funny RR stories

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Wed Aug 28 11:09:20 EDT 2019

I find amusing and funny RR stories a part of the lexicon of railroad
history and, as such a part of "stuff." Accordingly, I for one would like
to read what you have for sharing it is how it gets passed down.

In such personal recollections I have accumulated from people, among them
are some ventriloquist stories, which one can guess the types of stunts
were pulled, broken brakes and subsequent runaway cars, which thankfully
stopped rolling before doing any damage or derailing, a nudist family joke
in a house near a depot and the new crewman on the passing passenger train,
and more. I have also heard of rubber snake type tales, of such
paraphernalia placed inside switch and related junction boxes and resultant
get-even events. Hey, I even did such a thing before public hours of
placing a rubber snake near a trolley museum platform and watched in
amusement as the the unenlightened got a snow shovel and killed my rubber

They are part of the life and times of railroad and its history and as such
on the N&W, even more so appropriate for here.

So, I would suggest and ask, please share so all can smile. I don't think
you'll get boo-ed off the list.

Bob Cohen

Subject: Snapp's Siding Harry Bundy Oh yes, that copperhead-infested
mountain is known as Walker Mountain, named for Thomas Walker, an early
explorer of these parts.
That five degree curve you mention may have been the site of a funny
railroad event in the 1950s.

Not sure this list is the proper venue for the telling of it.

May later tell it.

If I am booed off the list I will dust myself off and come crawling back
while promising to never?tell funny railroad stories again.

George Kelley
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