• Need Info on Maine B&M Wreck 1930s

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  by NellsChoo
 
Hi all

I am trying to find info on any wreck that happened between Dover NH and Portland ME from about 1930-1936. It would have involved an actual wreck train. A relative of mine was injured as he worked the wreck. Any info would be great, as hours online have turned up nothing.

Jonelle
  by jaymac
 
Jonelle-
Have you checked the DOT Special Collections archived ICC railroad accident reports yet? I'd have linked it, but linking isn't working for me today.
If the accident isn't mentioned there, it either didn't get archived or didn't meet ICC reporting threshholds, however much damage and pain happened to you relative. Foster's Daily Democrat out of Dover or The Portland Press-Herald could have some mention, but that would probably be in either the Dover or Portland public libraries on microfilm and not online.
  by NellsChoo
 
Hey, THAT is a nifty source!! But so far, I have not found an accident in the right location-area. I will try looking deeper.

Now, I was ondering... if this relative worked the wreck train out of Dover NH, would he then have worked any Maine Central wreck also? Wasn't there a time of shared managment between the two roads? How about Portland Terminal, could they have used the equipment?

JD
  by jbvb
 
Regardless of the B&M/MEC joint management, working on another RR would have required bookkeeping, dealing with union rules and certification of personnel on the other RR's rulebook (this is why, while engines ran through Portland, crews AFAIK didn't). It could have happened in a major emergency like the 1936 or 1938 floods, but it wasn't routine.
  by NellsChoo
 
Hmmm... so if a Maine Central accident was bad enough, a B&M wreck train MIGHT have responded. What makes this harder is the fact that this relative was injured WHILE WORKING ON THE CLEAN-UP, not in the accident itself.