Our first notable stop on our trip to Albuquerque was Casey Jones Railway Museum. I had vaguely known about the song of Casey Jones, but was glad to get the history refresher.
Casey Jones was an engineer for a passenger train that ran between New Orleans and Chicago. He was noted for maintaining a strict schedule.
He was at the helm in April of 1900 when he encountered another train on a switch that was not able to get off the tracks for his passing. He attempted to stop but was unable. The resulting crash caused his death, but he was able to spare his passengers.