Palmer, MA train wreck, Jul 1908



Cars Derailed at Bad Place Saturday Morning.

Traffic was tied up on the Boston and Albany, railroad for over three hours, Saturday morning on account of two freight cars being derailed under the railroad bridge just east of the union station in Palmer. The accident happened about 6:30 in the morning. Two freights that were running east came into Palmer about 6 o'clock. The first switched off on to the west-bound track and the other on to the Ware River line so as to let train No. 20, which is due in Palmer at 6.18, pass. When the passenger train had gone east the freight on the Ware River branch attempted to draw out, when it jumped the switch point, derailing two cars. This cut off traffic on the Ware River road as well as all trains on the west-bound tracks, and the only traffic was carried on by single track to North Wilbraham. The wrecker did not arrive in Palmer until about 9 o'clock and in a short time had the two cars on the iron again. The track was also torn up for a distance of 100 feet or more.

The Springfield Republican, Springfield, MA 20 Jul 1908