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L&N’s original F7A unit –number 800—suffered a horrific fate. After it had later been renumbered 847, the engine was on the point of Norton, VA to Corbin, KY through freight 66 on Sunday, June 7, 1964. Along with my friend Benny Adams, we stowed away on the third unit---RS3 118---and rode from Appalachia, VA to Loyall, KY that day (but with the knowledge of the head end crew). After an hour of adding fill tonnage there, the train departed for Corbin. About three miles out of the yard, at Wilhoit, number 66 ran head-on into train 65, its opposite number bound for Norton. The second train had disregarded a restrictive signal and continued through an improperly lined CTC switch directly into the path of the train led by the 847. Two men died in the ensuing “cornfield meet,” and three others were injured. The 847 was loaded on a flat car and taken back to South Louisville, where it was retired and scrapped. On a visit to the shop with L&N’s Charlie Castner the following month, I came face to face again with the unit that had led our train that fateful Sunday. As for Benny and me—we came away rather rattled from this near-death experience. Railroading is a very, very dangerous business.
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