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Jovial Monk
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May 2nd, 2021 at 3:38pm
 
This happened but sounds pretty loony toons.

There is a book:

The Mitchell Railroad Raiders by John A. Wilson (Kindle edition in my case, $3.27.)

Dates to the US Civil War. Things were quiet in Mid Tennessee but trains were bringing supplies to MG Bragg. So a plan was hatched to send 24 union soldiers in plain clothes to Marietta or Big Shanty in Georgia (later the site of battles in Sherman’s Atlanta campaign) to steal a locomotive, head north, destroying rails, burning bridges etc.

Sounds far fetched but would have worked. the heroes got to where the train stops so passengers could have a meal at the station (depot.) They stole the train after unhitching all the wagons.

Unfortunately they had been delayed by rain—no sealed roads! The day they steal the train there are numerous trains coming the other way. They get caught.

Eight are hanged as spies. The rest plan a desperate breakout schedule that actually works. Two of the escapees decide to head south on the grounds the rebs would be searching to the north. Harrowing tale of heading south, eating raw corn right off the cob, eating raw pumpkin, sweet potato etc. They find a boat and paddle it down south to the Gulf and find the Union blockading squadron. Along the way they sort of white water raft it, in a wooden boat, at night, twice!

Worth getting the book, only $3.27.

But can read about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Locomotive_Chase

Buster Keaton made a film “The General” which must have been based on the episode:



In it there is a scene where they tie a rope to a telegraph pole and the train pulls that pole out of the ground. That is in the book.
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Reply #1 - May 3rd, 2021 at 6:10pm
 
I can recall reading ,


"""The Little Engine That Could"""
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Reply #2 - May 3rd, 2021 at 7:05pm
 
BigP wrote on May 3rd, 2021 at 6:10pm:
I can recall reading ,


"""The Little Engine That Could"""


Just a year or two ago was it?
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Reply #3 - May 4th, 2021 at 5:55am
 
Jovial Monk wrote on May 3rd, 2021 at 7:05pm:
BigP wrote on May 3rd, 2021 at 6:10pm:
I can recall reading ,


"""The Little Engine That Could"""


Just a year or two ago was it?


I never throw away a book and I periodically take a trip down memory lane
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Reply #4 - May 5th, 2021 at 6:56pm
 
Well, the book I mentioned isn’t kids stuff. Gritty. Real story.

“Kids books” I kept are “Wind in the Willows” and the two Alice books. I DID read the Bush Babies and Evil Banksia Men, just before I gave it to my great niece  Smiley
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Reply #5 - May 5th, 2021 at 7:03pm
 
The Fat controller had a good relationship with Thomas.

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“I think I can!”
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Reply #7 - May 8th, 2021 at 8:17pm
 
Jovial Monk wrote on May 5th, 2021 at 7:05pm:
“I think I can!”

Often Thomas would get back to the station covered in soot after a hard days work but he was well chuffed because he knew he had pleased the Fat controller. They had a special relationship.
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I believe you!
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Reply #9 - May 8th, 2021 at 8:22pm
 
I like Ringo Stars narrative, he got right into it.
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Reply #10 - May 23rd, 2021 at 9:09pm
 
Monk, there is a restored and colourised version of Keaton's 'The General' doing
the rounds.

Well worth a look if you enjoyed the original (as I did).

Here is a link...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EE4qdXehoU
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