Railroad Days Honor Gandy Dancers

29TH ANNUAL PORTOLA RAILROAD DAYS AND
THE FEATHER RIVER EXPRESS TO HONOR THE GANDY DANCER
Portola, Calif. (March 29, 2011) The theme for the 29th Annual Portola Railroad Days Festival,  August 18-21, 2011  is “Gandy Dancer-Pride of the West ”. The hard working Gandy Dancers built the Western Pacific  through the Feather River

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Gandy Dancers ~ Bio for Railroad Days Program

Gandy Dancers
Bio for Railroad Days Program

“Gandy dancers” was a nickname for railroad section gangs in the days before modern mechanized track upkeep. The men were called dancers for their synchronized movements when repairing track under the direction of a lead workman known as the “caller” or “call man.” The name “gandy” supposedly arose

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