Lansingburg, NY Train Wreck
TROOP TRAIN IN WRECK
Fatal Rear End Collision on the B. & M. at
Special Carrying Regular Army Soldiers Dashes
Into Passenger Express – Bride of a Day Killed.
Troy, N. Y. -- Flying around a curve and
past a flagman frantically signaling the
engineer to stop, a special train on the Boston
and Maine Railroad, bearing men and horses of
the Second Squadron, Fifteenth United Stated
Cavalry on their way from Fort Ethan Allen to
Cuba, crashed into the Boston Express. The
meeting of the trains took place at the
Lansingburg station, just north of Troy. Five
persons were killed and fourteen others were
Two of the three Pullman cars at the end of
the express train, which was standing on the
track 100 yards from the fatal curve waiting for
the northbound express to pass, were completely
The last car was hurled down a thirty-foot
embankment. All those killed were occupants of
this car. Thirty others were in this car. The
Pullman next to it was toppled over into the
bank next to the track, while the third Pullman,
the five coaches and two baggage cars of the
train remained on the track.
The dead: F. L. BLOCK, a wealthy merchant of
Peoria, Ill.; MRS. J. W. DACEY, Arlington, Mass,
married one day; MRS. H. S. POOLE, Concord, N.
H., an actress of the “Silver King” company, and
known on the stage as MISS HOWARD; MRS. WALLACE
E. SHAW, Bath, Me.; MRS. GEORGE D. STEVENS,
The wreck occurred at a point where the grade
is one of the steepest on the road.
The passenger train consisted of a baggage
car, smoker, day car and two parlor cars.
There is a sharp curve a short distance away and
the puffing of a locomotive just around the
curve was the first intimation of the
approaching “special” which came thundering
along with eighteen cars on the steep grade. A
second later it crashed into the rear end of the
passenger train, smashing the two Pullman cars
Many of the passengers had left the train
when it stopped and were walking up and down the
track when the crash came. To this some of them
probably owe their lives.
The troopers performed heroic service. In the
absence of the police, who were all in their
annual parade, Lieutenant-Colonel HARDLE in
command of the cavalrymen, took complete charge
and established a cordon of pickets around the
wreck. His men were impressed into service,
taking out the dead and injured from the wreck
and carrying them to places of safety. The
troopers acted as ambulance men and assisted in
carrying the injured to the hospitals. None of
the soldiers was injured. Their train was taken
back to Melrose, where the troopers camped that
The death of MRS. DACEY was one of peculiar
sadness, for she and her husband were married
the night before at Arlington and were on their
honeymoon with New York as the objective point.
Engineer HOLLORAN says he saw a man and woman
standing on the rear end of the Pullman car just
before he jumped from his engine. The facts
prove that this couple were MR. And MRS. DACEY.
MR. DACEY was slightly injured. He was one of
the first to find his bride's body, and it is
said that she breathed her last in her arms.
The Cranbury Press New Jersey 1906-10-12
Submitted & transcribed by Stu
Beitler Thank you,
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