unnumbered The Wreck Casey Jones
2020-09-13 (Last Update: Fri, 18 Sep 2020) Casey Heinzism 0 Uncategorized
Hawk Spirit Spirit Warrior Keeper of the Tracks
The Wreck Casey Jones
by Casey Heinzism
The Wreck at Vaughan Mississippi April 30th, 1900 based on Casey Heinzism's dreams and visions between February 29th 2000 - February 27th 2020. published on: March 28, 2020
(Reference Sources for running a steam engine: Casey Jones, Matt Oleson Sources, MTNEngineer post from an old BB Forum: https://www.wikihow.com/Fire-a-Steam-Locomotive https://www.wikihow.com/Drive-a-Steam-Locomotive, and other references caseyjonesoneline yahoogroup.)
Most of the night on April 29th and 30th.
According to Mr. Gurner's site fills in what I do not have to say.
This is the link to the site: https://caseyjonesmuseum.weebly.com/casey-jones.html
So, I will summarize the event, according to my views.
The first run that night was very difficult and exhausting. It was storming and pouring, and windy. The rain kept whipping into the cab, Most others saw no sign of rain, had no idea this even had hit them, as the weather can often do.
Half of him was drenched other half dried from the rain, they were dry by the time they reached Memphis, Tennessee
A lot of little water droplets on Casey and Sims arms. As well as coal made mud.... Made working difficult and made for a lot of coughing.
Just before they made it to Memphis the weather cleared up.
It was still pretty foggy. But it made for a nice joyride. As listening to the new frogs, Cicadas, and the train and the foggy mist and the clicking of the running along the rail joints of the tracks.
There is a debate about the time Casey was in the station...
I think both were right.. He did leave the station at 11 .. he pulled into the station from his other run at 10 pm...
Mr. Tate had taken ill, and Casey was in the office when they brought in the news. They were worried about not getting the passenger train in on time.
So, Casey, reluctantly... was forced to step up and volunteer for the job.
Casey for a long time wanted to run this engine, and it was the fastest route on the line...
Sim was hesitant at first.
As by this time he knew Casey had been awake and not slept for over 24 hours...
...He also knew if he did overtime he would get a little more time off and bonus pay, and he wanted to run the fastest train route on the line for years and took it as his chance to prove it by taking this run.
This train ran often from New Orleans to Chicago and Chicago to New Orleans changing crews along the way...
..But, he did not want to let Casey down, so he went along with it too. Besides it was not everyday they got to work the "Craic", (Crack) or the most awesome train on the line. They nicknamed it "The Crack Cannonball" For its awesome speed, and importance.
The Train was actually called,
"The New Orleans Fast Mail."
Casey had them install his new calliope Whistle as they had waited, for the final preparations... as part of his agreement to run the 382....
Casey was also hoping to do so to show one of his best friends, Wallace Saunders, that nothing bad would happen if he used the whistle... As his friend often had prophetic dreams and nightmares of spilled corn, and bales of hay... and was worried something horrible was going to happen to Casey if he used his new calliope whistle.
Casey also knew although his dreams and warnings did come true that sometimes it was from him, Wallace Saunders, drinking to much Gin, and he wish he would stop drinking... As He did not like drinking... and..
So, it was easier to tell the true warnings from this...
Jones had thought for sure all would be well, and there was no threat with his new calliope whistle.
The Engine IC #382 was ready to go when they climbed aboard.
They looked over everything to make sure the pressure was right and the normal routine at the beginning of a run.
When Casey stepped in to take the run from Memphis, TN to Canton TN.. it was sitting in the station, and already fired up...
The Car Brakes were in release/running position, and the Independent brakes, of the engine and tender, was applied effectively to remain stationary.
The sight feed lubricator was off, to save and conserve oil.
This feeds one drop of oil at a time to the running cylinders.
The reverse lever/Johnson Bar was centered, the cylinder cocks were left open by just a crack, for a bit of steam to warm the cylinders, when stationary, without enough force to over ride the independent brakes.
During this time, Jones would then "count the parts", "oil around", and refill the lubricator if needed, as well as check for warm bearings, and make sure everything is balanced.
Also during this time they had changed the 382's steam whistle and installed Jones's Calliope Train Whistle.
Jones also not being familiar with this particular engine also did a brake test.
Sim Webb spent his time preparing for the departure.
Sim had checked the water level, to keep it high and completely covering the crown sheet, of the firebox roof, and leaving enough boiler space for steam storage.
He also made sure the water did not lift up into the dome upon starting.
Sim had kept a low fire, so it did not open the safety valves pops. He also had kept a good bed of coke prepared to generate heat for when the train starts up.
Sim made sure he had balanced the proper amount so he did not over do it, and choke the draft off.
He also was careful avoid using too little to cause tears in the bed of the fire upon starting.
He would have the blower open, just slightly, to move the air through the flu, and he would keep the fire door closed.
This to keep only the fire heated air entering the flu, and to keep the temperatures even.
This would also reduce the leaks from the stay bolts, and flu.
Sim's job was to manage the water level, inject the right amount into the boiler with the injector.
Casey was told it was clear from Memphis to Canton for him, and they were to try to make up almost 2 hours of time.
He was also told to proceed with caution due to the fog, and possible sections of washed out track.
He was excited to be operating the the fastest run on the line and with his brand new Calliope Train whistle as well.
Casey was all excited. Stating to Sim.
"We're gonna make up the time. No, problem We're gonna make up the good ol time".
Sim had replied to Casey,
"Do not get to excited there yet. We had just started."
Casey glanced at Sim with,
"a come on look,"
and Sim stated,
"You are right. We are gonna make up this time."
They started going, and the 382 seemed to be running fairly smooth.
Jones leaned out the window and waved in a hand signal asking his conductor, J. C. Turner, to Ask for permission to depart..
J. C. Turner would then telegraph in for permission from what we today call dispatch.. or send note with the cub operators and wait for a response unless they were already okay to leave, in which he would signal them to let them know he was going.
He would signal back to Jones letting him know.
"You're clear to depart."
The conductor shouts
and gives a highball sign, Waving his lantern up and down at his side..
Casey Jones acknowledges this with two short whistle toots, and starts to ring the bell... signalling to the train crew..
Casey then releases the latch on the quadrant and drops the reverse lever or Johnson bar into the full forward position - "in the corner."
Sim shuts off the blower and shovels in about 3 scoops of coal into the firebox.
Casey Jones turns on the lubricator, and turns on the sanders, and gives a gentle tug on the throttle, then he releases slowly, or feathers off, the independent brake to gently stretch out the slack.
After they are rolling, Casey Jones can move the throttle out quickly, as he is very careful not to slip the drivers. Slipping the drivers damages tracks and running gear, and will tear holes in the finest fire bed.
Casey Jones has to coordinate with everything, sight, sound, smell, and feel to run the engine properly. He has to prevent the engine from slipping by feeling when it does a side ward movement of the back engine, has has only a split second to reduce the throttle to prevent a slip, as within 10 seconds He will open the throttle wide, as the engine is accelerating in full cut off. This means the Johnson Bar is in the corner...When he feels or hears the acceleration may be decreasing, he will "hook up" The Johnson bar. This gives his engine maximum power. This is only possible to do at low speeds, due to the limited ability to generate steam from the boiler, to supply it to the cylinders. Jones has to do it with great care, strength, and precision. When the catch is released on the quadrant it takes a firm hand to prevent the reverse lever or Johnson bar from jumping about wildly, as those valves don't want to move.
Jones would place his left foot at the position in which he wanted to move the lever firmly grasping the lever and squeezing off the latch. The Engine motion will push the lever towards him, and his body mass will slow it down. When it hits Jones foot he would release his grip on the latch to lock the lever into its new position. With this lever hooked up, the Engine exhaust becomes more clear, as it accelerates, and acts like it breathes easier, and within 15 or 20 seconds of running the cylinders are fully warmed, free and clear of condensation, so Jones closes the cylinder cocks, and then turns the sanders off, and stops ringing the bell.
Jones makes sure he does not pull the Johnson Bar up to far, or this would make his engines cylinders steam starved and his engine would behave in a wimpy manner. This is where his engineering experience comes in to feel the engine with placing the Johnson Bar into the correct position, to provide sufficient steam for expansion.
Jones will need to hook the Johnson Bar up, multiple times, before he achieves his desired maximum speed, especially as he flies through the town of McGee.
When the desired track speed is reached the position of the Johnson Bar is found to be the most efficient form of running, then the throttle may be closed a bit.
Jones has to make sure the expansion of the steam takes place in the cylinders, and not in the dry pipe.
Sim has been very busy, shoveling in 3-4 scoops of coal.. and waiting 15 to 20 seconds before putting in another set of 3 or 4 scoops.
If Sim put to much in it would not have enough oxygen to complete combustion, and the smoke of the engine would turn black, and available energy would be wasted. Sim continues to maintain doing this at a steady pace, as he needs to replace all the firebox coal within every 3 minutes. It is not usually difficult to keep her hot.
Sim also checks the boiler pressure and water level, adding water as needed with the injector. Water is very important, they need to maintain at least 4 inches of water on top of the crown sheet, roof of the firebox, to cool it...So it will not soften and collapse downward causing the classical boiler explosion.
Sim was also looking for signals, and confirms signals, track conditions, and grade crossing safety with Casey Jones.
Sim is also cautious to guard against clinkers and holes.
A clinker is a melted and fused gooey mass that clogs up fire bed that will not allow air through it.
A hole is caused by an unevenly laid out fire bed when it becomes to thin, and it tears a hole in the bed of coke, or can be caused by wheel slips or Johnson bar mishandling.
These conditions cause a reduction of firebox temperature, and often result in the loss of steam generation capacity.
...As they slowly gained momentum at first and then they were sweetly sailing, as they were building up momentum and speed gaining more and more ground....
I'd have to guess it was between 15-30 miles and then some were 60 and 80 miles on average but some say on the one straight stretch he pushed it hard to be close to 90-100 miles per hour...
The 382 steams on as if it was a horse strutting on like the best of it's breed. When the pressure started getting low.
Casey kept saying,
"Pour it on Sim, Pour it on."
They started to make jokes and puns about incidences on other runs, and talked about other things.
They even took a routine moment of silence at Harding Crossing....For Dave Dowling and his fireman Jack Barnett, who died when their engine overturned.
(Their names and incident verified from source: https://caseyjonesmuseum.weebly.com/casey-jones.html)
But most of the time, Casey either stood at his controls by the window, or sat on his stool, just enjoying the ride, as well as keeping his eyes upon the rails as he gently balanced the engine controls, and he kept his eyes glued to the engine, train, and to the rails, and nearby passing land...
He had to make many routine stops along the way, to refill the water, and station stops..
When Casey Jones approaches to stop at the station, he turns the throttle off, and then cracks it open to keep the lubrication flowing into the cylinders.
Casey then applies the air brake with about six psi reduction feathering off from 90 psi.
He then does a second four or five psi reduction with the air brake, and then the independent/engine brake is again released.
He then sets the independent brakes/engine brakes on to stretch the slack out.
Casey Jones has to plan to stop the train about 100 feet short of the desired stopping point.
The brakes are released for 4 seconds, followed by a brake reduction to about 75 psi and the Independent brake is released.
If the train is stopping too soon, the throttle is opened to nudge it a bit more.
Casey then just before or at the instant of stopping, would release the air brake, and fully apply the Independent brake, as he would shut off the throttle.
Completing a perfect "two application stop." .. and Casey would then shut off the lubricator.
The 382 was running smoothly at its fastest point.
Sim was getting nervous stating,
"Casey, maybe we should slow down?"
Casey kept saying,
"She's got her high healed slippers on tonight Sim. and we're going to the Baaaaaaaall."
He also sang some songs, with the engine sounds, and made many jokes...
Casey was known to be quite animated with his voice always trying to use a low tough raspy voice, so he jumped from Low bass to baritone often..
This Even was known to be an odd quirk in his time, but is more common in our time of voice over talents.
This made Sim chuckle a bit, and they both had a lot of fun going so fast sweetly high balling down the high iron.
(Going fast, down the main railway line.. like a fast highway.)
They had made up about an hour by then... and Sim.. was still asking if they could slow down a little.
Casey kept assuring him there was nothing to worry about. Casey was pushing it to the edge of its limits in speed.
Casey had white eye, which in railroading meant he was automatically responding to his usual running pattern by railway hypnosis...
He did not have to make a stop here on his freight runs. So Casey came in flying passed the station stop at 75 mph and by this time he slowed it down to about 25 miles per hour the historians say, Jones says he was close to 30...
They were approaching Vaughan, and were so engaged in a conversation that they had missed a whistle board, along with the station stop.
This ignited a heated conversation about Whistles and Bells.
Casey had never noticed it till Sim spoke up about it. This was very unusual for Casey.
Casey told him,
"It's fine. Everything is just fine"
Casey was also heavily sleep deprived, and never knew that fatigue was effecting his judgment at this point. He normally never grew tired.. and he was very tired..
As according to Jones the run he had prior to that run was a rainy and stormy and normally he did not get tired and he was tired and just wanted to go home...
And he had showed signs of being disappointed in himself for missing the signal, and the stop...
Casey was known to be a perfectionist in this job, but some called him otherwise...
That is what started the conversation.
He did take the curve at exactly 25 mph..
Which taking curves at that speed alone is to fast... he should have been going 10-15 mph... but he was struggling to slow the engine down.
They want to say because he was going to fast but that engine had braking issues, and Jones did describe the brakes to be sticky, towards the end of the run.
There was a commonly known braking issue in that model and make of engine.
He was not familiar with running this particular engine. He was used to running another one, that handled better on curves...
Jones and other engineers often commented about how every engine was known to have their own unique characters, traits, and personalities, and they handled different tasks and jobs in performing to the different amount of strengths and weaknesses for the jobs and tasks to complete.
Sim was listening to Casey talking on about his new whistle, and how he could not wait to get home to his wife and children.
They both discussed their families a bit...
Sim said he saw something through the wooded trees and told Casey to Stop the Train, and to jump with him.
It was foggy that night and there were many, many Trees...
So, Sim if he saw something it was nothing more than a flicker of a flash...
Casey Did not see anything...
And Many times I just assumed that 2:42 was the time of his crash... As many knew that time was often a time that would trigger my PTSD into his wreck memory....
The time of 2:42 the timing of the event when he told Sim Webb to Jump... it is a 3,000 foot left sided curve at 25 mph would have taken 18 minutes to make the full curve... Many do mention it as being part of a super large S curve.. but Jones viewed it as more of a large left handed curve..
They hit the torpedo, which is an explosive device attached to the rail, to signal the train crew to do an emergency stop. This had went off, with a loud bang.
Sim Jumped up replying,
"Casey you better slow down."
Casey had responded,
"Sim, don't worry that is for the train coming northbound.
We're southbound. Don't worry."
Casey misinterprets the signal, thinking it is for the other trains to stop for his train, as he was told he was in the clear..
When they missed the station stop, his conductor, J. C. Turner. Did not receive information about the Saw-by movement they were suppose to do, but they could not complete it anyhow as the two trains had mechanical issues that blocked the tracks that were suppose to be clear ahead of his. This is why there were two stalled trains, and the end of one of them were hanging onto the main track, unbeknown to Casey and Sim....
There was not suppose to be a saw-by...
However, do to flooding on the line, they ended up running more trains on the track than was planned..
Sim then pleaded,
And Casey replied,
"Sim, we are early remember?"
"Yes, B-b-ut Casey!! Casey! We're gonna crash!!, as he pointed towards his window. We're gonna hit something!"
Sim could barely see lights flashing through the trees so he knew something was on the tracks, but did not know for sure what.
At those words Casey Kicked the stool out from under himself, and jumped up and to perform the procedure to slow and emergency stop the train..
Engineer Jones throws open the sanders and then shuts off the throttle. He turns on the air to the train brakes, and then throws the Johnson Bar into reverse.
Then he slowly opens the throttle making sure not to lose traction as he puts the engine's drive wheels to be running in reverse..
Then pulls upon the whistle chord as he is blowing the whistle Multiple Short Toots and Three Long Toots then keeps blowing the whistle.. --- This triggered the Running Gear to reverse, and the Train's brakes to thump, thump, thump, along per length of each car, as the brakes locked up car to car a second with each lock, squealing of the wheels against the rails, even louder sounding than normal as it squealed against the flanges of the curved tracks....
And blowing the whistle... as he was looking for a flagman...
Sim claimed to see him Casey could not see him...
That is when Casey and Sim got into an argument.
Sim wanted Casey to Jump with him.
"I have to stay at my post!"
Sim grabbed Casey's arm and started to pull him trying to get him to come.
Casey brushed Sim's hand off him,
"You jump if you want to!! I have to stay here and warn the people ahead!!"
It was also common knowledge that Casey did not like the idea of jumping off moving trains either.. Some have speculated this is why he did not jump, but this was not the reason...
(He did not like the idea due a witnessing fellow railroader dying in a person under train incident. Not out of fear of it as some speculate.)
Casey had already done all that he really could do...
Casey had refused and then ordered Sim to Jump, as he had proceeded again replaying in gestures through the emergency procedure actions to stop the train..., although he by this time really, already completed this and he did all he could to stop it...
Sim Tried again pleading with Casey to jump.
Casey Yelled back,
"No, I will stay at my post!"
Sim still didn't want to unless Casey did.
Finally, Casey Yelled,
"Jump Sim!, that's an order!"
Sim jumped as he was replying,
"Fine Casey, You always get your way!"
Casey replied ordering,
"Jump Sim, Juuuump!"
Those words angered Casey even more, As he started to scream the whistle, and clang the bell, As his train rolled through the railroad crossing at the end of the bridge, and then he laid down screaming his calliope whistle many short toots and three long toots and then continuously screaming it!...
It sounded like from a normal railroad crossing whippoorwill and then 8 seconds later the whistle call turning into into the high pitch shrieks of a screaming banshee..
Casey kept Yelling as loud as he could,
"Move! Move Move!"
At the Train and people ahead.. and,
"Stop! Stop! Stop!"
At his Train...
..some other words were edited out of course...
He had only 8 seconds of blowing the whistle from the edge of the railroad crossing signaling before his engine collided with the caboose ahead of his..
Casey thought his train was going to stop in time. His train was closer than he had thought to the caboose, and the torpedo was also to close to the caboose.
Casey did see the flagman, but by this time it was far to late...
"Go Figures!.. That! He! Him!"
When he saw him...
The Flagman was just flagging to stop a train on the other end of the yard.. and was running up to wave the lantern to flag in signal to stop Casey's train, but he did not have time to run from the other end of the switch track, and siding.. to flag Jones train from the proper distance of 1000 feet ahead of his train in length, he was to close to the caboose as Jones came up the line, faster than they had expected.
It was also proven the flagman would not have been at the proper location to signal to him to stop the train and even if he was, some suspect he may or may not have see him do to the fog...
The train was no longer slowing down and had been going what appeared to be about close to 30.
He did all he could do by this time to stop the train, and could have jumped. He was in a wreck just like this before, and had road it out and survived....
He thought he could ride it out and survive it again. He also felt like he let his best friend Wallace down, who warned him in the dream not to put on the calliope whistle on his trains, as he had nightmares of bailed hay and shelled corn.. and bad things happening to Casey.
By this time, Casey already did all he could possibly do to stop this train. He had hung on coaching the engine to...
"Stop! please stop! and Oh My Lord! please stop! please Lord! .. Move! Move! Move, Move it! Train, Move! Stop!"
And yelled at others to,
"Run! Run! Run! Jump! Save Yourself! Save Yourself!"
... As he had thought of the safety of those ahead of him and thought of his love for his wife and children.. and safety of railroaders and passengers aboard his train...
He looked straight at the lanterns and caboose deck ahead of him as he blew his calliope whistle... hoping to see people jump and escape... He saw nothing...
Then with a bright flash of the caboose lights, and deck, and scattering of debris from the engine.. as he crashed head on upon the caboose.
The sounds of the impact along with clicking and creaking of wood, smashing on wood, and of the trees clicking and smashing on the engine, as the engine clips many trees in the process and the squealing of the train's brakes, and screaming of the flanges of the train's wheels scraping on the rails...As the event smelled sulpheric...
The tender (the car hauling the coal.) had separated from the engine, as the tender was riding up and climbing onto the back of 382 engine. This action had caused it to knock engine 382 at an angle during the caboose impact.
Then as his engine had impacted the caboose. This impact caused the engine to bounce up and turn sideways into a spin, As his engine crashed into the caboose and cracking into the wood from the cupola as this knocked loose the engine cab, as the engine was knocked hard.
The wood flew from the cupola of the caboose flying from behind him as the engine spun, and hit him directly in the back of his head, As the tender rolled past his engine...
He held onto the whistle chord, and onto the brakes, as his body was tossed about from the engine lunging and spinning around...
He was thankfully unconscious, but returned to his feet while unconscious, after the impact of the caboose, from the cupola wood knocking him out.. so he had no idea what all happened next...
As by this time he in and out of body witnessing as if it it were a mere night combined with a daydream....
The engine further drifted along the switch and siding.. The engine tender flew past the engine and the caboose, and landed on the side of the tracks, as the rest of Casey's train came to rest in the usual train wreck accordion configuration, along the tracks.
The 382 plowed into the next three rail cars...hitting the dip in the track increasing the speed as it plowed into them, the creaking and exploding of impact causing chunks of wood and debris, and fire... all to be showering upon him, as his engine crashes.
These three rail cars were loaded with shelled corn, and bailed hay, as it was barreling into another rail car loaded with timber logs.
Then the rear of the engine slammed into the timber car propelling it back into a forward spin as the engine was still in reverse.
This impact was causing his engine to spin around and circle the other direction, while again clipping the timber car, and do to the drivers still running full in reverse it had caused his engine to impact the timber car again...and his engine was pierced by the timber during the collision causing the boiler explosion...which showered them with chunks iron, fire, burning coal, steam, wood and debris, and this all igniting a massive fire that was all showered upon him and his train.
A chunk of metal flew out of the firebox and directly into his throat, during the boiler explosion, a stay bolt, in which forced him and his cab to fly backwards and the cab was crushed downwards and back during this.
The boiler explosion sent the engine flying back down the torn up tracks about where it had climbed the river embankment near where the wreck had originally began and it turned and rolled backwards down the embankment and the engine had tipped on its side and come to rest by the embankment, and close by to the bridge where the whole incident began.
This way the train rolled and landed was like an infinity symbol, from a bird's eye view, as the engine drivers kept rolling.... Kept rolling for many hours after the wreck, even after the gears were moved to stop them...until the engine was out of steam. Some had commented it was unusual for this to occur as long as it had.
He survived a wreck like this before at the same location and same error on Valentines Day, when he was nervous about proposing to his wife. This is what caused his distraction to misinterpret signals on that day.
However Jones was also part of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and one of the union rules was..
They stayed with the train....
Engineers always stayed at the controls of the train...
Although, I am sure that is not quite what they meant to ride it out till death...
That is how Jones saw it and he also thought he would survive. He also seemed to know at the same time he would not...
By then he was in so much pain, scalded, and buried in debris, and burned that he could not move.
For about 30-45 minutes passed the whole wreck site was in such a blaze they thought they were going to lose what was left of the remaining rail cars and the train... It had took them that long to locate where Casey's body was....
When they located him Mr. Markette and one other railroad worker had found his body, and together had gone into the wreckage and carried Casey out.
He was found severely injured under the back of the locomotive cab.
Jones was found under his cab.. and the cab was crushed downward, and he was buried within a pile of shelled corn and bailed hay.
Then it gets strange as Jones thinks someone had attacked him.. prior to pulling him out.... but he did have a concussion too, steam burns, and a major throat wound and other injuries.....
And it is possible as they were pulling him from the wreckage they maybe accidentally touched his throat wound, or this was a symptom of the confusion from his concussion, and steam burns......
Mr. Markette found his body under the cab, his right arm torn out of his socket, and he was still holding the whistle chord. His head was badly wounded from a chunk of wood hitting the back of his head, and he had a bad wound in his throat. He has also some very large wood splinters, around his throat and body as well..
They think his throat wound came from a bolt out from the firebox... or the boiler during the explosion...
By then he had started to regain consciousness a bit at the this point.
.. They put him onto a hay wagon that was also used as a luggage wagon... talking to him trying to keep him calm.
In those days a basic hay wagon is what they used as luggage wagons.
They found his body under bales of hay and shelled corn that landed on him during the wreck.
So they pulled him out of the wreck and tied his arms back on the luggage wagons, to keep him from clawing at his throat wound.
He kept trying to talk, But couldn't.
He kept on moving his left hand around, and lipping what he was trying to say.
He lost his sight before he was at the station things blacked out, but he could still hear things.
I am not even gonna attempt to recall what was said to him, as that is better left in the past.
Some was good some was not.
He regained his vision, and consciousness, and he was answering questions and writing letters, in notes to a few people..
The station platform is the last thing he remembered. He was laying on the station platform..
He only knew where he was because of the people talking, and the ground felt comfortable to him..
... But even with his concussion when they had got back to Vaughan Station he was alert enough that he was writing letters and answering questions as he was lying upon the platform of Vaughan Station. He also wrote some notes to his wife and children and then died.
They say his time of death was 3:52 so I was thinking how did a full hour go by?
They claim it was do to the length of time it took to find him in the wreck, do to the hay, corn, timber, debris and the fire...
Many have believed it was the concussion that had killed Jones.
I personally believe it was the throat wound, and blood loss.. and Jones believed when the doctor was trying to seal his throat wound is what did it in the end...
In those days they used to cauterize, and stitch such wounds.. So, Even with the doctor doing his best, it is possible to have messed.
The railroad made many of the records disappear in regards to his wreck so they had covered up something.
They were by this time attempting to set him up for failure left and right to not successfully bring a train in on time...
The officials and him were hot at each other...
The media and press, kept asking the railroad for a photo of "Casey" Jones in the 382.
So, they had modified a photo of him in the Train engine IC #638 and altered the photo to make it look like it was him in the Train #382... and gave this to the media..
So, not only did the railroad set him up for constant failure at the end, but they also exploited him for their own gain and publicity.
I, for public viewing, edited a lot out of what I had typed up. I removed a lot of the painful details.
After experiencing what appears to be his wreck through visions and dreams.
I am very strict and get very defensive on Jones's side. It's not something I try to do.
He may not see himself as a hero, folk hero, or legend.
But, I know from my connections to him and his wreck.
He was indeed a hero and a good man, and definitely deserved these titles.
He is often remembered by how he died.. but he lived a good life as well, of good value, and did his best in all he did.. like we all should do, and even took responsibility for his mistakes...
We all could only ask that in the end we all could do our best in life to be working as hard as he has done, and also to strive for utmost perfection in all we can do.
Even the strongest and best of us will at times find ourselves dealing with the common downfall.. of the Human Error, Even our best of heroes.. were still in the end good human beings, as he had earned to be representing as an American icon.
...Representing many of the unknown and unsung heroic engineers that all perished on the job in the same way as he had. .. As this also reminds us to always do our best...
....And to keep alert so we too do not miss stop signals, and running red lights.....
His story reminds us all to slow down, and to do our best by slowing down and by paying close attention to every detail.. As we do our work...
But, to not get down on yourself.. for a misinterpretation, miscommunication, and a human error...
...As even our great heroes deep down in the end, are still human.. after all.
Even the Best, of our locomotive Engineers.
--- Feb, 28 2020
The Wreck, by Casey Heinzism
There are a few summary points in my view from my visions and dreams that I will say. But, keep in mind what I type below, Is my view on this. It may or may not be fact at all. We really do not know.
Yes, Mr. Jones heard the torpedo. He thought it was for the train heading North, to stop and wait for his train, as he plowed through.
Mr. Sim Webb, his fireman, had told him to stop, and that he thought they were going to hit something. Casey told him that he thought it was for the train heading north. Had Casey not been in the cab without a fireman he may not have activated the brakes at this time, to stop the train. Sim Webb, is often not given enough credit for alerting Engineer Jones to the lights and flickers he saw on the tracks, and for trying to save Jones's life.
They were heading southbound. The side of the curve was so steep, and heavily wooded. That from Casey's side in the cab. He could not see the flagman.
Sim could see something on the tracks he was not sure other than flickering lights.. and he had told Casey to stop.
Casey did not jump, in the event to stay aboard blowing the whistle to warn any passengers in the caboose ahead, and any possible railroad crews, and workmen, and others on or near the tracks ahead of him to get out of the way.
He did not notice the flagman, nor did he see him until it was to late. In these visions, The flagman, was two close to the caboose, and Casey was short flagged.
Holding onto the brakes, and the whistle cord. He rode into the splinters and flames.
Then during impact a chunk of the caboose cupola had hit the back of Casey's his head, and the impact of crashing on a downhill switch cause them to increase speed at close to 30 knocking him backwards, as the boiler explosion caused the crushing his engine cab downwards..
The Torpedo was also incorrectly to close to the caboose... Casey's engine impacted the caboose 8 seconds after he completed signaling for the railroad crossing.
"Casey" Jones was one who stuck to his job, and his love up to the last moment.
Despite his human errors. If you always stick to what you love and do your best, at what you do.
Then you are indeed a hero. Always remain true to yourself.
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