Last Run: Division 11 honors two recent retirees

After 31 years of railroad service, BLET Division 11 (New York, N.Y.) member William "Bill" Hotchkiss made his last run on October 27, 2006. Brother Hotchkiss hired out in 1976 and joined the BLET on February 1, 1981.

His last run was as a locomotive engineer on yard assignment YDR-704 covering the SP-4, taking Amtrak regional express train #127 to New York's Penn Station.

Brother Hotchkiss spent time as an engineer instructor during his 30-plus year railroad career.

Old friends may congratulate Brother Hotchkiss by writing: 737 1st St., Middletown, N.J. 07748-1239.

Brother Joseph Rafanelli Jr. ended his 38-year railroad career when he finished his last run on August 29, 2006, as locomotive engineer of Amtrak's Acela Express Train Number 2109. He is seen here receiving wishes for a safe Last Run by Tom Pyle, superintendant of the New York Division. Brother Rafanelli served as Local Chairman of BLET Division 11 (New York, N.Y.). Brother Rafanelli hired out in 1968 and joined the Brotherhood on February 1, 1969. Throughout his career, he spent time as a member of Division 501 and Division 53.

Friends may contact Brother Rafanelli by writing: 810 Erik Lake Road, Brandon, FL 33510.



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