NH wreck 1930's or 1940's?

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NH wreck 1930's or 1940's?

flatcar99
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Joined: 22 Jul 2017, 18:53

06 Dec 2017, 06:10 #1

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rsullivan
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Joined: 14 Dec 2016, 20:36

06 Dec 2017, 14:59 #2

Mr. Flatcar99. I tried finding a record of a train collision at Atlantic, Mass., but didn't. So I went to GenDiasaters.com at: http://www.gendisasters.com/mainlist/ma ... nts?page=1, and checked out every train collision after 1857 that was in the Boston area. The only one listed that involved two trains with injuries was at Revere, Mass. It was in 1871, with 27 dead and 22 injured. However, Revere is north of Boston and Atlantic is south just above Quincy, so it can't be the same collision. Now the list on GenDisaster.com does not say it is complete, and it only has three pages for all of Massachusetts. So, I'm pretty sure that it hasn't been added to the list yet. All my other search attempts came up negative. Sorry I could help out.
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flatcar99
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07 Dec 2017, 19:20 #3

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rsullivan
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08 Dec 2017, 01:42 #4

Mr. Flatcar99. Mr. J.W. Swanberg identified that collision on page 556 in his New Haven Power 1938 - 1968 (1988). He said, "At 8:24 AM on Nov. 29, 1933, Old Colony cummuter train 646 with I-2 Pacific 1345 rearended another commuter train at Atlantic, Mass., due to the engineer disregarding a stop signal, as well as short flagging by the preceding train's crew. The 1345's fireman was killed, with 204 passengers and three employees injured." The paragraph goes on about the preceding train's eight rebuilt 4400 series wooden coaches being equipped with steel underframes and anti-telescoping vestibules which prevented the telescoping of the passenger cars. The film clip shows the limited damage to the rear coach due to the upgrades to the 4400 series wooden coaches in 1929 at the Readville Shops. Sorry it took so long, but I had to look in a lot of places for I-2 #1345 being involved in a collision. Thankfully, Mr. Swanberg recorded it for us.
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nhrr246512
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09 Dec 2017, 12:42 #5

For Massachusetts South Shore residents, the Patriot Ledger newspaper of April 15, 1966 carried a long article on the demolition of the NHRR Neponset River Bridge which included a description and another, better photograph of the November 29, 1933 collision. Apparently the lumber schooner Minas Prince of Nova Scotia had trouble negotiating the draw which was the reason for the first train being held and subsequently rammed by the second.
Three weeks later on the schooner's return trip through the draw it became wedged in the passage with its tug, the Eileen Ross, and Old Colony traffic was suspended for eleven hours as a result.
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