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Thread #60595 Message #3907095
Posted By: Joe Offer
22-Feb-18 - 02:56 AM
Thread Name: Origins: The Wreck of No. 52
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Wreck of No. 52
Mudcatter Janie took me to Danville, Virginia, last year - on September 22, to be exact. We went to the site of the Wreck of the Old 97, and we saw a lot of stuff about the Old 97 at the city visitor center and an Old 97 mural on a wall downtown - but nothing about the Number 52. Scalded to Death by the Steam (by Katie Letcher Lyle, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1991) cites newspaper articles from May 4 and 6, 1933, so the wreck must have happened within a few days before May 4.
In his Long Steel Rail (page 182), Norm Cohen says that Cliff Carlisle wrote "The Wreck of the Number 52," but that's all Cohen has to say about the song. Note that Cohen provided the information Katie Letcher Lyle used in Scalded to Death by the Steam.