Philadelphia, PA Congressional Limited Train Wreck, Sept 1943
REVISED DEATH LIST.
Philadelphia (AP) -- A revised list of identified dead in Monday night's wreck of the Pennsylvania Railroad's Congressional Limited.
Corp. HARRY R. ARGENT, U. S. Army, New York.
IDA BECKER, Brooklyn.
EDITH BENECHE, Brooklyn.
ROSE E. BEUZZA, New York.
W. A. BROYAN, New York.
DANIEL J. BROCKWAY, machinists mate, U. S. N., Priest River, Idaho.
CALVIN J. BERDORF, Washington.
HAROLD BECKER, 35, Brooklyn.
MRS. GRACE BORDEN, 35, Brooklyn.
IRMA BORDEN, Brooklyn.
STEPHEN BORDEN, 7, her son.
ALFRED CASSATA, 15, Brooklyn.
SADIE CASSATA, 52, his mother.
MRS. LUCY CARROLL, New York.
DOROFAY CHABWY, 49, Clifton, N. J.
ADELE CHUGARMAN, St. Albans, N. Y.
ISADORE CHUGARMAN, St. Albans, N. Y.
Maj. ALFRED R. COLEMAN, 60, Washington.
MRS. HELEN CHANEY, Alexandria, Va.
Pvt. CLARENCE DISKIN, (home address unknown).
Pvt. RAYMOND J. FLANDERS, New York.
SAMUEL FABRICANT, Brooklyn.
LOUIS GILLETTE, chef for Myron C. Taylor, New York.
SAMUEL GODOFSKY, New York.
MRS. ROSE GRUENSTEIN, 47, Bethesda, Md.
ROSE HARLAN, (home address unknown).
RUTH HOPRECHTER, 23, Brooklyn.
JOHN RUFUS HURLBURT, Washington.
NORMA ISKE, New York.
MISS MARY KAHAN, 39, Forest Hills, L. I.
LESTER A. KRAUSHAAR, Maplewood, N. J. Personal trust officer of Chase National Bank, New York.
SAMUEL KAHANEY, Brooklyn.
HENRY KUSTER, Tech 5th Gr., 15th Medical Depot, Camp Pickett, Va.
JOSEPH R. KOLB, U. S. Marine Corps Reserve (home address unknown), wore ring bearing insignia of New York police.
VASSOF KADRIC KURTASITE, Madison, N. J.
SAMUEL LEFSTEIN, New York.
MARY L. LEHRMAN, Bronx, N. Y.
KATHERINE MARONEY, 18, Elmsford, N. Y.
CHRISTINA NIX, 35, Jackson Heights, L. I.
CALVIN OBERDORF, Washington.
Corp. STANLEY OWICKI.
REBA POSES, 26, Bronx, N. Y.
JOHN A. PARTIN, Jamaica, N. Y.
ALONZO ROBINSON, Merchant Seaman U. S. Maritime Service Training Station, Sheepshead, N. Y.
Pvt. GEORGE RYAN, Rochester, N. Y.
GLORIA SARNO, 18, Elmsford, N. Y.
CATHERINE SAUNDERS, Washington.
EDITH SIMPSON, 65, Mt. Vernon, N. Y.
MRS. SHIRLEY SHERLINE, Bronx, N. Y.
EDYTHE SESANSKY, Brooklyn.
MUNA SMITH, Utica, N. Y.
Second Lieut. EDWIN B. UPDIKE, 3rd U. S. M. C. Birmingham, Ala.
ELIZABETH A. VOAK, Brooklyn.
GRACE WARD, Brooklyn.
IDA WILLMAN, 46, Palo Alto, Cal.
HARRY WEEBSLER, Brooklyn.
MRS. LULU WECHSLER, Brooklyn.
IRENE ZIMMERMAN, Brooklyn.
The Troy Record New York Pg. 8 1943-09-08
Note: This paper lists the Dead at 81 and the Injured at 130.
The Frankford Junction train wreck occurred on September 6, 1943, when Pennsylvania Railroad's premier train, the Congressional Limited, crashed at Frankford Junction in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the United States, killing 79 people and injuring 117 others.
The Congressional Limited traveled between Washington D.C. and New York City, normally making one stop in Newark, New Jersey, covering the 236 miles (380 km) in 3½ hours at speeds up to 80 mph (130 km/h), remarkable at the time. As it was the Labor Day Weekend in 1943, the company laid on 16-car trains to accommodate the expected high demand. At Washington's Union Station on Monday, September 6, 541 passengers boarded the 4 p.m. train, its 16 cars hauled by PRR GG1 electric locomotive number 4930, scheduled to travel nonstop to Pennsylvania Station, New York.
Everything appeared in order as the train passed through North Philadelphia station ahead of schedule and slowed its speed, but shortly afterward, as it passed a rail yard, workers noticed flames coming from a journal box (a hot box) on one of the cars and rang the next signal tower at Frankford Junction, but the call came too late. Before the tower man could react, disaster struck as the train passed his signal tower at 6:06 pm traveling at a speed of 56 mph. The journal box on the front of car #7 seized and an axle snapped, catching the underside of the truck and catapulting the car upwards. It struck a signal gantry, which peeled off its roof along the line of windows "like a can of sardines". Car #8 wrapped itself around the gantry upright in a figure U. The next six cars were scattered at odd angles over the tracks, and the last two cars remained undamaged, with bodies of the 79 dead lying scattered over the tracks. As it was wartime, many servicemen home on leave were aboard who helped the injured, workers from the nearby Cramp's shipyard arrived with acetylene torches to cut open cars to rescue the injured, a process that took until the following morning. The rescue work was directed by mayor Bernard Samuel. The work of removing the dead was not complete until 24 hours after the accident.