Museum looking for RR photos

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The Hammel Museum has dedicated a room to a new exhibit being created by Jon Spargo and the Socorro Train Gang.

Spargo is looking for people in Socorro County to contribute their own histories to the new exhibit being created, the Socorro Railroad Connection.

Submitted photo: This photograph, taken in 1965, of H.C. Lopeman is an example of what Jon Spargo is looking for to display at the Hammel Museum. H.C. is the father of Jerry Lopeman of Socorro. He hired on as a clerk with the New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad, known as the “Nickel Plate Road,” in 1909. He was promoted to fireman in 1910 and then to engineer in 1923. He retired in 1965 after 56 years with the Nickel Plate/Norfolk & Western. He lived and worked out of Conneaut, Ohio, which is on the main line between Buffalo, N.Y. and Cleveland, Ohio.

“The idea is that I am aware that there are a lot of people in Socorro County who have relatives that worked for railroads in many different capacities,” Spargo said. “We would like to honor these people and their families by including them in our new exhibit.”

Spargo is soliciting pictures and biographical data for the project.

Accompanying photos, should be any relevant information families can find.

“We need to know who they were, who their Socorro relative is, what railroad did they work for and for how many years, what was their job and so on.” Spargo said. “If a picture is provided we will scan it and return the original to the owner.”

Collected photos will be printed out and displayed along with biographical data in the museum.

Contact Jon Spargo, at 575-418-7534 or by email at kc5ntw@sdc.org. Photos in high resolution digital format can be sent directly attached to an email. Black and white and color are both fine.

“We want people such as station agents, signal maintainers, dispatchers, firemen, conductors, brakemen, maintenance of way workers (track gangs) and in general any type of job one might have while working for the railroad,” Spargo said.