This is a scene from Patricia C. McKissack 's "11:59" where Lester tells his tales (most importantly the 11:59 train) to Pullman car porters .
“Lester, you know anybody who ever heard the whistle of the 11:59 and lived to tell—”
“Not a living soul!”
“You haven’t got word, Lester? Tip boarded the 11:59 over in Kansas City about a month ago.”
“Sorry to hear that. That just leaves me and Willie Beavers, the last of the old, old-timers here in St. Louis.”
“I haven’t heard from ol’ Tip in a while. Anybody know anything?”
"It was nice seeing you too Lester, have a great rest of your night!"
"It's getting late, I'm gonna hed out. It was so nice seeing you guys again and thank you for listening to all my stories!"
"No. I'm not ready. I've got plenty of living left."
While Lester was walking home from the restaurant he hears the train whistle and nervously looks down at his watch and sees that it is 11:59, which means he now has 24 hours to live.
Lester was taking every precaution he could to survive the 11:59 train.
"I won't eat or drink anything all day, that way I can't choke, die of food poisoning, or cause a cooking fire."
Lester's time ran out and he was finally caught by the 11:59 train. A couple of days later, some friends went to his apartment to look for him but they found him dead on the floor with his precious watch showing the time of 11:59.