Rail Oiler

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Mon Aug 30 21:42:50 EDT 2004

One of the historical displays at the reconstructed station at White Top, 
VA relates one old-timer's tale. His father, a railroad employee, sent him 
out with a bucket of grease to lube the rails by hand. Unfortunately, his 
father neglected to tell him to only grease the SIDES of the rail. Great 
commotion occurred when the Virginia Creeper arrived and slid and spun on 
the well-lubricated railheads. Brush fires were started along the 
right-of-way by sparks thrown off by the spinning wheels of the locomotive. 
Needless to say, the poor lad's next chore was to go out with kerosene and 
clean the mess off the rail head.

Ron Davis

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