The first Silver Spike
Hall of Fame inductee is Mrs. Shirley Burman.
Shirley is a railroad historian, photographer,
lecturer, and researcher.. Her pictorial
exhibit, Women and the American Railroad,
was displayed at Travel Town during our
1999 event. When we first started gathering
information about women in railroading,
it was Shirley they all referred us too.
Her hard work and dedication to women in
railroading have been instrumental in keeping
the dream alive.
Women of the War
Our second group of inductees are the Women
of the War. A tribute to all of the women
who came forward during wartime and kept
the railroads a running. Getting dirty and
making it happen.
The Harvey Girls
The third Silver Spike Award goes to the
Harvey Girls...women who ventured far from
home to distant places with wide-open spaces.
Working as waitresses for the Fred Harvey
Company, they served great meals with precision
and style. Their techniques and timing were
impeccable. You pulled into the station,
got a hot meal and made it back on board
just in time. No more prairie dog stew once
these girls showed up.
The fourth Award goes to a world-class
traveling girl. We're not sure of her name,
but we do know she lived anywhere and everywhere
and she likes to sing train songs. Something
about her climbing in a window. Not sure
what else to say about that one. But that
we are proud to recognize all the women
who followed their hearts and who utilized
the train system for travel and exploration.