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Casey at the throttle

By | March 15, 2021

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Engineer and fireman on steam locomotive

Engineer and fireman on steam locomotive

In the only known photo of legendary engineer John Luther “Casey” Jones at the throttle of a locomotive, Jones and fireman J. W. McKinnie are ready to take Illinois Central 2-8-0 638 out for a break-in run after a shopping at Water Valley in summer 1898. Less than two years later, Jones perished in a wreck made famous in song.

Robert Ward, C. B. Gurner collection

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