ENGINE 143

Latest update on 08/10/2016

Artist: Carter Family
Author: traditional
Label: Victor
Year: 1929

On Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music. A.P. Carter had many examples of wreck songs to choose from: The C&O Wreck by George Reneau ('24), The Wreck Of The C&O by Charles Lewis Stine ('25) and The Brave Engineer by Roy Harvey ('26), also cut by Ernest V. Stoneman as The Wreck Of The C&O (George Allen) in '25 and '26.

Covers:

1950s:

Flatt & Scruggs [as George Alley's F.F.V.]

1956:

Kossoy Sisters with Erik Darling

1961:

Joan Baez

1961:

Dave Van Ronk [same melody in Georgie And The IRT]

1962:

Annie Watson [Doc's mother as The F.F.V.]

1964:

Doc Watson [idem]

1978:

Townes Van Zandt [idem]

2000:

Dave Alvin

2006:

Ramblin' Jack Elliott

The facts: Train conductor George Alley was killed when his F.F.V. (Fast Flying Vestibule or Fast Flying Virginian), a train with locomotive n° 134 (sic), crashed on the C&O line, October 23, 1890. He was the only casualty. Cause of the accident: an avalanche near Don, Virginia. Morality: shit happens. See also: Casey Jones.

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