1940 Lake Shore Limited wreck. 31 people died.
The official cause of the wreck was reported as “excessive speed entering the curve,” which was slow ordered to 45 mph. The Lake Shore Limited entered the curve at 61 mph. Comments by Road Foreman of Engines Bayreuther, who was riding in the cab and survived, indicated that the throttle was closed suddenly in the midst of the curve. That probably caused the slack to run in and shove the back of the engine off the tracks where it hit a block wall, and as you can see from the photo, chaos ensued with the trailing passenger cars. There was much conjecture about who closed the throttle, Bayreuther or Jesse Earl, the engineer who died a few hours after the crash, trapped in the cab.
Frisco 4409, a 4-8-2 oil burner pulling #3, the “will Rogers” near
Newburg, MO about 4;15am 2-26-49. Boiler blew up derailing engine and 5 cars. Engineer Frank Fulton lost a arm. Fireman burned, no passengers hurt.
Flying Yankee Walpole 1945 by Brian McCarthy
From the June 1985 B&M Bulletin… page 35:
“On January 19. 1945, the 6000 operating as the Cheshire, Train No. 5506, sustained it’s most serious mishap when it when it derailed and crashed into the Walpole , N.H. freight house. A section crew, enjoying a brief respite within, was somewhat shaken up by the encounter.”
Amtrak Silver Meteor
This is actually the 2nd unit of two.
May 17, 1994
Lola, Kansas: 63 hurt on the Southerner, Fast Missouri Pacific Passenger train from New Orleans to Kansas City by Boston Public Library
File name: 08_06_000345
Title: Lola, Kansas: 63 hurt on the Southerner, Fast Missouri Pacific Passenger train from New Orleans to Kansas City
Creator/Contributor: Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967 (photographer)
Date created: 1928
Physical description: 1 negative : glass, black & white ; 4 x 5 in.
Genre: Glass negatives
Subjects: Railroad accidents
Notes: Title and date from information provided by Leslie Jones or the Boston Public Library on the negative or negative sleeve.
Collection: Leslie Jones Collection
Location: Boston Public Library, Print Department
Rights: Copyright © Leslie Jones.
Preferred citation: Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.
Rerailing the last Ak-Sar-Ben Zephyr car, a coach.
CB&Q Heavyweight Diner and CZ 10-6 Sleeper “Silver Craig”
The car to the left is DRG&W Diner “Silver Gorge” the other is CB&Q 10-6 Sleeper “Silver Crag”. Both are California Zephyr cars.