COFFEE COUNTY, Tenn.- Residents in Coffee County were treated to the bizarre scene of an train antique box car off the track tearing down phone and power lines.
Pulling over a 40,000 pound antique was a first for Coffee County Deputy Jim O'Neil. He said when he stopped the tractor trailer carrying the box car, it looked like it might fall off the back. The big rig was hauling the box 1983 model railroad car from Carthage and it was Lee Flippo's job to get it to the railroad museum in Cowan, Tennessee.
Flippo took a rural route to avoid traffic and town, but soon discovered that the box car was a bit much for the narrow country roads. Deputy O'Neil stopped him after neighbors complained service lines were ripped down.
"You can see how high it is. It would pull the lines down across there," said Deputy O'Neil.
"We heard a loud racket and the rear train wheel tilted back and cut into the road is all I know," said one resident.
Despite problems Flippo was determined to get the box car to its final destination.
"They're going to paint it red, put a yellow stripe on it and letter it up like it used to be. It's going to be something to see. It will be real nice. You think you will get there," said Glenn Dillhay, a local neighbor.
The antique boxcar did indeed make it safely to the Cowan Railroad Museum and the trucking company said it will fix any damage done to the road or power lines.