Online Collection

The Union Terminal Company Operating Rules booklet

Object Number: 2003.023.0001
Category: Books
Type of Object: Booklet
Dimensions: 6 3/4 x 4 1/8 in. (17.1 x 10.5 cm)
Medium: Paper
40-page booklet titled "No. 136, The Union Terminal Company, Dallas, Texas. Operating Rules. Effective August 1, 1947." The booklet contains both instructions and illustrations in addition to a pull-out map entitled, "Track Diagram of The Union Terminal." Hand-written notations appear on the pages of text and on the fly-leaf in pen and ink.

Written by hand on the first page are the initials "JCS" and the date, "May 17-1950."
Curator's Notes

The donor of this booklet, Gene Veal, was a railroad switching tower operator from 1952 to 1989. Veal worked in several towers including the tower located in the parking lot of the Texas School Book Depository building, where his friend, tower operator Lee Bowers, was working at the time of the Kennedy assassination.  In oral history interviews recorded in 2001 and 2003, Veal referred to this structure as "Tower 106," but it is also commonly identified -- such as in the fold-out map found in this booklet -- as "Tower Number 2."  Gene Veal received this operating rules book upon his hiring in 1952. - Stephen Fagin, Curator

All requests for permission to reproduce, publish or broadcast materials in this collection must be submitted to the Museum's registrar, using the Rights & Reproductions Request Form. Inquiries may be sent to