Bronx resident retires after 42 years as a train conductor

Bronx resident Robert Tucker is retiring after 42 years from his job as a train conductor.

Tuckers says when he was hired, in 1962, people did not expect him to last two days. He retired as the most senior conductor at Grand Central Station. Tucker is among the first African Americans hired at that level during the Civil Rights Movement.

Passengers say they will miss Tucker's humor and happiness on the train. According to Tucker, he would hum a tune or do a dance to entertain passengers. He says he enjoys serving the public. His colleagues called him a pioneer.

Tucker told News 12 The Bronx that now that he is retired, he plans to buy an RV and travel the country. Officials say as the most senior conductor, Tucker worked what is considered the best route out of Manhattan, it stops at Fordham Road in the Bronx.

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