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chuchubob wrote:Yes, it is 4876, the one that took the Congressional into Washington Union Station in January 1953.Actually, the train was the overnight Boston- Washington "Federal". A malfunctioning angle cock on the third of the New Haven passenger cars in the consist prevented the brakes on all of the cars behind the third car from being applied. The effect of all of this was that No. 4876 and the first three cars, whose brakes did take hold essentially skidded into Union Station being pushed by the rear 13 cars whose brakes did not take hold.
Trainheartedguy wrote: If you look at the photos of the wreck, its amazing that there were no fatalities. From a video interview with the fireman of that run, he stated he thought the worst injury had been a broken hip. He and the engineer were almost arrested by the FBI within minutes because of a fear in DC that it was a (get this) Terrorist attack.That's not surprising, remember, that wreck occurred less than one week before the inauguration of President Eisenhower.---- I have read an account of the wreck which indicated that passengers who boarded the rear cars in Baltimore ( as commuters) were not even aware that the train hadwrecked until they got out of it---- they merely thought that the stop was "a little" rough!