Right on track: Railway museum’s only female engineer hooked on trains

Courtesy of the Boothbay Register

On one of the warmest days in August 2015, John Orne, a train engineer at Boothbay Railway Village Museum, invited his wife Cathy to join him in the cab of one of the steam-powered locomotives. He showed her how the train works, and she helped operate the boiling hot engine despite the weather. She was hooked.

Cathy Orne said she now even misses the smell of burning coal when she is away from the train. This May, she became the first woman with the museum to obtain a high pressure boiler operator license and become a train engineer.  Read More