Friday, November 18, 2016

The Camp Hill Disaster or The Great Train Wreck of 1856

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.
Additional sources:
The NY Times article
And Wikipedia article

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