Passenger Train Jumped The Track

The engine and front trucks of the baggage coach of Illinois Central passenger train No. 206 northbound, due in this city at 5:50 p.m., left the track as the train was getting under headway leaving the local station Sunday evening 25 minutes behind time. The derailment is thought to have been caused by a weak bolt in a “frog” breaking and allowing the rail to slip out of place. There were quite a number of passengers aboard at the time returning from Christmas visits, but none were injured.

The coaches and the baggage car were taken on to Evansville by the Louisville & Nashville switch engine, No. 2007, in charge of Engineer Windelken and Fireman Williams, several hours after the accident. The Louisville & Nashville wrecker and crew of Howell, were sent down to the scene and succeeded in replacing the locomotive about 2 a.m. Monday, Engineer John Loftus was at the throttle and Conductor Farribee was in charge of the train.

Henderson Twice-A-Week Gleaner
Friday, January 3, 1908
Reprinted with Permission

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