Larrabees Point, VT Train Wreck, Dec 1879


RUTLAND, Vt., Dec 14.---The scene of last night's accident on the Addison Railroad was a short curve about 100 rods from the east end of the lake bridge at Larrabee's Point. The supposition is that the shock was caused by the locomotive striking the curve. About 60 feet of track was completely carried away. Roadmaster Horner claims that the accident was caused by the locomotive "climbing" the track. The engine rolled about 50 feet down a clay embankment, turning over three times. The tender became separated, and lodged bottom side up, with its trucks broken off. The train was composed of freight and passenger cars. Two of the freight cars followed the locomotive down the embankment, but were not damaged. One freight and the passenger car remained on the track. None of the occupants of the latter were injured. A wrecking-train went to the place last night, and recovered the bodies of the dead. The body of Stimson was found in the ruins of his cab, badly mangled, the head being crushed flat. Lyman's body was found with Stimson's, while Markham's was lying half way down the bank considerably crushed and scalded, the locomotive having gone over him in its first revolution. Engineer Stimson and Fireman Markham lived at Leicester Junction. Markham leaves a wife and Lyman leaves a family. Lyman had change of the draw-bridge across the lake, and had been to Rutland for supplies. After riding in the passenger car to Orwell, the last station before reaching the place of the accident, he there got on the locomotive in order to be at his post when the train reached the draw-bridge. A second train went from Rutland to-day and repaired and cleared the track ready for the passage of trains on Monday.

The New York Times, New York, NY 15 Dec 1879