Apparently railroading was a great love in the Ross family. My mother recalls her father, Albert James Ross Jr., as always wishing he could have worked for the railroad. When he was younger he worked for his father, Albert Thomas Ross Sr. on his farm in Ellis County, Kansas. Albert Sr. was kept promising to help him break into the railroad business if he worked for one more year. That year never came. My mother has memories of her dad taking her to the railroad station in Hays, KS to watch the trains come in.
Albert Sr.'s grandfather, Thomas Ross closely followed railroading and worked for the Chicago/Alton railroad when he lived in Bloomington, IL.
Albert James Ross, JR. - Albert Thomas Ross, Sr. - James Ross - Thomas Ross