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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 9 (January 1, 1928)

The Driver's Answer

The Driver's Answer.

“Supposing, as your engine was proceeding at express speed on a single line, you saw another train approaching from the opposite direction, what action would you take?” was a question put to an enginedriver to whom the importance of particular economy in the use of coal, oil, and stores, had been stressed during an oral examination. The answer came: ‘I should immediately grab as much coal as possible from the tender, seize the oil-can, gather up a bundle of cotton waste, and jump for my life!’”

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