Hartford, CT Train Derailment, Feb 1896


Accident to a Freight Train in Front of Union Depot.

An accident happened to a freight train bound up the Hartford Railroad just as it was leaving the yard in front of Union Depot this morning at 9:30. The train was proceeding slowly and in rounding a curve, the forward truck on a Pennsylvania Road car left the track and dragged off the rear truck. The car then toppled over on its side and the car following was also partially derailed, the forward truck leaving the rails. As soon as the accident was discovered the brakes were applied and the train stopped after proceeding perhaps 75 feet.

If the train had proceeded a little further one of the main tracks would have been blocked. The wrecking train soon arrived, work was prosecuted with vigor and at 11 o'clock both cars were replaced on the tracks.

The principal damage was to the car which went off its side. The trucks were broken and a portion of the side sheathing smashed. The car was placed on a siding and the merchandise transferred. Repairs will be made at the shops in this city. Several of the railroad ties were almost cut in two by the wheels of the derailed car, but the tracks were not torn up. Quite a crowd watched the work of replacing the cars on the track.

Assistant Superintendent Bowman of the New York division, said he could not tell the cause fo the accident. Some portion of the broken car might have fallen down on the track, or the rails might have spread. The train was sent out after a slight delay.

New Haven Register, New Haven, CT 7 Feb 1896