Track ends for family who worked combined 232 years for railroads

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It's the end of an era for a Midwest family who spent a combined 232 years working on the railroad.

Janesville, Minn., resident Dale Bobby celebrated his retirement at a party Saturday, marking 42 years of work for Canadian Pacific Railroad. He was joined by his four older brothers – Roger, Bill, Albert and Duane –who also retired after working their entire careers for the railroad.

It's a passion passed onto them by their late father, LaVern, who got started on the rails in the 1950s after an unsuccessful bout as a farmer, according to the Mankato Free Press.

His sons got jobs at the railroad as soon as they turned 18, working alongside their father. The family started working for Milwaukee Railroad in South Dakota, but their careers took the Bobby boys to different companies throughout the country, KEYC reports.

Together the six men spent a combined 232 years in the business, and their list of job titles has included laborer, track inspector, foreman and machine operator, the Waseca County News reports.

The Bobby men say they had lots of adventures, enjoyed the work, and it paid pretty well.

But the next Bobby generation could start again soon. Dale told the Mankato Free Press his grandson wants to be a train engineer.

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