Dallas, TX Train Wreck, Oct 1912



Locomotive Overturned and Shrill Whistle Blows for Twenty-Five Minutes---On One Injured.

As Frisco passenger train No. 4, due to leave Dallas for St. Louis at 8:50, was backing into the Santa Fe passenger station last night to receive the outgoing passengers and their baggage, switch engine No. 132 on the Houston and Texas Central Railroad undertook to make the crossing on Wood street, a block and a half south of the station. Pullman car Beresford had just cleared the crossing and the rear platform of cafe club dining car No. 1802 was on it when the switch engine crashed into it. M. Weatherford, engineer on the switch engine, did not see what he was running into in time to reverse his engine. He merely had time to yell to Fireman J. A. Simmons, and the two jumped and saved themselves without injury.

Engine Is Overturned.

The impact broke the coupling between the engine and the tender and the engine went over on its side in the direction in which the passenger train was backing. The platforms of both the Pullman and the dining car were smashed up. The glass in several of the windows of the Pullman were shattered and the sides of the dining car were stove in and the car lifted up and there held by the engine, which was against it.

Three negro waiters and a cook who were in the diner received a vigorous shaking up and a fright the memory of which will not doubt linger with them for some time to come, but they were not even bruised. The dishes in the diner were broken and the fragments of them scattered all over the car. The Pullman was without an occupant.

The switch engine, which was an oil burner, in turning over, in some way opened its whistle, and through that it screamed as if it were suffering great torture. Engineer Weatherford made numerous efforts to relieve it by shutting it off, but only with the result of making the whistle and the heat of the cloud of escaping steam, which enveloped him when he approached the prostrate engine injured Engineer Weatherford's ears so that he could hardly hear. The engine shrieked continuously for twenty-five minutes before Mr. Weatherford succeeded in stopping it.

Whistle Saved Explosion.

Engineer Weatherford said that in falling over the oil in the tank was turned into the furnace and that it was lucky that the steam found a vent through the whistle, as otherwise the boiler would probably have exploded.

The sound of the whistle attracted attention all over the city and drew a great crowd to the scene of the collision. The Frisco train was two hours behind schedule in getting out of Dallas.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 29 Oct 1912