Monday, March 30, 2009

Railway writer Fred Houser dies at 84

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fred-houser.jpgFrederick N. Houser, Jr., a distinguished railway technical writer who worked for Railway Age (as an associate editor) and Railway Locomotives & Cars (as editor) from 1955 to 1974, died March 26, in Stoneboro, Pa. In addition to his work on the two Simmons-Boardman periodicals, he was a contributing editor to the Car Builder's Cyclopedia and author of the Railroad Electrification Section: Student Handbook for Electrical Engineers.

Born 84 years ago in Stoneboro, Houser earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh. He worked as a special engineer for the Bessemer & Lake Erie before joining the Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corp.

After leaving Simmons-Boardman, Houser worked for the National Transportation Research Board in Washington as manager of mass transit research information services.