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The Illinois Central No. 382 was a 4-6-0 Ten-Wheeler-type steam locomotive. It was built by the Rogers Locomotive Works in 1898 for the Illinois Central and it was a very powerful engine for the time.

It was used for both freight and passenger service on the Illinois Central Railroad for much of its career. This was the locomotive driven by railroad legend Casey Jones on the night of his fatal crash on April 30, 1900 when the locomotive collided with the caboose of a stalled freight train that had failed to completely clear the right-of-way near Vaughan, Mississippi.

After the crash it was rebuilt and returned to service but suffered a string of accidents killing at least 6 workers and injuring many others. In January 1903 some criminals caused 382 to wreak nearly demolishing the locomotive, the engineer who replaced Casey Jones on the engine Harry A Norton lost both his legs and was badly scalded, his fireman later died 3 years later. Daniel in September 1905, Norton and the 382 flipped over in the Memphis South Yards. This time however the train was moving slowly and Norton was uninjured. January 22, 1912 382 now No.22012 was involved in another wreck that killed 4 prominent railroad men and injured several others an engineer by the name of Strewed was driving. The locomotive was then retired from service, and it was finally scrapped in July 1935; on the way to the yard, it jumped the rails and cost the life of one final victim.

Trivia[]

  • The engine is nicknamed "Casey's Cursed Locomotive" due to the inordinately high number of accidents in which it was involved starting with the crash that claimed Jones' life.
  • Over the years it was renumbered to 212, 2012, and finally 5012, but the "curse" held strong.
  • It was considered the most difficult locomotive to operate on the Illinois Central because of her perceived "curse".
  • Besides "Casey's Cursed Locomotive" the locomotive was also known affectionately as "Cannonball" and "Ole 382".
  • As of Today, There's a Different Locomotive (Clinchfield Railroad #99) has been dolled up as the 382 and placed on display at the Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum in Jackson, Tennessee to commemorate the disaster.
  • Also, the mock-up steam locomotive 'Constitution' made for the 2013 Disney film The Lone Ranger bares a very strong resemblance to the 382.
  • The locomotive was pulling the The New Orleans Special passenger train when it crashed in 1900.
  • Coincidentally the 382 was 37 years old by the time it was scrapped in 1935, the same age Casey Jones was when he perished in the wreck in 1900.