Re: Jimmy Hobbs plays marbles

Dean Smith

    Thanks for the information. I don’t suppose you could post a photo of the ticket cabinet. I’d love to see it. Thanks!

Sent: Monday, August 24, 2020 4:38 PM
Subject: Re: [ETWNC] Jimmy Hobbs plays marbles
I own the ticket cabinet from the ET&WNC depot in Elizabethton with the tickets to each point on the line. Each row of tickets has a large clay marble that holds them down, not a ball bearing. I have a Clinchfield ticket cabinet too and it has the clay marbles. So your scene (which is very cool) is probably accurate without steel ball bearings.

On Aug 24, 2020, at 4:25 PM, Dean Smith <smithfive@...> wrote:

Outside the Hampton Depot, Jimmy Hobbs and his buddies risk getting in trouble for playing marbles with the ball bearings the railroad uses to weigh down the tickets in the ticket cabinet, as per a story Jim told at an ET&WNC Historical Society convention many years ago. If his dad, Clarence Hobbs, the railroad's superintendent, catches them, there will be H-E-Double Hockey Sticks to pay.
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