Jawn Henry telescoping a caboose? Did this really happen?

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Sun Nov 25 16:03:49 EST 2007

Picture and letter on page 60 of May 1958 issue of Trains. Event was
July 5, 1957. Jawn was pushing a westbound merchandise (thus on the east
slope of Blue Ridge and running backwards). Wood caboose destroyed
despite steel underframe. No one injured. Jim Nichols

It really happened. There was a picture in Trains shortly afterward.
Can't remember which issue, but if I can dig it out I will post which
issue. Jim Nichols

NW Mailing List wrote:

> I have read in a couple of different books that the N&W "Jawn Henry"

> TE-1 actually telescoped a caboose during pusher duty because of its

> massive tractive effort. I have searched the web but haven't found any

> more details about this--is this a true story, and if so, was anybody

> injured? I'd be interested in knowing the details if anybody knows the

> story. Thanks,




> Mike Weeks


> Charlotte NC





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