- Associated Press - Sunday, August 16, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - In a story Aug. 15 about a female railroad engineer, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Ramona Dockter was the first woman to work as a railroad engineer in the United States. Dockter was the first woman to become an engineer for the Burlington Northern Railroad, not the country.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Burlington Northern’s first female engineer to be honored

Dockter, 1st female Burlington Northern engineer, being inducted into ND Railroad Hall

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The first woman in the U.S. to become a railroad engineer for the Burlington Northern Railroad is set to be inducted into the North Dakota Railroad Hall of Fame.

Ramona Dockter became the first female engineer for Burlington Northern in the United States in 1976 when she was 19 years old, according to Bill Engelter, who started the hall of fame about 10 years ago.

In a ceremony Sunday at the museum, Dockter will be inducted into the state’s Hall of Fame, The Bismarck Tribune reported (https://bit.ly/1J7nYMS ).

Dockter started working as a brakeman when she was 18 years old alongside experienced engineers who encouraged her to advance her career. After six months of on-the-job training and three weeks of classroom instruction, she became an engineer.

“I want to say the hardest part was ignoring the naysayers, people who didn’t believe in me, or people who didn’t want me to do it,” Dockter said.

Dockter’s railroad work was not without its challenges, she said. Without an extensive background, the mechanics of engines and boilers were difficult to understand and the strange hours were hard to adjust to.

But she said she remembers her time as an engineer fondly.

“I loved the times when you’re on the train and it’s a beautiful morning or a beautiful evening,” Dockter said. “You can just see the rolling countryside and wonderful landscape outside the windows.”

In 1984, she retired because her erratic schedule made it difficult to care for her children.

She’ll be inducted during a ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday at the railroad museum in Mandan.

“I think it’s an honor to be inducted,” Dockter said. “But I think there’s a lot of people who helped me along the way, and I wish they could get this award, too.”

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