Peter Josserand

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Peter Josserand

Postby 2nd trick op » Mon Oct 25, 2004 7:19 pm

Many years ago, while nosing through the reference section of the Pennsylvania State Library at Harrisburg, I came upon a copy of the book "Rights of Trains", authored by this gentleman.

While I haven't been able to locate too much more biographical information, I seem to recall he held the position of Chief Dispatcher of the Western Pacific at the height of his career, and was apparently recognized as the arbiter of last resort in the effort to develop a uniform code of rail operating rules.

I'd welcome any more details our members could supply.
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Postby SSW9389 » Thu Nov 18, 2004 4:31 pm

Josserand was also a writer of short stories for Railroad Magazine and somewhat of a boomer. I found he worked for MP and SP in his younger years. Plug his name into a search engine and you should be able to find a list of the stories he wrote.
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Postby Hoosier Joe » Mon Jun 06, 2005 12:00 pm

I just read a story by him called "Shut-Eye" in the December 1944 issue of that magazine. The story sounds auto-biographical and tells how hard it was for him to stay awake as a telegraph operaor. He could doze off at the drop of a hat and was extermely hard to wake up.
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Postby 2nd trick op » Sat Dec 15, 2007 11:54 am

Back around 1978, Trains published an article recalling a head-on collision on the Pennsylvania (former Grand Rapids and Indiana) near Reed City, Michigan in the early years of the 20th Century.

In this instance an operator in single-track timetable/train order-operated territory apparrently slept through the passage of a train, but awakened to the call for his post on the telegraph sounder a few minutes later. The "op" then copied a meet order for the train in question, unaware that it had passed.
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Re: Peter Josserand

Postby 2nd trick op » Tue Jul 29, 2014 11:55 pm

A big thank-you to Ms, Lollie Laurie Woodard Eckels, a descendant of Mr. Josserand, for this information.


PETER JOSSERAND "PETE", son of Peter Edward Josserand (11) and Emily Elizabeth Gregson(8)

b. 11 Nov. 1901 at Josserand, Trinity Co. Tex.
d. 4 May 1963 at Sacramento, Cal.

Peter attended Sam Houston College at Huntsville. Most of his life was spent in railroad service. At
the age of seventeen he began work as a yard clerk for the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad at
Galveston. In 1921 he went with the Southern Pacific Raikoad, serving as Chief Clerk, Telegrapher
and Agent and was promoted to train dispatcher. In 1928, he was dispatcher for the Missouri Pacific.
From 1930 to 1942, he served as pipe line telegrapher and later as engineer (diesel) for Gulf Oil Co.
During the early years of WAV. II he dispatcher for the Western Pacific, later being promoted to Night
Chief Train Dispatcher, the position he held at the time of his death. U8)
In 1945-1946 Peter moved to Chicago, 111. where he served as Assistant to the President and as Associate
Editor for the Train Dispatcher (Magazine). He also served several terms as General Chairman of the
Western Pacific and conducted a Rules Column in several brotherhood magazines. He was best known
in railroad circles as a nationally accepted authority on Operation Rules and for his book, RIGHTS
OF TRAINS which he revised several times, and completely rewrote in 1957.
Peter's stories of fact and fiction which appeared in many national magazines brought him friends
throughout the world. In addition to his railroad stories, he wrote of wild life, guns, shooting photography
and engineering. He was instrumental in forming several Rifle and Target shooting clubs and
held many trophies for his skill with pistol and rifle. He has a sizeable gun collection.
"Pete" campaigned for and won better and safer working conditions for his fellow workers, and was
a member of the American Train Dispatchers Ass'n. and was a past master of the Rosicrucians AMORC.
He d. 4 May 1963 of Coronory Occlusion in Sacramento, Cal., which was his homefor twenty-one
years. Interred in Sacramento Memorial Lawn Cemetery there.

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Re: Peter Josserand

Postby 2nd trick op » Sat Aug 02, 2014 12:24 am

Here's a link to a new page commemorating the life and work of by Peter Josserand:
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cg ... 06&df=all&
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Re: Peter Josserand

Postby NorthWest » Sat Aug 02, 2014 12:39 am

Excellent! Glad to hear that you found more information.
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