Jawn Henry telescoping a caboose? Did this really happen?

NW Mailing List nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org
Sun Nov 25 22:58:50 EST 2007

I do not have access to "Rails Remembered", nor to the Jim
Nichols-referenced issue of "Trains", but the story does accord with an
account reported in a piece (Arrow, Vol 15, n 5, p.11) I put together
on the "overlooked" pusher siding at Irving, for WB action (running
backwards) heading for Blue Ridge. An old-timer I luckily hailed right
at the pusher siding site told me that he had "been there" after an
over-zealous "diesel" (maybe he mistook 2300 for same; anyway, not a Y),
hell-bent out of the siding, had busted up a waiting caboose on the
main. "Hard coupling," for sure!

Frank Gibson

NW Mailing List wrote:

> See page 896 of Volume 4 of "Rails Remembered" by Louis Newton. 2300

> was not pushing, but had railroader's call a "hard coupling".


> Dick Kimball


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