Iron Man Of The Month


| March/April 1970

  • Fast Meat Train
    ''On the railroad we were always in a hurry to get there,'' says Leo Clark. He often quoted an old railroad cliche (also Pennsylvania Dutch philosophy) ''The faster I go, the behinder I get.'' Now that he's off the fast run, we'll see how behinder he get
    Joe Fahnestock
  • Charles L. Pattison
    Charles L. Pattison, President of T.P. & W. Railroad, congratulates Leo Clark upon retiring after 51 years service 48 years were as engineer. Leo looks natural here, if only he had his cameras hanging on him. Photo by Leo Clark, Hollywood Studio, Washingt
    Joe Fahnestock
  • Locomotive
    We like the headlight on this one When a lad on the farm, the engineer allowed Leo to pull the throttle on the Coleen Engine. He then decided to become an engineer. Here he is in front of first locomotive he ran, August 9, 1921. Slimmer and without specs
    Joe Fahnestock
  • Brass model locomotives
    Hold the presses! My wife found a picture she had snapped of Leo and me, admiring one of my scale brass model locomotives along the race track at Montpelier, Ohio N.T.A. We were no doubt right beside Uncle Elmer's stand and we had to be good.
  • N.T.A. sawmill
    This one my wife took of Leo Clark in engineer's overalls and cap, taking a picture of the N.T.A. sawmill at Montpelier, Ohio. Shutter-bugs and engineers can't always worry about the crease in their britches. Courtesy of Joe Fahnestock, 730 Front St., Gre
    Joe Fahnestock
  • Diesel locomotive
    Photo taken several years ago of Leo Clark in cab of his diesel locomotive on the T.P. & W.R.R. Steam was more romantic - diesels too automatic to be fun. Photo by Leo Clark, Hollywood Studio, Washington, Illinois. Courtesy of Joe Fahnestock, 730 Front St
    Joe Fahnestock
  • Caricature of an engineer
    Iron-Man Leo Clark thought this caricature of an engineer someone had drawn on a wall was quite funny. So he posed himself beside it while someone snapped the camera. Possibly Goldie snapped the shutter. Photos by Clark are developed and printed by him at
    Joe Fahnestock
  • George White engine
    Courtesy of Isaac L. Friesen, R. R. 1, Box 412, Winkler, Manitoba, Canada. A picture of a George White engine, having broken through a bridge. It was half a days work to get the machine back into service.
    Isaac L. Friesen
  • Leo Clark - He Hobnobs
    Our Iron-Man, Leo Clark - He Hobnobs With Movie Stars and Governors and Presidents Leo Clark was campus photographer for Eureka College at Eureka, Illinois for twenty years. He and Ronald Reagan were invited to a tea at the college president's house. Rea
    Clark
  • Leo Clark
    Leo Clark poses on observation platform of railroad president's official car taken at Vonachens Jet. It was their 40th wedding anniversary, but Goldie had to take the picture. Leo rarely gets in front of the camera. Photo by Leo Clark, Washington, Illinoi
    Joe Fahnestock

  • Fast Meat Train
  • Charles L. Pattison
  • Locomotive
  • Brass model locomotives
  • N.T.A. sawmill
  • Diesel locomotive
  • Caricature of an engineer
  • George White engine
  • Leo Clark - He Hobnobs
  • Leo Clark

Of DAYTON DAILY NEWS AND RADIO'S 'JOE'S JOURNAL'

UNION CITY, INDIANA.

At a Midwestern thresherman's reunion, he's the fellow with all the fancy cameras hanging around his neck. Back home on the high iron of the T. P. & W., he's the big fellow up in the cab racing to meet a schedule 'on the advertised'.

Whether it's at the National Threshermen's Association at Wauseon, Ohio, the reunion at Pontiac, I'll., The Old-Timer Threshers and Sawmillers near Fort Wayne, Ind., or at Mr. Pleasant, Iowa, the friendly 'Hello', the warm smile and horn-rimmed spectacles under the engineer's cap, the several cameras dangling from shoulder straps and press camera in hand all have become quite the fixture wherever men have gathered together to pay honors to 'King Steam'. And, likely as not, after briefing himself on the run's orders, comparing railroad Hamiltons with the conductor, stuffing his 'flimsies' into his engineer's bib, he might just find time to climb down from his locomotive cab with camera in hand to take an official photograph for The Toledo, Peoria and Western should the occasion demand.

Yes, you've guessed it. For that's been the work-a-day schedule as well as summer-fun pastime of engineer-photographer Leo Clark who's climbed down from his locomotive cab for the last time, after fifty-three years of service on The Toledo, Peoria and Western Railroad.



'What I'll do now?' says Clark, pondering the usual questions friends always fire at one who retires. 'Well, as an engineer I was always in a hurry to get to the next station with my train. 'The Hurrier I go, the Behinder I get'. But now I might just get me a trailer and travel the more leisurely way and, of course, take pictures wherever I go.'

For Iron Man Leo Clark, taking pictures is like breathing. Whether it's been in the official capacity of railroad photographer or just sauntering over the grounds at some Midwestern threshermen's reunion to take a picture of an old steam traction engine, the worst problem he ever had to contend with was choosing which of his several fine cameras he'd use to do the job. Should the next photo be snapped with his automatic Rollieflex, an old Kodak folding camera, a modern Japanese camera with all the gadgets and high-speed aperture, or his trusty old four-by-five Speed Graphic 'blunderbuss' which he's often pressed into service for those official railroad photographs, upon orders from the 'top brass'?