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''''eroic Engineer Stops Runaways and Averts Collision
Imagine yourself in the cab of a switch engine watching four runaway diesel locomotive units about to strike you broadside under full power. This was the situation that faced T. A. Perry Jr., a 49-year-old MoPac engineer, in the early morning cold of Oct. 30 at Poplar Bluff, Mo. So well did he respond to this emergency that he not only saved his own life but also averted a collision between the runaways and an oncoming freight train. Mr. Perry's performance in this dangerous situation has earned him a $1000 U.S. Savings Bond and a personal letter of gratitude from D. B. Jenks, president of the Missouri Pacific System. Waiting For A. Switch It was 12 :30 a.m. and Mr. Perry was waiting on the main line for a switch before crossing over into a nearby yard to pick up some cars. At the same time, a hostler was bringing a four-unit diesel consist up to the main line on a service track. For reasons unknown, the four units took off under full power and the hostler leaped to safety. "They were coming at me from the side," Mr. Perry said. "I sounded a warning and they kept on coming. Then I saw the hostler on the ground and I knew there was no one riding those units. By that tim~ it was too late for me to jump, e~~n if I had wanted to." So Mr.' Perry rammed his throttle into full power, pulled out 'ahead and started running north with the four runaways right behind. Making a dangerous situation even more grave was the fact that MoPac No. 67, powered by three more diesels, was heading down the main line from the north with 81 freight cars in tow. "I knew No. 67 was coming because I had heard her engineer.,on the radio," Mr. Perry recalled. "And I knew that No. 67 already had passed the last CTC signal and that her engineer would assume he had a clear track into Poplar Bluff. I k~pt looking for her headlights." Radio Saves No. 67 What Mr. Perry did not realize
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T. A. Perry

oPac
DECEMBER, 1966 NUMBER 6

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