Thomas E. Davis, railroader

Thomas E. Davis, a retired locomotive engineer and an outdoorsman, died June 15 of multiple sclerosis at Stella Maris in Timonium. He was 60.

Thomas Edward Davis, the son of railroaders — his parents were ticket agents at Pennsylvania Station — was born in Baltimore and raised in Lutherville.

He was a 1970 graduate of Dulaney High School and after attending the University of Maryland, Baltimore County for a year went to work for Penn Central as a trainee engineer.

Promoted to engineer, Mr. Davis later worked for Penn Central's successor, Conrail, before joining Amtrak as a passenger train engineer.

"He loved the railroad and worked the Northeast Corridor from Washington to New York," said his wife of 39 years and high school sweetheart, the former Judy E. Mitchell.

Mr. Davis was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1989 and spent the last few years of his career, before retiring in 1995, instructing student locomotive engineers.

The longtime Timonium resident had been secretary-treasurer of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen Division 482.

"You know, when you work for the railroad, you don't have a lot of time off or time for hobbies, but Tom liked being in the outdoors and chopping wood," said his wife.

For the last 12 years of his life, Mr. Davis had lived at Stella Maris.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the chapel at Stella Maris, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Davis is survived by a son, Tyler C. Davis of Mount Washington; a daughter, Sarah E. Davis of Elkridge; and his mother, Marianna G. Davis of Timonium.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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