Locomotion – Coast Guard Style


Locomotion – Coast Guard Style is a PDF download of the story as it was originally printed in the March-April 2021 edition of Lighthouse Digest.


By George A. Cassidy
In 1979, I was in the U.S. Coast Guard serving in New London, Connecticut at the Coast Guard Academy as the Assistant Public Affairs Officer. One day, when I was sitting in my office in Hamilton Hall, I heard the whistle of the locomotive of a train going through the Academy grounds. That’s when I came up with the idea of creating a Coast Guard locomotive. I approached my boss, Lt. George Whiting, and he gave his full support. Rear Admiral (RADM) Malcolm Clark was Superintendent at the time. I approached the Admiral with the idea and he told me to go ahead-as long as it didn’t cost the Coast Guard any money. I then contacted the Central Vermont Railway (CV), and they agreed to it, also, only if it didn’t cost them any money. This resulted in a challenge . . .

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