John Luther "Casey" Jones (1864-1900)

___Casey Jones was a famous engineer. He got his nickname from where he was born, Cayce, Kentucky. Casey was well known for being reliable and always getting his trains in on schedule, even in stormy weather. One April night in 1900, Casey and his fireman (coal shoveler) made a very long, tiring trip in a bad storm, but still brought the train in on time. Shortly after they arrived, they found out the engineer scheduled for the return trip was sick and they were needed to fill in for him. They wearily returned to the train, headed back and were making good progress through the night.
___However, a disabled freight train blocked the track on their route back. They did not see it until it was too late to come to a safe stop. Pulling as hard as he could on the air brake, Casey told his fireman to jump. Casey bravely remained on board, applying the brake and slowing the train to the very end. There was a horrible crash. Had Casey jumped, too, the crash would have been much worse. Casey died, but because of Casey’s bravery, his fireman and all of his passengers lived. Casey had given his life to save all of their lives.
___Our Lord Jesus gave his life to save our lives, too. Our sins are like the coal that fuels the fire that runs us into danger. But if we believe in Jesus, our sins will not be held against us. At the end of our earthly travels, we will not crash and burn, but will "pull into a heavenly station" of unbelievable beauty and peace. Who knows, maybe we will see Casey Jones there, too! 1

Rev 2:10 . . . Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.
1 Cor 16:13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.

[Opportunity: If you are ever near Vaughan, MS, you may want to visit the Casey Jones Railroad Museum State Park ( or if near Water Valley, MS, the Water Valley Casey Jones Railroad Museum ( or if near Jackson, TN, the Casey Jones Village (]

1 Carol Beach York, Casey Jones (USA: Troll Associates)
"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."
John 15:13

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