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Great Train Wreck of 1856...

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July 18, 1856

THE SEMI-WEEKLY TIMES, New York, July 18, 1856

* Great Train Wreck of 1856 (1st report)
* Whitemarsh Township, Pennsylvania
* The Camp Hill Disaster

The front page has an article headed: "APPALLING CALAMITY" "Collision on the North Pennsylvania Railroad" "Wreck Of An Excursion Train" "Burning of Several Cars" "Suicide Of One Of The Conductors" and more. (see) Text takes up 3 1/2 columns.

Other news of the day. Complete in 8 pages, nice condition.

wikipedia notes: The Great Train Wreck of 1856 occurred in Whitemarsh Township, Pennsylvania, between Camp Hill Station and Fort Washington Station, on July 17, 1856. Two trains, traveling on the same track in converging directions, collided, killing between 59 and 67, and injuring over 100. The incident was referred to as The Camp Hill Disaster in Montgomery County, and The Picnic Train Tragedy in the city of Philadelphia. It was the deadliest railroad catastrophe in the world up to that time and became one of the signature events of its era.

Category: Pre-Civil War