The Little Engine That Thought He Might
One hundred and forty-six years ago from this date was The Great Locomotive Chase with The General vs The Texas.
Andrews Raiders were Yankee spies. They spent the night in Marietta and that morning they took the same train to Big Shanty, now Kennesaw, which is only several miles up the tracks. When the crew went into the Lacy Hotel for breakfast James Andrews and men commandeered the train.
By the way, while conducting (get it?) my brief research I found out two of Andrews Raiders did not make it that morning. They overslept.
Conductor William Fuller saw the engine was snatched right out from under them and he commandeered The Texas and up the tracks they went. They were caught up with in Ringgold, Georgia.
The General is on display at Civil War Museum in Kennesaw and The Texas is on display at the Cyclorama in Atlanta.
The story of the great chase made a few good movies. A good chase move. And it really happened.
Sometimes Hollywood tries to update things with today’s things. How does “The Great School Bus Chase” sound? Or “The Great F-16 Chase?” Or the great Hummer?
Nope, it just isn’t the same.
Maybe add a few scantily clad women as engineers?
Or at least some ethnic graffiti.