John Wesley Gibbs, "The Flying Parson," gentles the automatic descending Saluda. One of the fastest runners on the Asheville Division, the Parson liked to tell of a fireman who threw down his scoop while their Mike was highballing near Campobello, S.C. and shouted to him, "Slow her down or we'll both get killed!" The Parson explained that he was a Russelite and he would go directly to heaven if he was killed. The fireman replied, "Slow her down for my sake - I'm not sure where I'm going!"

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