I recently rediscovered the song “Wreck of the Old '97,” and subsequently learned about the actual wreck. It’s an interesting historical event and a great song.
The lyrics (Johnny Cash version) begin:
Well they gave him his orders at Monroe, Virginia,
Said: "Steve, you’re way behind time,
"This is not 38, this is Ol’ 97,
“Put her into Spencer on time.”
So here’s my question: What’s 38?
General discussion of the song and the wreck are welcome here too!