About 50 years ago, before rheostatic air and vacuum brakes were the norm on heavy coal trains, we had ”swingers!” Swingers were unfitted freight wagons. Swingers tested a driver’s ability to the full. Get it wrong and the Grim Reaper would scythe YOU big time! It was something like driving a road vehicle with just the hand brake to stop. I passed my driving test in those days. If the distant signal was yellow, it was no messing about, GET YOUR TRAIN UNDER CONTROL! Or the train will be a “RUNAWAY”, and you went POOP! POOP! POOP! On the steam whistle and prayed!
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