Southern Railway Caboose, Roberta

Southern Railway Caboose Roberta GA Crawford County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

A marker at the caboose is dedicated to the memory of Clarence Moseley “Ribs” Peel (8 November 1897-8 October 1955) and his wife Jessie Blackwell Peel (5 May 1907-18 October 2001).  Mr. Peel, who was a trainman with the Southern Railway for 38  years, died in a railroad accident near Hazlehurst. After receiving information (which later proved to be incorrect) that another train was fast approaching his, he made the supreme sacrifice of staying with his train so that his co-workers could disembark and be safe. Mrs. Peel considered this spot hallowed ground as her husband spent so much of his career here. The moving memorial was placed by their children, Bettie Jane Rigdon, Claudine Peel, Juanita Goodson, Carlise Moncrief, and Claire Mattox, in 2010.

Roberta Historic District, National Register of Historic Places


2 thoughts on “Southern Railway Caboose, Roberta


    Brian,   The irony here is that this caboose is NOT a SOUTHERN RAILWAY prototype… it is (or, at least, appears to be) a SEABOARD AIR LINE RAILROAD prototype that has been painted to (somewhat) represent a SOUTHERN RAILWAY caboose.   Just in case anyone was curious…     John Degnan


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