Camden Line riders mourn veteran conductor
Passengers on the Camden Line were saddened this week at the news that longtime conductor Eric Wolf died Tuesday morning of an apparent heart attack shortly after his train arrived at Washington's Union Station.
According to a statement issued by the Maryland Transit Administration, Wolf (right) had been an employee of CSX Transportation and its predecessor railroads for 38 of his 57 years.
Dave Johnson, chief customer communications officer for MARC, called Wolf "a consummate professional"
"Eric was more than a conductor--he was a jovial, humorous guy who made it a priority to make his passengers smile every day," Johnson said. (A longer version of Johnson's statement, with reaction from MARC riders, is available here.)
Elizabeth "Beth" Green, a Department of Homeland Security employee who rides the CSX-owned Camden Line, shared her memories of "a sweet, lovely man with a thick Baltimore accent who we all loved to hear over the intercom."
I have been riding the Camden line train from Camden Yards to Washington, D.C. for four years. When I was a student interning in DC, I left my cell phone on the train. Throughout the day, I kept receiving emails from all my friends. My friends were all emailing to tell me that Eric the Train Conductor had my cell phone and that he was calling them, trying to connect with me.
That evening I used my roommate’s cell phone to call my cell phone and Eric answered. We arranged to meet at Union Station the next morning, and he gave me my cell phone. As a poor student, I was so relieved that I wouldn't have to purchase a new one. And Eric, in his usual humble way, waved away my torrents of thank-you’s and explained to me that “It was nothing.”
Eric was truly a fixture on the Camden line. He was dependably there, wearing his safety glasses and his conductor’s cap. One of my favorite things about Eric was his thick Baltimore accent – something that is becoming rarer and rarer these days. He would announce on the microphone “Now Arriveeng – Bawdeemoore Camden Station – now arriveeng!”
I am absolutely devastated that Eric has left us so quickly and too soon. I cannot imagine the pain you must be feeling. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I know that Eric was an angel during his life and I am sure that in this regard, nothing has changed.
Camden Line riders can email their memories of Wolf to: firstname.lastname@example.org