December 18, 2014

Retired member supervises boardwalk trains

With a yellow hat and golf cart emblazoned with his nickname, John “Gig” Gigliotti has perhaps become as iconic on the Wildwood Boardwalk as the yellow tram cars he oversees. A former Conrail train conductor, the 85-year-old West Deptford resident returns to his North Wildwood home each summer, and to his job supervising eight 5-m.p.h. electric trains that transport boardwalk goers along the two-mile stretch. The service has been a staple since 1949.

It’s frequent that workers at the eateries and stands along the boardwalk call out “Giggy” as he drives up and down the planks during 16-hour days, seven days a week, April through September.

Read the complete story at the Philadelphia Inquirer.

(Gigliotti is a member of SMART Transportation Division Local 1375 at Philadelphia.)