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

    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

    Dave Hagan Member

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

    Dave Hagan
    The Gauge
  3. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    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.

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