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Railroad freight included bodies, bread and birds

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Coming down the tracks today are more railroading stories, including these from Jim Larson of Detroit Lakes, Minn., past president of the Great Northern Railway Historical Society.


Jim, although never a full-time railroad employee, used to spend summers helping his father, Harry, who was a Railway Express manager.

His dad's job, Jim says, was riding the trains and handling whatever was shipped. This included:

- Cream cans

- Bundles of magazines

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