse the robbers when he received a wound in the back of the neck. He was never able to fully recover, as the doctors were unable to locate the bullet. As a result Harris' right arm was to remain partially paralyzed. 

Just prior to being called to Santa Cruz, Harris was investigating a robbery in Los Angeles. 

So this was the type of brave and courageous man who was buried on May 20th, 1894. Len Harris was a veteran of the Mexican War and one of the greatest lawmen in the history of the old west. He left a widow and two children.


May 15, 1894

Southern Pacific Railroad Detective Len Harris was shot during a train robbery in Boulder Creek.

His killer, Anthony Azoff was tracked down and arrest.  He was later found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging.

On June 7, 1895 Azoff was put to death for the murder of Special Agent Harris.

See Criminals Page for more details on:

The Pursuit and Capture;

 Anthony Azoff;

 The Trial and Execution;


(Courtesy of Robert G. Hammett)


Union Pacific Railroad Police investigated the theft of engine air horns. 

Leads led to a furloughed employee, however, there was not enough evidence to arrest him.  He was later captured on a KCS engine camera coming off the top of the engine with a set of stolen air horns.

UP and KCS Agents teamed up and went to his residence where they found this employee and two other subjects cleaning the air horns in this picture. 

The subjects were arrested and statements were obtained relative to where each of the horns were stolen from.

Pictured from left to right are:

Rob Orthell, KCS Mechanic, Paul Tampana, KCS Special Agent, Tim Epsey, UP K-9 Agent, Andy Pallor, BNSF Senior Special Agent.


  Southern Pacific Railroad Special Agent Brian Grady standing inside of a Southern Pacific Railroad Police Boxcar.

(Courtesy of Brian Grady)


 Southern Pacific Railroad Special Agents, Tucson Divison- in El Paso, TX

Front row left to right: Bill White, R.D. "Dale" Bray, Jerry Janosk,

Back row left to right: Brian Grady, Glenn Palmore, Captain Steve Abeyta.

(Courtesy of Brian Grady)


Southern Pacific Railroad Police from the Tucson Division.

Left to right:

Brian Grady, R. "Dale" Bray, TJ Monson.

(Courtesy of Brian Grady)

Believed to be an Atlantic Coastlines Railroad Police Detective Lieutenant.

Board above Lt's head shows "Cases Pending".

Both calendars show December 1931.

(Courtesy of Sam Bell)


Caboose Car fire

Frankford Avenue Yard

Philadelphia, PA

(Courtesy of Frank Cosgrove)


Sgt. Hugh McInaw

Formerly with the Reading RR Police, Conrail Police, retired from CSX Police.

(Courtesy of Frank Cosgrove)



Philadelphia, PA

Conrail Police Department Patrolman Michael Waters

(Courtesy of Frank Cosgrove)


Conrail Police Department Patrolman Frank Bass

Canine Instructor

(Courtesy of Frank Cosgrove)



Pennsylvania Police Academy Class

Patrolman Frank Cosgrove, Thomas Cleary, Walter Palmer, Joseph Malizzia and Sgt. Know Owsley

(Courtesy of Frank Cosgrove)




Conrail Police Sgt. Eugene Mackey

Formerly Pennsylvania RR Police, Penn Central RR Police

(Courtesy of Frank Cosgrove)



Philadelphia, PA

Conrail Police Sgt. William Anderson (Range Instructor)

Formerly Reading RR Police

(Courtesy of Frank Cosgrove)



Philadelphia, PA

Conrail Police Lt. Thomas McDonnell

Formerly Pennsylvania RR Police and, Penn Central RR Police

(Courtesy of Frank Cosgrove)




Philadelphia, PA

Conrail Police Sgt. Thomas Trainer

Former  Pennsylvania RR Police and Penn Central RR Police

retired as a Lieutenant

(Courtesy of Frank Cosgrove)



Philadelphia, PA

Conrail Police Lt. George Davison

Former  Pennsylvania RR Police and Penn Central RR police

(Courtesy of Frank Cosgrove)



Philadelphia, PA

Conrail Police Captain John J. McMahon

Former Pennsylvania RR Police and Penn Central RR Police

(Courtesy of Frank Cosgrove)



Philadelphia, PA

Conrail Patrolman Walter Palmer

Former Reading  RR Clerk

(Courtesy of Frank Cosgrove)



Philadelphia, PA

Conrail Patrolman Frank Cosgrove working the Army-Navy Football game.

Former Conrail Police and retired from Norfolk Southern

(Courtesy of Frank Cosgrove)



Philadelphia, PA

Conrail Patrolman James Nestor working at the Army-Navy Football game

Presently works with the New Jersey State Police

(Courtesy of Frank Cosgrove)



Philadelphia, PA

Conrail Patrolman William Feltwell

(Courtesy of Frank Cosgrove)



Philadelphia, PA

Conrail Patrolman Charles Clark working the Army-Navy Football game

Retired from the Norfolk Southern RR

(Courtesy of Frank Cosgrove)



Philadelphia, PA

Conrail Lt. Walter G. Rescoria

Former Pennsylvania RR Police and Penn Central RR Police.

Resigned to become Director-police , Guilford Transportation

(Courtesy of Frank Cosgrove)



Philadelphia, PA

Conrail Police Sgt. Albert Zitter

Former Pennsylvania RR Police and Penn Central RR Police

(Courtesy of Frank Cosgrove)



Philadelphia, PA

Conrail Patrolman Ronald Darby

Former Penn Central RR Police and retired from Norfolk Southern RR Police

(Courtesy of Frank Cosgrove)



Carving of a Special Agent of the past Chicago & Northwestern Ry Police.

 called "Shifty the railroad cop".

Made by
Wally Smietanski


Pearl River, MS

Derailment Investigation Course held by the National Railroad Police Academy at the Mississippi State Police Academy.

June 20, 2011

National Sheriff's Association Resolution recognizing Railroad Police as bona fide law enforcement officers in the United States

June 1985

Austin, TX

Signing of the Texas Railroad Police Officer bill

Back row left to right:

Unk BLE Legislature Representative, Ray Heerssen, Southern Pacific RR Police, Bill Morris, Houston Belt Terminal RR Police Chief, Mike Kelly, Missouri Pacific RR Police, Bryan Gray, Southern Pacific BRAC Rep, Ukn, Ukn.

Front row left to right:

Bill Bartow, Texas Railroad Association, J.R. Womack, KATY RR Chief, Rick Perry, Missouri Pacific Police Regional Director, Ted Hillis, ATSF RR Police, Ukn. Tony Padilla, MOW Rep


Texas Governor

Mark White

International Association of Chiefs of Police resolution supporting Railroad Police Officers access to the FBI Academy

(Courtesy of Jurgen Mohl)

Left to right:

Special Agent Pat Connell, Southern Express Company, William A. Pinkerton, and Assistant Special Agent Southern Express Company Sam Finley

(Courtesy of Wally Smietanski)

1985 C&NW Proviso Yard in Illinois

Lt. Phil Brankin

(Courtesy of Wally Smietanski)

The Remington Model 10-R, 12 gauge,  The "R" designation means it was originally manufactured as a riot gun: it has not had the barrel shortened to its current length.  This gun belonged to the Texas & Pacific Railway at new Orleans. They were introduced in 1908 and discontinued in 1929.

The three revolvers were used by Union Pacific Railroad Police.

The Smith and Wesson is a Military and Police model, Caliber .38 Special with a 5" barrel, manufactured in 1822. It was shipped on May 8, 1922,

The Colt's Police Positive Special, with the 5" barrel, is a .38 Special manufactured in 1921.

The Colt's Army Special with 4" barrel, is also a .38 Special made in 1922.

(Courtesy of Thomas Carmichael)

September 29, 2011

Union Pacific Senior Special Agent James N. Herring retirement party.

He worked 30 years for the MoPac and Union Pacific Railroads in Alexandria, Lake Charles, and Livonia, LA


Union Pacific Yard in Avondale, LA

Lt. Paul Miller standing between his older police unit, a 2002 Ford Explorer and his new 2006 Crown Victoria Police package


 December 1, 1977

North Western Railroad News

Article about Railroad Policewoman Dorothy Peck.


Dorothy is presently (2011) a Lieutenant with the Union Pacific Railroad Police in Chicago, IL

Dorothy hired on the CNW Railroad in 1974 promoted to Special Agent in 1989 and in 2000 to Lieutenant.


Bottom picture:


Dorothy as a CN&W Clerk in Chicago, IL


C&NW Chicago Yard

Special Agents Jim Magner and Lewis Samuels responding to a tire fire.

(Courtesy of Wally Smietanski)


Chicago Passenger Terminal

C&NW Special Agent Jim Wojtko patrolling the terminal.

(Courtesy of Wally Smietanski)







October 6, 2011

Manchac, LA

Mock Disaster Drill hosted by the Canadian National Railroad Police with the assistance of the Union Pacific Railroad Police and the Kansas City Southern Railroad Police and many other local, state and federal agencies.

Participating agencies:

Amtrak, FBI, ATF, Tangipahoa Parish Homeland Security, Tangipahoa Sheriff's Office, Tangipahoa School District, Louisiana State Fire Marshall, US Environmental Service, Oil Mop, Operation Life Saver, LA DOTD, City of Hammond Office of Emergency Management, Acadian Ambulance Service,  Manchac Fire Department,  Federal Railroad Administration, American Red Cross, Louisiana State Police, Tangipahoa Parish Coroners Office, Schneider National Trucking, Coopers Wrecking Service, Port Manchac

Bottom Picture:

CN RR Special Agent Morris Evans who coordinated this event with UP RR Special Agent Paul Miller.




Chicago Passenger Terminal

CN&W Special Agent Jim Magner speaking to suspect who was annoying commuters.

(Courtesy of Wally Smietanski)


Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe (A.T. &S.F.) Special Agent E.F. Phelan receiving training from the FBI in May 1947 in Kingman, Arizona.

Phelan retired in Carlsbad, CA.

(Courtesy of Suzi Terrell, Phelans grand-daughter)

The Legend of the "Hill" Badge


Chip Greiner

March 1953

North Western Newsliner Magazine Volume Eight Number Five

with article on Special Agents

(Courtesy of Bruce Finger)

December 2011

Alexandria, LA

Members of the Union Pacific Special Agents take a break during rifle training.  Agents are holding their new Colt M-4 with 11" barrel.

Back row left to right:

Tommy Carmichael (Investigator,  Avondale, LA), Robert Ray (Capt. Houston, TX), Paul Miller (Lt. Avondale, LA), Terril Vandergriff (Investigator, Lake Charles, LA)

Front row left to right:

Bubba Barefield (Sr. S/A Monroe, LA), Steven Paddy (Firearms Instructor, Houston, TX) Toby Trevett (Sr. Hazmat S/A Avondale, LA, Troy Boulas (new hire, Livonia, LA)



Ingalls, Indiana

 Pinkerton Railroad Guards.  It is also believed that the location of the picture is the Puritan Spring Bed Company in Indiana and located on the old CCC&STL (big 4 route ) RR.

The Captain on the left has his dress baton on his left hip.  The guards are all carrying old post civil war rifles and are wearing a "hat wreath" badge which is typical of railroad police and guards in the late 1800's


Southern Railway Special Officer M.. Garris is seen guarding the busy Charleston banana rail yards

(Courtesy of Southern Railway)


Southern's Railroad Police director of police training, Allen R. O'brien (center), i seen with the Association of American Railroads winning pistol team, composed of  Southern Railway's Security and Special Services Department members (left to right) Tommy J. Fort, James R. Wilson, William O. Pressley and Charles E. Ragle.

(Courtesy of Southern Railway)


George T. Lane (top) head of Southern Railway Police Department from 1946-1957 reported to have used the top badge, with Charles b. Farmer (bottom), his successor, carrying the other shield beginning in 1957

(Private collection)

This is the type of uniform cap and badge seen in the photo of Southern Railway police officers taken near the U.S. Capitol and was part of their uniform into the 1940's

(Private collection)

Members of the Southern Railway police force are seen on the north side of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. in the 1920's

(Private collection)

Southern Railway Controlled several railroads that operated independently with their own police operations and or were roads that they later acquired or had a partial interest.  Examples of badges from a few of these are: (clockwise from the upper left: Atlantic & East Carolina railway, central of Georgia Railway, Atlantic & Yadkin Railway, Kentucky & Indiana Terminal Railroad, Mobile & Ohio Railroad & Florida Railway

(Private collection)

Southern Railway police patches from the 1960's and 1970's from around the system.

(Private collection)



July 3, 1986

Chicago, IL

Illinois Central Railroad Special Agents Chuck Soukup, John Rock, bob Valentine, Bob Berman, and Rich Ahern boarded a railroad surveillance container and rode the train out of Chicago where it was boarded by two subjects who proceeded to cut the cable seals (locks) off and remove 59 VHS camcorder recorders from a trailer while the train was traveling at speeds of 55 MPH.  The train slowed in Bloomington normal, IL where the thieves threw the camcorders off the train and into weeds.  After a short pursuit, these subjects were apprehended.  They later received 5 years in jail.

(top picture: Special Agent Bob Valentine bottom picture: Special Agent Rich Ahem)


(Courtesy of Chuck the cop)

Four Mobile & Ohio Railroad Police Badges and six Gulf Mobile & Ohio Railroad Police badges.

(Courtesy of Jimmy Nichols)

Late 1970s

The Illinois Central Railroad was experiencing numerous thefts of journal brass in Southern Illinois.  A theft occurred near Zeigler, Illinois.  Three subjects were arrested in this case by Special Agents Steve Taylor, Greg Hendshaw, Ron shows, John Rock, Jim Law and Bobby Bowen. There were over two hundred pieces of brass recovered.

This picture shows from left to right Agents: John Rock, Bobby Bowen, and Jim Law.



New York Central Railroad Police Officer Jim Leahy.

(Courtesy of Jim Leahy, Jr.)


New York Central Railroad Police Officers Tom Murray and Jim Leahy.

(Courtesy of Jim Leahy, Jr.)

April 2011

Operation Lifesaver/Trooper on the train event in East St. Louis, IL

Left to right:

Special Agent Tom Williams, Alton $ Southern RR, Special Agent Tim Gruhlke, CSX RR, Special Agent Ken Lutz, Terminal Railroad Association, Sgt. Darrin Root, Alton & Southern RR, Special Agent Nathan Branding, Terminal RR Assoc., Master Trooper Ralph Timmins, Illinois State Police, Special Agent Terry Goodwin, Alton & Southern RR, Chief Gary Lottmann, Alton & Southern RR, Lt. K-9 handler, Rick Davis, Union Pacific RR.