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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 1, Issue 2 (June, 1926)

An Acrobatic Engine

An Acrobatic Engine.

On November 21st at 6.45 a.m. (says the Annual Report of the Japanese Government Railways), a passenger train, No. 621 (composed of five bogie passenger cars) was running between Fubasami and Imaichi, Nikko Line. No sooner had it reached the up grade than the engine began rolling in the air until it came to a standstill. A relief engine was sent from Imaichi station, but as the drivers on the latter failed to work the brake properly it rushed against the train in situ. The violent shake destroyed two engines, thereby injuring six passengers, three railway servants, and one railway post office servant.

A London Cabman, unable to pass a bus, was inflamed to paroxysms of unthinkable objurgation. “Oh, sir,” said the driver of the bus in tones of reverence, “that was lovely! Will yer kindly tell me where ye're preaching next Sunday? I should so like to ‘ear yer at yer best.”