New Britian, CT Train Wreck, Sept 1883


Railway Accident in Connecticut--Remarkable Escape from a Serious Disaster.

NEW BRITAIN, Conn., Sept. 3. The early morning passenger train, Conductor Densmore, bound east from Brewster's, jumped the track half a mile east of New Britain at 8:40 this morning owning to a misplaced switch, which threw the train on to a siding. The engineer James Allen, was seriously cut about the head and arms. No passenger was injured. The engine and tender are a complete wreck.

HARTFORD, Conn., Sept. 3. The accident to the passenger train on the New York and New England Railroad at New Britain this morning was due to trackmen, who were tapping ties. The switch had been thrown out of place temporarily, and was not readjusted in time for the passenger train to pass, which was nearly due. The engineer discovered his train on the siding and reversed his engine, but too late to prevent a collision, which struck two freight cars heavily loaded, standing on the track, completely demolishing them. The engineer was taken from under the engine badly injured, but not fatally. The train was making 23 miles an hour, and the escape of the passengers from injury is remarkable.

Boston Journal, Boston, MA 3 Sept 1883