I believe the wreck Scott is referring to actually was a double headed frieght on 4/17/42 and not a headon collision in the Fifties. Eastbound trains often had a helper from Gardenville as far as Oakfield, where they cut off, turned on the wye near USG and returned. This particular train was a 93-car, 7,000 ton frieght on route from Gardenville to Dewitt. The road engine was L-2 2754 and the Helper was 2-8-2 1311, which for some reason was cut in behind 2754. The beginning of single track was just before the South Pearl Street grade crossing where there was also a signal and a derail. Newspaper accounts speak of the derail as being on a siding, but I don't know if this was an actual siding or the eastbound track as Oakfield was the end of double track from Gardenville. The lead engineer, Frank Eigenman, said he started to apply brakes so the helper could be cut out and found the brakes would not hold. The train hit the derail and after about 250 feet, 2754 turned over on its right side. 1311 remained upright but off the rails and its tender jack knifed to the left of the engine and killed fireman Harold Ferris, who was making only his second trip. Only a few of the cars behind the locomotives derailed. The head brakeman suffered a sprained ankle, but there were no other injuries. Six sectionmen were in a nearby section house which was partially covered by coal from 2754's tender but also escaped injury. I don't believe there was ever a head on in the Oakfield area. The only significant wreck in the fifties was on 9/27/58 when HB-1 derailed 35 cars in Basom several miles to the west. Has anyone ever seen the ICC report for the l942 wreck?