Trains are increasingly popular in 1856 and tracks have expanded all over the United States. The tragic event happened on July 17, 1856 between Camp Hill & Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. Records of fatalities are unclear the number is between 39 to 67 and another 100 were injured. In the end the excursion train filled with families & children from a church left behind schedule and were on the track they shouldn't have been when they were hit by a train coming in the opposite direction.
What makes this event worth mentioning on this blog? It was the deadliest railroad catastrophe in the world up to this time.
A copy of the Philadelphia Daily News articles compiled by Stu Beitier has the most information on this disaster.
The NY Times article
And Wikipedia article