Madison, CT Train Wreck, Jan 1896


Shore Line Extra Nearly Derailed at Madison--A Remarkable Accident.

An extra freight which left this City at about noon yesterday, met with an accident near the Madison station which came near making a wreck of the train. The train was a Harlem River freight bound for Providence and Boston. It was drawn by one of the big mogul engines. Upon leaving this City the cars were apparently in good shape, all of the wheels having been inspected upon its arrival from Harlem River. The train was in charge of Conductor Maroney of this City and all went well until Madison was reached. Just as the train passed the station, half of one of the wheels on the third car from the rear flew out. The accident was discovered by the station master, who immediately telegraphed the occurrence to this City. It was expected there would be an immediate call for the wrecking train, but such proved not to be the case.

The accident was discovered on the train as soon as the station master made the discovery and brakes were applied with a vim. The train ran about 2,000 feet before it stopped, the broken wheel pounding the track meanwhile and threatening at every instant to derail the cars. When the trainmen inspected the broken wheel, they found that half of it had broken off.

The wheel was securely chained up to the car and the train proceeded very slow to Clinton, where the broken car was taken out and left on the siding and the rest of the train then proceeded with but a brief delay. If the car in question had left the track, the two rear cars would have been pretty sure to follow, pulling off additional cars. A pair of wheels have been sent to Clinton and the disabled car will be forwarded to its destination today.

Supt. Waterbury fo the Shore Line Road says he recalls a somewhat similar accident. He was a conductor of a Naugatuck Road freight when the flange of a wheel on one of the cars suddenly flew off. The car stuck to the train, however, and the train ran nine miles without being derailed before the trouble was discovered.

New Haven Register, New Haven, CT 11 Jan 1896