Slack and the old caboose.

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by T.K.Marletter, May 11, 2001.

  1. T.K.Marletter

    T.K.Marletter New Member

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    was acting conductor for the 3rd time in my career in 1969 and was in a Bbay window caboose for the trip from grafton,WV to Cumberland, Maryland. anyway there was a rookie engineer (again ) and an experienced brakeman up front with me and the other brakeman in the back. anyway I checked the guages and reported ok< then all of a sudden WHAM WHAM WHAM the 130 car coal train took up slack and the caboose moved about 8 feet in about a blink of an Eye, I was thrown out the back door and hit porch railing. it hurt an I had a few brused ribs and a sore shoulder but I held it out to cumberland. TIP: never tell a rookie okay until you really mean it.
  2. Dave Hagan

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    Hi TK, thanks for sharing your experiences with us, keep em comin.

    Dave Hagan
    The Gauge
  3. brakie

    brakie Active Member

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    How many couplers did he break or was he lucky? when I worked on the old Pennsy,We had a engineer we called "Coupler King" that man could break more couplers then any engineer on the the road.He finally got demoted to fireman.