Analomink, PA Train Wreck, Aug 1910

Analomink, PA Train Wreck, Aug 1910 Analomink, PA Train Wreck, Aug 1910 Analomink, PA Train Wreck, Aug 1910

It took two days and a night to find enough pieces of Engineer George Coglizer's body for identification. They didn't locate William Ryan, the brakeman, at all, except for a few bones in the debris of ashes. Fireman Boerman and Flagman Connor are fighting for life in a hospital. The conductor escaped.

But there was one other man on the ill-fated train. He was not in the employ of the company. He didn't handle the throttle for $4.85 per day.

This time the man was the much-despised hobo. When the crash came he was hurled fifty feet and, as he said, "separated from his breath." But that only stopped him for a minute. He dashed down the tracks nearly a mile, gave the news to a towerman, and before the wires were burned down from the blaze of the wreck, helped to get telephone communication with the railroad officials here. A wreck train carrying a fire engine and fire fighters was rushed fifty-four miles to the scene.

Mr. Hobo - name unknown - then worked like a trojan in vain effort to rescue the bodies of the killed, and to administer to the wounded victims. Then he lost himself in the crowd and has left no address. He is much wanted for information he may have concerning the wreck. Liberal compensation undoubtly awaits the man who rode the axle and was the hero of the wreck at Analomink.

"It is nobody's fault, but the company's," declares Claude Coglizer, son of the dead engineer. "They loaded father too heavy. It was a 500 class engine, not heavy enough for a load like that. Father had been in the service of the road for nearly fifty years, and he knew how to run down the mountain. The pump couldn't make air fast enough to hold a train of that size on that grade."

Stories being circulated will lead to a vigorous investigation. One is that the engine was not in the best of repair. Another is that Engineer Coglizer made two stops between Scranton and the top of the mountain and sent back word that it was not safe to attempt to go down the mountain with the engine. He was ordered to go on, the stories go. These reports are vigorously denied by the railroad officials.

People who saw the train rushing to destruction say the brakes were set and the wheels were heated red hot, a shower of sparks from them giving the appearance of huge pinwheels.

The property loss included $50,000 in equipment and $150,000 in freight. That doesn't include whatever a couple of trainmen's lives are worth, of course.

Emporia Gazette, Emporia, KS 2 Sept 1910