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Planning for famed railroad engineer’s birthday celebration

By Derek Stetzler, Producer, dstetzler@wcyb.com
Published On: Mar 04 2013 05:10:04 AM CST
Updated On: Mar 04 2013 01:20:49 PM CST
JACKSON, Tenn. -

Events are currently being planned to commemorate the 150th anniversary of famed railroad engineer Casey Jones’ birthday on March 14.

This special event, intended to honor and remember the famed engineer, has been put together by director of the Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum in Jackson, Lawrence Taylor.

Jones, a Jackson native, became well known for slowing down a Cannonball Express train before it could collide at full speed into a stalled freight train, preventing the death of his passengers, but losing his own life.

The celebration is set to include a variety of events including a presentation honoring Jones, old-time music and some educational activities.