By Geoff Body, Bill Parker
Operating a railway is a posh company. even if well-run it's there'll regularly be surprises, usually hilarious, usually unforeseen, occasionally severe. the following railway pros remember remarkable incidents from throughout their careers at the railways, lovingly compiled through specialist railwaymen and authors Geoff physique and invoice Parker. the incidents coated during this illustrated e-book contain such strange 'everyday' occasions as dealing with hurricanes, rogue locomotives and runaway wagons, PR successes and differently, the Brighton Belle, Flying Scotsman and Mallard, education direction capers, a wino invasion, trackside antics, the Eurostar backdrop, the start of a jail, and royal and different distinct events. An stress-free glance again at lifestyles at the railways.
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But that was before my time. I would hate to think that I would have had to pay for everything that I had broken or damaged. I have heard the story of an engineer who bent a main rod on his engine-probably too much water in the cylinders. The company took the price of it out of his pay, then straightened the main rod and put it back in service. The engineer cut his initials in the main rod together with other data pertinent to the incident. Mter the company had used it for some time, he brought suit against them for using his property.
He told me that you would fix me up. " I asked. " he inquired in a puzzled manner. " I assured him that it was the supply house all right, but there were no supplies. For a while he couldn't believe that I was serious. After a short From Newsboy to Roundhouse: Starting to Work 41 time he picked up his newly-painted tool box and reluctantly left the supply house. I felt bad about this incident, but there was nothing I could do. I would have liked to have had all those tools that he so confidently expected.
After a while it would come back, streaking down the hill on its way to Salt Lake. I remember a time when that train in its wild descent from Silver City did not stop to have that old stub switch lined. The engineer that day was an extra man who was not familiar with the road. He hit that curve at a pretty fast clip. When he attempted to stop he was already too close to the switch. At the last moment he swung the Johnson bar over into the back of the quadrant and gave her steam, thus reversing the engine.
Along Different Lines: 70 Real Life Railway Stories by Geoff Body, Bill Parker