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Arthur G. Hobbs, railroad engineer


Arthur G. Hobbs, a retired locomotive engineer and artist, died Monday of cancer at his home in Pompano Beach, Fla.

The former resident of Woodlea Avenue in Northeast Baltimore was 78.

He retired from the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1976 after a 36-year career. He began his service with the Pennsy firing steam engines and was based in Baltimore's Orangeville roundhouse. A year later, he was promoted to engineer.

He worked passenger and freight trains on the old Maryland Division of the railroad and later ran trains between Washington and New York.

"He had a love-hate relationship with the railroad," said a daughter, Barbara Hermann of Pompano Beach. "It was dirty work with long hours, but he had many memories and was very proud of his service with the Pennsy," she said.

"He told many stories of fighting his way up and down the railroad with his trains through ice and snow," said his wife of 57 years, the former Jeane Reindollar.

Mr. Hobbs was born and reared on Lafayette Avenue. After graduating from city schools, he earned a bachelor's degree in 1934 from the Maryland Institute, College of Art.

He painted railroad, religious and landscape paintings and was an artist for Acton Advertising in Florida after retiring from the railroad. He retired a second time in 1981.

During World War II, he served in the Navy at the Bainbridge Naval Training Center. He was discharged in 1944.

He was a member of the Rosedale Square Club of Baltimore, Masonic Joppa Lodge No. 132 of Baltimore, American Legion Hamilton Post No. 20, and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen.

Services were held yesterday in Pompano Beach.

Other survivors include two sons, Arthur G. Hobbs Jr. of Dallas and Norman Hobbs of Houston; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3407 N.W. 9th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 33309.

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