and the fake 382
The 382 was brought to the shop at Water Valley after the wreck and rebuilt "just as it had come from the Rogers Locomotive Works in 1898," says Bruce Gurner. It was soon back in service on the same run with engineer, Harry A. "Dad" Norton.
In January of 1903, train wreckers threw a switch into the Florence Pump Works on Mallory Avenue in south Memphis and wired the lamp in a clear position. Norton and the 382 went into the switch at high speed, tearing up a cut of box cars and nearly demolishing the locomotive.
Both Norton's legs were broken and he was so badly scalded the Memphis newspaper, COMMERCIAL APPEAL, reported him fatally wounded. His fireman, J. W. McDaniels of Water Valley, did die three days later.
In September of 1905, Norton and the 382 turned over in the Memphis South Yards. This time, however, the train was moving slowly and Norton was uninjured.
In the early hours of Monday, January 22, 1912, at the water tank near the southern Illinois junction town of Kinmundy, train No. 25, following special orders, stopped for water. At approximately 12:31 a.m., just a minute or two after stopping, and before the flagman could get very far back, No. 25 was rammed by No. 3, the Panama Limited.
On the rear of No. 25 was a wooden Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific office car. That car was telescoped 2/3 thirds of its length by the engine of No. 3, the 1079. Four of the occupants of the private car, all prominent railroad men were instantly killed, and four other occupants suffered minor injuries. Several trainmen were also injured suffered minor injuries. Several trainmen were also injured.
No. 25 was being pulled by engine 2012, the same engine that was once numbered the 382.
During its 37 years of service, the 382 was renumbered as 212, 2012, and 5012. It was involved in accidents which would take six lives before it was retired from service in 1935.
Copyright © 2006 Jack Gurner