funny R.R. stories

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Sat Aug 31 13:40:30 EDT 2019

EdK:Nothing "X-rated" here so you should be able to read it.  There wasa ritual that occurred  every morning at Marsden on the old NS.Marsden was the away-from-home terminal for crews based inNorfolk and at Raleigh.  Prior to taking command of No. 64 for Norfolk,the crew would dig out "Plymouths" and "Norfolks", set out the assignedcaboose, then wait in front of the station for the Raleigh conductor tobring forth the waybills. From caboose to engine, the waybills werearranged just as the 70-80-car train stood.
One simmering afternoon in August, a work train restoring ACL'sformer Vandemere  Branch killed a rattler and brought it back to Marsdenand left it in front of the station.  Lucky for me, the crew told meabout the snake  before I went to work.
The next morning, Marsden went Hollywood.  The crew returning toNorfolk coiled the rattler in an open door box car, then the trainmenstood in front of the door to block the view.  With waybills in hand,the Raleigh conductor came forward to hand them over.  That's whenthe trainmen stepped aside to reveal the reptile.  Stunned, the conductor's hands flew up, the bills slipped out of the rubber band,and in snowed waybills on a hot summer day.  There was a delay whileboth crews recovered the waybills and tried to get them in order..                                                                            Harry Bundy  
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