Aerie wrote:Does anyone know the details of an accident that happened on the B&M in 1957/58 at the Harvard Street bridge on the Medford/Somerville line? I was in 4th grade at the time in a school across the street from the bridge, and I remember the locomotive hanging down onto the street and derailed passenger cars. I would be interested in knowing more about this accident. I believe the engineer was killed in the accident.
http://dotlibrary1.specialcollection.ne ... _railroads
This is a link to the ICC report on the accident.
Click on the listing for ICC Accident reports
Click on 1957, and then scroll down to the listing for Boston and Maine
A quick summary: temporary track was used for repairs/reconstruction of the Harvard St. bridge, temporary speed restriction applied, temporary speed board removed by persond unknown, train hit restriction at track speed, adn overturned. Both engineer and fireman were killed. Fireman was either at, or on his way back to a balky steam generator; so no one was with engineer to remind him of the restriction.
You can still see that the brick on the corner of the building at the wreck site has a different color in the panel that was knocked out by the train. Sort of a subtle memorial.