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Train Wreck!

1935 Train Wreck in Warren, VA

Name:  Train Wreck! By Evelyn Edson

Date:  10 September 1935

Image Number:  IED01_1935 Warren Train Wreck

Comments:   It was early in the morning of September 10, 1935, when two C&O freight trains collided head on just west of Warren.  There was a single track there, and the west-bound train received a signal to move onto a siding to let the east-bound train through.  The engine had received the signal at Strathmore, just west of Bremo, but apparently fell asleep until he was rudely awakened at 1:05 a.m.  In his defense, he said he had been on duty for almost eleven hours and twenty minutes.

Derailed cars from the 1935 train wreck at Warren

Train No. 78, the east-bound train, had 160 cars and a caboose while the west-bound train, Extra 1246, had 150 cars and a caboose.  Fortunately, no one was killed, although the fireman of each engine and the head brakeman of Train 78 were injured.  The accident report does not say what each train was carrying, but we assume the west-bound carried coal and the east-bound train had empty cars.

                                  One of the 2 derailed train engines in the 1935 train wreck at Warren
The wreck was spectacular with a number of cars derailed and left helter-skelter on and besides the tracks.  Local people trekked out to see the sight.  Among them was Edward Dorrier, who took his camera and provided us with these photos.  his daughter, Irene Dorrier, donated the photos to Scottsville Museum.

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First Image of 1935 Train Wreck Located On:  Capturing Our Heritage, CDIED01

Second Image 1935 Train Wreck Located On:  Capturing Our Heritage, CDIED01

ThirdImage of 1935 Train Wreck Located On:  Capturing Our Heritage, CDIED01



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