“The Little Red Caboose Behind the Train (IV)”


"Bill Jackson was a brakeman on number 51." Engineer Dad Mendenhall loses his brakes on Crooked Hill. The crew scrambles to set the brakes by hand in icy weather. Bill is thrown from the train and dies; his body is brought home in the caboose

Cross references

  • cf. "Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane" (tune) and references there
  • cf. "Little Red Caboose Behind the Train (I), (II), (III), (V)" (tune, structure)


  1. Cohen-LSRail, pp. 261-263, "The Little Red Caboose behind the Train (I)" (2 texts; tune referenced. The "B" text is this piece;"A" is "Little Red Caboose (I)")
  2. BI, LSRai261


Author: probably John Lair (tune by Will S. Hays)
Earliest date: 1935 (100 WLS Barn Dance Favorites)
Keywords: train wreck death