North Carolina's Railroads
Railroads placed an important part in the growth of many communities in North Carolina and the death of others. These are just some of the railroad companies which operated in North Carolina.
|Railroad||Freight or Passenger||Started||Ended||Other Information|
|Aberdeen and Asheboro Railroad|| ||1897||1912||Became part of Raleigh, Charlotte and Southern Railway|
|Aberdeen and Briar Patch Railway|| ||1983||1987||Became part of Aberdeen, Carolina and Western Railway|
|Aberdeen, Carolina and Western Railway||Freight|| || || |
|Aberdeen and Rockfish Railroad||Freight|| || || |
|Aberdeen and West End Railroad|| ||1889||1897||Became part of Aberdeen and Asheboro Railroad|
|Air Line Railroad in South Carolina|| ||1868||1870||Became part of Atlanta and Richmond Air-Line Railway|
|Albemarle and Pantego Railroad|| ||1887||1891||Became part of Norfolk and Southern Railroad|
|Albemarle and Raleigh Railroad|| ||1883||1894||Became part of Wilmington and Weldon Railroad|
|Alexander Railroad||Freight|| || || |
|Alma Railway|| || ||1911||Became part of Maxton, Alma and Southbound Railroad|
|Amtrak||Passenger|| || || |
|Appalachian Railway|| ||1908||1935|| |
|Asheboro and Montgomery Railroad|| ||1896||1897||Became part of Aberdeen and Asheboro Railroad|
|Asheville and Craggy Mountain Railway|| ||1889||1941||Became part of Southern Railway|
|Asheville Southern Railway|| ||1905||1941||Became part of Southern Railway|
|Asheville and Spartanburg Railroad|| ||1881||1902||Became part of Southern Railway, Carolina Division|
|Atlanta and Charlotte Air Line Railway|| ||1877||1996||Became part of Norfolk Southern Railway|
|Atlanta, Knoxville and Northern Railway|| ||1896||1905||Became part of Louisville and Nashville Railroad|
|Atlanta and Richmond Air-Line Railway|| ||1870||1876||Became part of North Carolina Air-Line Railway|
|Atlantic and Carolina Railroad|| ||1914||1948|| |
|Atlantic Coast Line Railroad|| ||1898||1967||Became part of Seaboard Coast Line Railroad|
|Atlantic and Danville Railway|| ||1889||1962||Became part of Norfolk, Franklin and Danville Railway|
|Atlantic and East Carolina Railway|| ||1939||2003||Became part of Norfolk Southern Railway|
|Atlantic and French Broad Valley Railroad|| ||1881||1882||Became part of Carolina, Cumberland Gap and Chicago Railway|
|Atlantic and North Carolina Company|| ||1905||1906||Became part of Norfolk Southern Railway|
|Atlantic and North Carolina Railroad|| ||1852||1989||Became part of North Carolina Railroad|
|Atlantic, Tennessee and Ohio Railroad|| ||1855||1894||Became part of Southern Railway|
|Atlantic and Western Railroad|| ||1889||1927||Atlantic and Western Railway|
|Atlantic and Western Railway||Freight|| || || |
|Atlantic and Yadkin Railway|| ||1899||1950||Became part of Southern Railway|
|Beaufort and Morehead Railroad|| ||1937||1998||Became part of North Carolina Railroad|
|Beaufort and Morehead Railway|| ||1991||2002||Became part of Carolina Rail Services|
|Black Mountain Railway|| ||1910||1955||Became part of Yancey Railroad|
|Blue Ridge and Atlantic Railway|| ||1901||1909||Became part of Tallulah Falls Railway|
|Bonlee and Western Railway|| ||1908||1932|| |
|Caldwell County Railroad||Freight|| || || |
|Caldwell and Northern Railroad|| ||1893||1910||Became part of Carolina and Northwestern Railway|
|Camp Lejeune Railroad||Freight||Subsidiary of Norfolk Southern Railway|| || |
|Cape Fear and Northern Railway|| ||1898||1903||Became part of Durham and Southern Railway|
|Cape Fear Railways||Freight|| || || |
|Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley Railway|| ||1879||1898||Became a part of Atlantic and Yadkin Railway and Wilmington and Weldon Railroad|
|Carolina, Atlantic and Western Railway|| ||1914||1915||Became part of Seaboard Air Line Railway|
|Carolina Central Railroad|| ||1880||1901||Became part of Seaboard Air line Railway|
|Carolina Central Railway|| ||1873||1880||Became part of Carolina Central Railroad|
|Carolina, Clinchfield and Ohio Railway|| ||1908||1990||Became part of CSX Transportation|
|Carolina Coast Railroad|| ||1903||1906||Became part of Norfolk and Southern Railway|
|Carolina Coastal Railway||Freight|| || || |
|Carolina, Cumberland Gap and Chicago Railway|| ||1882||1895||Foreclosure sale|
|Carolina and Georgia Railway|| ||1919||1927||Became part of Tennessee and North Carolina Railway|
|Carolina, Glenanna and Pee Dee Railway and Development Co|| ||1905||1907||Became part of Carolina Valley Railway|
|Carolina Narrow-gauge Railroad|| ||1872||1873||Became part of Chester and lenoir Narrow Gauge Railroad|
|Carolina and Northeastern Railroad|| ||1917||1931||Became to Carolina and Northeastern Railway|
|Carolina and Northeastern Railway|| ||1931||1934|| |
|Carolina Northern Railroad|| ||1899||1905||Became part of Raleigh and Charleston Railroad|
|Carolina and Northwestern Railroad|| ||1990||1994||Became part of Caldwell County Railroad|
|Carolina and Northwestern Railway|| ||1982||1988||Became part of Southern Railway|
|Carolina and Northwestern Railway|| ||1895||1974||Norfolk Southern Railway|
|Carolina Rail Services|| ||1986||2005||Became part of Morehead and South Fork Railroad|
|Carolina Railroad|| ||1912||1931|| |
|Carolina Southern Railroad||Freight|| || || |
|Carolina Southern Railway|| ||1926||1961|| |
|Carolina and Tennessee Southern Railway|| ||1902||1944|| |
|Carolina Valley Railway|| ||1907||1909||Became part of Piedmont Railway|
|Carolina and Yadkin River Railway|| ||1912||1923||High Point, Thomasville and Denton Railroad|
|Carthage Railroad|| ||1886||1920||Became part of Randolph and Cumberland Railway|
|Carthage and Pinehurst Railroad|| ||1907||1922|| |
|Carthage and Western Railroad|| ||1893|| || |
|Cashie and Chowan Railroad and Lumber Co|| ||1883|| || |
|Cashie and Roanoke Railroad|| ||1887||1893||Became part of Wellington and Powellsville Railroad|
|Chapel Hill Iron Mountain Railroad|| ||1873||1879||Became part of State University Railroad|
|Charleston, Cincinnati and Chicago Railroad|| ||1886||1893||Became part of Ohio River and Charleston Railway|
|Charlotte, Columbia and Augusta Railroad|| ||1869||1894||Became part of Southern Railway|
|Charlotte and South Carolina Railroad|| ||1847||1869||Became a part of Charlotte, Columbia and Augusta Railroad|
|Charlotte Trolley||Passenger|| || || |
|Chatham Railroad|| ||1861||1871||Became part of Raleigh and Augusta Air Line Railroad|
|Cheraw and Coalfields Railroad|| ||1867||1868||Became part of Cheraw and Salisbury Railroad|
|Cheraw and Darlington Railroad|| ||1882||1898||Became part of Atlantic Coast Line Railroad|
|Cheraw and Salisbury Railroad|| ||1868||1882||Became part of Cheraw and Darlington Railroad|
|Chesapeake and Albemarle Railroad||Freight|| || || |
|Chester and Lenoir Narrow Gauge Railroad|| ||1873||1897||Became part of Carolina and Northwestern Railway|
|Chowan River Railway and Baltimore Steamboat Co|| ||1883||1886||Became part of Chowan and Southern Railroad|
|Chowan and Southern Railroad|| ||1886||1889||Became part of Norfolk and Carolina Railroad|
|Cliffside Railroad|| ||1905||1987|| |
|Clinchfield Railroad|| ||1924||1983||Became part of Seaboard System Railroad|
|Clinton and Faison Railroad|| ||1881||1885||Became part of Clinton and Warsaw Railroad|
|Clinton Terminal Railroad||Freight|| || || |
|Clinton and Warsaw Railroad|| ||1885||1888||Became part of Wilmington and Weldon Railroad|
|CSX Transportation||Freight|| || || |
|Dan Valley and Yadkin River Railroad|| ||1879||1880||Became part of North Carolina Midland Railroad|
|Dan Valley and Yadkin River Narrow Gauge Railroad|| ||1881||1883||Became part of North Carolina Midland Railroad|
|Danville, Mocksville and Southwestern Railroad|| ||1880||1899||Became part of Danville and Western Railway|
|Danville and New River Railway|| ||1873||1890||Became part of Danville and Western Railway|
|Danville and Western Railway|| ||1891|| || |
|Dismal Swamp Railroad|| ||1896||1941|| |
|Dover and South Bound Railroad|| ||1905||1930|| |
|Dunn-Erwin Railway|| ||1987||1989||Became part of Aberdeen and Rockfish Railroad|
|Durham and Charlotte Railroad|| ||1893||1912||Became part of Raleigh, Charlotte and Southern Railway|
|Durham and Northern Railway|| ||1887||1901||Became part of Seaboard Air Line Railway|
|Durham and Roxboro Railroad|| ||1885||1887||Became part of Lynchburg and Durham Railroad|
|Durham and South Carolina Railroad|| ||1905||1993||Became part of New Hope Valley Railway|
|Durham and Southern Railway|| ||1904||1981||Became part of Seaboard Coast Line Railroad|
|Durham Union Station Co|| ||1904||1965|| |
|Duval Transportation of the Carolinas|| ||1987||1987||Became part of Mid Atlantic Railroad|
|East Carolina Railway|| ||1898||1965|| |
|East Carolina Land and Railway Co|| ||1887||1894||Became part of Wilmington, Newbern and Norfold Railroad|
|East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad|| ||1866||1950|| |
|Edenton and Norfolk Railway|| ||1888||1902||Became part of Suffolk and Carolina Railway|
|Egypt Railway|| ||1892||1910||Became part of Sanford and Troy Railroad|
|Elizabeth City and Norfolk Railroad|| ||1870||1883||Became part of Norfolk Southern Railroad|
|Elizabeth City and Western Railroad|| ||1899||1902||Became part of Suffolk and Carolina Railway|
|Elkin and Alleghany Railroad|| ||1920||1931|| |
|Elkin and Alleghany Railway|| ||1907||1919||Became part of Elkin and Alleghany Railroad|
|Florence and Fayetteville Railroad|| ||1862||1881||Became part of Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley Railway|
|French Broad Railroad|| ||1919||1925|| |
|Georgia, Carolina and Northern Railway|| ||1887||1901||Became part of Seaboard Air Line Railway|
|Georgia and North Carolina Railroad|| ||1871||1887||Became Marietta and North Georgia Railway|
|Glendon and Gulf Mining and Manufacturing Co|| ||1891||1896||Became part of Durham and Charlotte Railroad|
|Goldsboro Union Station Co|| ||1908||1968|| |
|Graham County Railroad|| ||1905||1984|| |
|Great Smoky Mountains Railroad||Freight and Passenger|| || || |
|Great Smoky Mountains Railway|| ||1988||1999||Became part of Great Smoky Mountains Railroad|
|Greensville and Roanoke Railroad|| ||1834||1855||Became part of Petersburg Railroad|
|Greenville and French Broad Railroad|| ||1855||1874||Became part of Spartanburg and Asheville Railroad|
|Gumberry and Jackson Railroad and Lumber Co|| ||1887||1896||Became part of Northampton and Hertford Railroad|
|Halifax and Weldon Railroad|| ||1834||1837||Became part of Wilmington and Raleigh Railroad|
|Hendersonville and Brevard Railway, Telegraph and Telephone Co|| ||1891||1897||Became part of Transylvania Railroad|
|High Point and Randleman Railroad|| ||1883||1887||Became part of High Point, Randleman Asheboro and Southern Railroad|
|High Point, Randleman, Asheboro and Southern Railroad|| ||1887|| ||Exists as part of Norfolk Southern Railway|
|High Point, Thomasville and Denton Railroad||Freight|| || || |
|Hoffman and Troy Railroad|| ||1883|| || |
|Howland Improvement Co|| ||1903||1905||Became part of Atlantic and North Carolina Co|
|Jackson Springs Railroad|| ||1901||1907||Became part of Abderdeen and Asheboro Railroad|
|Kinston Carolina Railroad|| ||1918||1929|| |
|Kinston and Carolina Railroad|| ||1909|| ||Became part of Kinston-Carolina Railroad and Lumber Co|
|Kinston-Carolina Railroad and Lumber Co|| ||1910||1918||Became part of Kinston Carolina Railroad|
|Kinston and Snow Hill Railroad|| ||1913|| ||Carolina Railroad|
|Laurinburg and Southern Railroad||Freight|| || || |
|Lawndale Railway and Industrial Co|| ||1903||1943|| |
|Linville River Railroad|| ||1896||1899||Became part of Linville River Railway|
|Linville River Railway|| ||1899||1940|| |
|Louisburg Railroad|| ||1881||1901||Became part of Raleigh and Gaston Railroad|
|Louisville and Nashville Railroad|| ||1905||1983||Became part of Seaboard System Railroad|
|Lower Creek and Linville Valley Transportation Co|| ||1891||1893||Became part of Caldwell and Northern Railroad|
|Lynchburg and Durham Railroad|| ||1887||1896||Became part of Norfolk, lynchburg and Durham Railroad|
|Madison County Railway|| ||1910||1925|| |
|Marietta and North Georgia Railway|| ||1887||1895||Became part of Atlanta, Knoxville and Northern Railway|
|Maxton, Alma and Southbound Railway|| ||1911||1937|| |
|Mid Altantic Railroad|| ||1987||1995||Became part of Carolina Southern Railroad|
|Midland North Carolina Railway|| ||1873||1884||Became part of Wilmington and Weldon Railroad|
|Milton and Sutherlin Railroad|| ||1876||1894|| |
|Moore Central Railroad|| ||1945||1948|| |
|Moore Central Railway|| ||1924||1945||Became part of Moore Central Railroad|
|Moore County Railroad|| ||1893||1904|| |
|Morehead and South Fork Railroad||Freight|| || || |
|Mount Airy Railroad|| ||1879||1879||Became part of Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley Railway|
|Mount Airy and Eastern Railway|| ||1899||1910||Became part of Virginia and Mount Airy Railway|
|Mount Airy and Ore Knob Railroad|| ||1871||1879||Became part of Mount Airy Railroad|
|Mount Hope Valley Railroad|| ||1904||1905||Became part of Durham and South Carolina Railroad|
|Nash County Railroad||Freight|| || || |
|New Hope Valey Railway||Passenger|| || || |
|Norfolk and Carolina Railroad|| ||1889||1900|| |
|Norfolk, Franklin and Danville Railway|| ||1962||1983||Became part of Norfolk and Western Railway|
|Norfolk, Lynchburg and Durham Railroad|| ||1896||1896||Became part of Norfolk and Western Railroad|
|Norfolk, Roanoke and Southern Railroad|| ||1896||1896||Became part of Norfolk and Western Railroad|
|Norfolk Southern Railroad|| ||1910||1942||Became part of Norfolk Southern Railroad|
|Norfolk Southern Railroad|| ||1883||1891||Became part of Norfolk and Southern Railroad|
|Norfolk and Southern Railroad|| ||1891||1906||Became part of Norfolk and Southern Railway|
|Norfolk Southern Railway||Freight||1942||1982||Became Carolina and Northwestern Railway|
|Norfolk and Southern Railway|| ||1906||1910||Became part of Norfolk Southern Railroad|
|Norfolk and Western Railroad|| ||1892||1896||Became part of Norfolk and Western Railway|
|Norfolk and Western Railway|| ||1896||1998||Became part of Norfolk Southern Railway|
|North Carolina Air-Line Railway|| ||1877||1877||Became part of Atlanta and Charlotte Air Line Railway|
|North Carolina Connecting Railway|| ||1905||1907||Became part of Roanoke River Railway|
|North Carolina Midland Railroad|| ||1880|| ||Exists as part of Norfolk Souther Railway|
|North Carolina Mining, Manufacturing and Development Co|| ||1903||1905||Became part of Carolina, Glenanna and Pee Dee Railway and Development Co|
|North Carolina Ports Railway Commission|| ||1979||2002||Became part of North Carolina State Ports Authority|
|North Carolina Railroad|| ||1849|| ||Exists as part of Norfolk Southern Railway|
|North Carolina and Virginia Railroad||Freight|| || || |
|North and South Carolina Railroad|| ||1899||1940|| |
|North and South Carolina Railway|| ||1910||1914||Became part of Carolina, Atlantic and Western Railway|
|North Western North Carolina Railroad|| ||1868||1894||Became part of Southern Railway|
|Northampton and Hertford Railroad|| ||1891||1908||Became part of Northampton and Hertford Railway|
|Northampton and Hertford Railway|| ||1909||1917||Became part of Carolina and Northeastern Railroad|
|Ohio River and Charleston Railway|| ||1894||1902||Became part of South Carolina and Georgia Extension Railroad, South and Western Railway|
|Oxford and Clarksville Railroad|| ||1885||1894||Became part of Southern Railway|
|Oxford and Coast Line Railroad|| ||1891||1906||Became part of Seaboard Air Line Railway|
|Oxford and Henderson Railroad|| ||1871||1894||Became part of Southern Railway|
|Palmetto Railroad|| ||1883||1895||Became part of Palmetto Railway|
|Palmetto Railway|| ||1895||1901||Became part of Seaboard Air Line Railway|
|Pee Dee Valley Railway|| ||1909||1910||Became part of Rockingham Railway|
|Petersburg Railroad|| ||1831||1898||Became part of Atlantic Coast Line Railroad|
|Piedmont Railroad|| ||1862||1894||Became part of Southern Railway|
|Piedmont Railway|| ||1909||1912||Became part of Carolina and Yadkin River Railway|
|Piedmont and Northern Railway|| ||1914||1969||Became part of Seaboard Coast Line Railroad|
Electric until 1954
|Pigeon River Railway|| ||1906||1931|| |
|Pittsboro Railroad|| ||1885||1899||Became part of Raleigh and Augusta Air Line Railroad|
|Portsmouth and Roanoke Railroad|| ||1833||1846||Became part of Seaboard and Roanoke Railroad|
|Raleigh and Augusta Air Line Railroad|| ||1871||1901||Became part of Seaboard Air Line Railway|
|Raleigh and Cape Fear Railway|| ||1898||1905||Became part of Raleigh and Southport Railway|
|Raleigh, Charlotte and Southern Railway|| ||1911||1913||Became part of Norfolk Southern Railroad|
|Raleigh and Charleston Railroad|| ||1906||1941|| |
|Raleigh and Eastern North Carolina Railroad|| ||1903||1903||Became part of Raleigh and Pamlico Sound Railroad|
|Raleigh and Gaston Railroad|| ||1835||1901||Became part of Seaboard Air Line Railway|
|Raleigh and Pamlico Sound Railroad|| ||1903||1906||Became part of Norfolk and Southern Railway|
|Raleigh and Southport Railway|| ||1905||1912||Became part of Raleigh, Charlotte and Southern Railway|
|Raleigh and Western Railway|| ||1893||1908|| |
|Randolph and Cumberland Railroad|| ||1906||1907||Became part of Randolph and Cumberland Railway|
|Randolph and Cumberland Railway|| ||1907||1924||Became part of Moore Central Railway|
|Red Springs and Northern Railroad||Freight|| || || |
|Richmond and Danville Railroad|| ||1866||1894||Became part of Southern Railway|
|Richmond, Petersburg and Carolina Railroad|| ||1892||1900||Became part of Seaboard Air Line Railway|
|Roanoke Railroad|| ||1847||1849||Became part of Seaboard and Roanoke Railroad|
|Roanoke River Railway|| ||1907||1919||Became part of Townsville Railroad|
|Roanoke and Southern Railway|| ||1887||1896||Became part of Norfolk, Roanoke and Southern Railroad|
|Roanoke and Tar River Railroad|| ||1885||1911||Became part of Seaboard Air Line Railway|
|Roanoke Valley Railroad|| ||1855||1863|| |
|Rockingham Railroad|| ||1910||1968|| |
|Rockingham Railway|| ||1910||1910||Became Rockingham Railroad|
|Roxboro Railroad|| ||1881||1887||Became part of Lynchburg and Durham Railroad|
|Roxboro and Narrow Gauge Railroad|| ||1879||1881||Became Roxboro Railroad|
|Rutherfordton, Marion and Tennessee Railway|| ||1881||1886||Became part of Charleston, Cincinnati and Chicago Railroad|
|Sanford and Glendon Railroad|| || ||1910||Became Sanford and Troy Railroad|
|Sanford and Troy Railroad|| ||1910||1912||Became part of Raleigh, Charlotte and Southern Railway|
|Seaboard Air Line Railroad|| ||1946||1967||Became part of Seaboard Coast Line Railroad|
|Seaboard Air Line Railway|| ||1900||1945||Became part of Seaboard Air Line Railroad|
|Seaboard Air Line System|| ||1893||1900||Became part of Seaboard Air Line Railway|
|Seaboard Coast Line Railroad|| ||1967||1983||Became part of Seaboard System Railroad|
|Seaboard and Raleigh Railroad|| ||1873||1883||Became part of Albemarle and Raleigh Railroad|
|Seaboard and Roanoke Railroad|| ||1846||1911||Became part of Seaboard Air Line Railway|
|Seaboard System Railroad|| ||1983||1986||Became part of CSX Transportation|
|Smoky Mountain Railway|| ||1905||1927|| |
|South Carolina and Georgia Extension Railroad|| ||1898||1902||Became part of Southern Railway, Carolina Division|
|South and Western Railroad|| ||1905||1908||Became part of Carolina, Clinchfield and Ohio Railway|
|South and Western Railway|| ||1901||1906||Became part of South and Western Railroad|
|Southeastern Railroad|| ||1897||1900||Became part of Atlantic Coast Line Railroad|
|Southern Railway|| ||1894||1990||Became part of Norfolk Southern Railway|
|Southern Railway - Carolina Division|| ||1902||1996||Became part of Norfolk Southern Railway|
|Spartanburg and Asheville Railroad|| ||1874||1881||Became part of Asheville and Spartanburg Railroad|
|State University Railroad||Freight|| || ||Subsidiary of Norfolk Southern Railway|
|Statesville and Western Railroad|| ||1887||1894||Became part of Southern Railway|
|Suffolk and Carolina Railway|| ||1884||1906||Became part of Norfolk and Southern Railway|
|Tallulah Falls Railway|| ||1909||1961|| |
|Tennessee and North Carolina Railroad|| ||1903||1920||Became part of Tennessee and North Carolina Railway|
|Tennessee and North Carolina Railway|| ||1920||1951|| |
|Thermal Belt Railway||Freight|| || || |
|Town Creek Railroad and Lumber Co|| ||1905||1911||Became part of Wilmington, Brunswick and Southern Railroad|
|Townsville Railroad|| ||1919||1933|| |
|Transylvania Railroad|| ||1899|| || |
|Tuckaseegee and Southeastern Railway|| ||1920||1945|| |
|Tweetsie Railroad||Passenger|| || || |
|Virginia and Carolina Railroad|| ||1883||1892||Became part of Richmond, Petersburg and Carolina Railroad|
|Virginia-Carolina Railway|| ||1911||1919||Became part of Norfolk and Western Railway|
|Virginia and Carolina Southern Railroad|| ||1903|| || |
|Virginia and Mount Airy Railway|| ||1920|| ||Never operated|
|Virginia Southern Railroad||Freight|| || || |
|Warrenton Railroad|| ||1876||1985|| |
|Washington and Plymouth Railroad|| ||1901||1904||Became part of Norfolk and Southern Railroad|
|Washington and Vandemere Railroad|| ||1903||1944||Became part of Atlantic Coast Line Railroad|
|Weldon and Roanoke Rapids Electric Railway|| ||1907||1917||Became part of Carolina and Northeastern Railroad|
|Wellington and Powellsville Railroad|| ||1893||1926||Became part of Carolina Southern Railway|
|Western Railroad|| ||1852||1879||Became part of Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley Railway|
|Western North Carolina Railroad|| ||1855||1894||Became part of Southern Railway|
|Wilmington, Brunswick and Southern Railroad|| ||1907||1945|| |
|Wilmington and Carolina Railroad|| ||1870||1870||Became part of Wilmington, Columbia and Augusta Railroad|
|Wilmington, Chadbourn and Conway Railroad|| ||1887||1895||Became part of Wilmington and Conway Railroad|
|Wilmington, Chadbourn and Conwayboro Railroad|| ||1883||1887||Became part of Wilmington, Chadbourn and Conway Railroad|
|Wilmington and Charlotte Railroad|| ||1855||1855||Became part of Wilmington, Charlotte and Rutherford Railroad|
|Wilmington, Charlotte and Rutherford Railroad|| ||1855||1873||Became part of Carolina Central Railroad|
|Wilmington, Columbia and Augusta Railroad|| ||1870||1898||Became from Atlantic Coast Line Railroad|
|Wilmington and Conway Railroad|| ||1895||1896||Became part of Wilmington, Columbia and Augusta Railroad|
|Wilmington and Manchester Railroad|| ||1847||1870||Became part of Wilmington and Carolina Railroad|
|Wilmington and Newbern Railroad|| ||1897||1897||Became part of Wilmington and Weldon Railroad|
|Wilmington, Newbern and Norfolk Railroad|| ||1893||1897||Became part of Wilmington and Newbern Railroad|
|Wilmington, Onslow and East Carolina Railroad|| ||1885||1893||Became part of Wilmington, Newbern and Norfolk Railroad|
|Wilmington Railway Bridge Co|| ||1866||1956||Became part of Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, Seaboard Air Line Railroad|
|Wilmington and Raleigh Railroad|| ||1834||1855||Became part of Wilmington and Weldon Railroad|
|Wilmington and Tarboro Railroad|| ||1861||1873||Became part of Seaboard and Raleigh Railroad|
|Wilmington Terminal Railroad||Freight|| || || |
|Wilmington and Weldon Railroad|| ||1855||1900||Became part of Atlantic Coast line Railroad|
|Winston-Salem and Madison Railroad|| ||1879||1880||Became part of North Carolina Midland Railroad|
|Winston-Salem and Mooresville Railroad|| ||1878||1880||Became part of North Carolina Midland Railroad|
|Winston-Salem Southbound Railway||Freight|| || || |
|Winston-Salem Terminal Co|| ||1922||1972||Became part of Norfolk and Western Railway, Southern Railway, Winston-Salem Southbound Railway|
|Winton Railroad and Lumber Co|| ||1889|| || |
|Yadkin Railroad|| ||1871|| || |
|Yadkin Valley Railroad||Freight|| || || |
|Yancey Railroad|| ||1955||1982||Exists as part of Norfolk Southern Railway|
Wild Work on the R & D
Published in The Atlanta Constitution, 21 Aug 1884
From the Charlotte Observer:
The passenger train on the Richmond and Danville railroad due here from the north at one o'clock yesterday did not arrive until six in the afternoon. The delay was caused by a wreck of freight trains near the Yadkin river bridge. The wreck was not only a pretty extensive one, but was one of the most startling that has occurred on this well regulated road in many years. It was caused by the running away of a freight train that had been left alone at Salisbury, and which, when well clear of the town, went bowling along the track at a rapid and constantly increasing speed, to overtake a freight train that was just a short distance ahead of it.
Early yesterday morning freight train No 19 left Charlotte in two sections, one section going ten minutes in advance of the other. Captain A B White was the conductor of the first section, and Captain Albright was in charge of the second. At Salisbury section 1 went on north and section 2 had to wait 10 minutes before starting. Taking advantage of this delay, Conductor Albright and Engineer Smith left the train and went to their breakfast. They put the firemen in charge of the engine and told him to remain until they returned. The pay train was in the vicinity, and learning this fact, the fireman concluded that he would jump down from his engine, go and get his pay, and hurry back. This resolution was fatal. When the fireman returned his train was speeding along the track and rapidly disappearing in the distance.
While the engine had been standing on the track at Salisbury, the valves had been leaking and the cylinders gradually filling with steam. When the fireman left, the engine was almost ready to start, and scarcely had he gone before there was enough steam in the cylinder to turn the wheels. This done, locomotion was easy. At each revolution of the wheels the steam valves opened wider until the train was running under full head. Four cars were attached to the engine and the train left Salisbury at a rapid rate. In the meantime section 1 had reached the water tank just beyond the Yankin river bridge and was at a standstill, unconsciously awaiting the crash.
Conductor White was at work on his papers in the caboose, the last car in the train. Suddenly the thunder of the approaching train broke upon his ears, but before he could move the engine of the runaway train plowed through the caboose, splitting the car into fragments. The crash was terrible. The runaway train had attained a speed of fifty miles an hour at the time the collision occurred, and the wonder is that the wreck was no greater than it was. The caboose flew to pieces as if a bomb had been exploded in it and the front of the engine was buried under the wreckage against the next car. The crew of White's train at once gathered at the scene and began the work of rescuing him from the wreck, which was soon accomplished. The poor fellow was not dead, but he was shockingly mangled. In the left side of his head there was a great gaping hole through his skull, and on the right side was a large fracture. His arm was broken and he was badly mashed about the chest. He was conveyed to Salisbury as quickly as possible and all that medical skill could do for him was done. The doctor spoke of his case in a very grave manner, and passengers who looked upon his mangled form tell us that they do not see how he can possibly recover.
The wrecked engine was brought back to Salisbury and the track cleared as early as possible for the passage of the south bound mail train. A number of people saw the runaway engine and cars going down the grade on the approach to the Yadkin bridge and they say it was a thrilling sight. It was the fastest train that ever went over the Yadkin bridge.
A Railroad Collision
A Negro Held Pinned Under an Immense Pile of Wreckage
Published in The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, GA, 29 Jan 1889
Charlotte, NC, January 28 - The northbound freight train which left Charlotte last Saturday morning, consisting of thirty-five cars, and drawn by big consolidated engine No 109, was wrecked at the siding at Mizpah, near Reidville, at 9 o’clock that night. The wreck was a terrible one. The Mizpah siding is the place where the northbound and southbound passenger trains meet. It is a small siding, just long enough to hold a passenger train clear of the main line. It is what railroad men call a “spur,” and can only be entered by the northbound train. The northbound end of the siding terminates abruptly on the trestle over a small creek. The switch was misplaced and the engine turned out on the spur, and reaching the end of the track plunged down to the creek bed, carrying fourteen cars with it. Engineer W A Kinney was at the throttle, and Fireman H A Adams was shoveling coal. As the train approached the fatal spot the engineer had just finished his supper, and had handed his lunch basket to the colored brakeman, who mounted the forward end of the box car next to the tender, and placing the basket between his knees, began to eat the lunch given him by the engineer. Just at this moment the train was approaching the siding and going down grade at the rate of thirty-five miles an hour. The pilot wheels struck the switch with a clickety-click. The engine lurched to the right, and leaving the main line, forged forward on the short spur. A sense of impending disaster flashed upon the engineer in a moment and he leaped from the engine, at the same time shouting to the fireman to jump. Before the fireman could realize the situation the end of the spur had been reached and he was buried under the tender with the wreckage of fourteen box cars piled above him. The colored brakeman, who was eating his lunch at the time, was buried in the wreck and his body has never yet been recovered, His name was Sydney Lee.
The scene of the wreck was terrible. The engine turned a complete somersault, and the cars were piled upon and over it, completely covering it from sight. Immediately following the crash there was an ominous silence, which was broken after time by the groans of the luckless fireman, who was pinned down under the tender, and resting over and above the tender were the broken remains of nine box cars. Bye and bye a little tongue of flames shot up from the wreck. The train’s crew could see the fireman was down among the wreckage, and securing buckets, the bailed water upon him to keep him from being burnt to death. Word was sent to Reidville, and in a short time the Reidville fire engine was on the scene and was playing on the burning cars. The fireman remained under the wreck until 5 o’clock Sunday morning, when he was rescued.
When the rescuing party had clared away it was found that the iron work of the tender still pinned him down, and this had to be cut away with coal chisels. All this time a stream of water had to be kept playing upon his and his rescuers. When drawn from the wreck it was found that one of his hands had been cut off and the flesh along his side and across his back had been cut open in great gashes. Several of his bones were broken and his flesh was blistered. Fireman Adams lived in Richmond, and was formerly employed at the Tredegar iron works. He may recover. The engineer was but slightly hurt. The body of the brakeman is believed to have been burned with the cars. The switch is believed to have been turned for the purpose of wrecking the passenger train. The engine, one of the finest on the road, together with fourteen cars and their contents of merchandise, are a complete loss to the railroad company.
Taken to His Home and Died on the Way
Published in The Knoxville Journal, Knoxville, TN, 22 Mar 1890
Raleigh, NC, March 21 - At Wilson Mills this morning on the North Carolina railroad, B M Upchurch, a baggage master, was run over by a shifting train and received fatal injuries. He was uncoupling cars while in motion and got his foot caught between the track and guard rail. The car passed over him crushing his leg which was fastened and one arm almost entirely off. His home was in this city and he was brought here this evening, but died while being carried from depot to his home.
A Train Plunges Down-Hill and Kills Three Men
Published in The Cranbury Press, Cranbury, NJ, 27 Jun 1890
A destructive wreck, both to life and property, occurred on the Western North Carolina Railroad at Melrose station, on the southern side of Saluda Mountain, about thirty-two miles from Asheville, NC, on the Asheville and Spartanburg division. The dead are: J J Smyra, engineer, of Chester, SC; Lewis Tunstall, engineer, of Yorktown, Va; W G Taylor, fireman, of Morristown, Tenn, son of W P Taylor, for twenty years a conductor on the East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railroad.
The injured are: Bowcock, C, flagman; thigh broken; Foster, brakeman; not seriously hurt; Greenlee, brakeman; slight injuries; Hoe, William, fireman; slight injuries; escaped by jumping; Richetts, George, conductor; slight injuries; escaped by jumping.
From the apex of Saluda Mountain to Melrose, the scene of the accident a distance of more than three miles, there is a fall of fully six hundred feet. This fact has made the railroad authorites specially careful at that point, and an engine is kept constantly there to help all trains up and down the mountain. The track was very wet when a coal train started down, and soon after beginning the descent it bacme evident that the twelve loaded cars were too much for both engines to hold with all brakes down, and the speed gradually quickened under the heavy pressure until a speed of seventy-five miles an hour was reached, when the tracks spread and the entire train plunged headlong down the mountain burying beneath the broken cars, cross ties and earth the brave fellows who had stood to their posts.
The loss to the company in engines and cars alone will reach $75,000. A train containing Superintendent McBee and surgeons left Asheville immediately on hearing of the wreck, and returned, bringing the bodies of Engineer Smyra and Fireman Taylor. Flagman Bowcock is receiving the best medical attention. Both engineers have families, Smyra's wife being at Morehead City, where she was notified by telegraph of the disaster. This is the fourth wreck on this road within a week.
The Great Wreck!!
A Frightful Accident
Twenty-five People Killed
A Passenger Train Jumps the Track on Bostian's Bridge This Morning
List of the Killed and Wounded
An Occurrence Without Parallel in the History of the State
Published in The Landmark, Statesville, NC, 27 Aug 1891
The most horrible disaster in the history of railroading in North Carolina occurred at 2 o'clock this morning at Bostian's bridge over Third Creek, two miles west of Statesville. At that hour west-bound passenger train, No 9, which had passed Statesville on time at 1:52 am, was hurled from the top of the bridge a distance of 60 to 75 feet, the engine, tender, baggage and second class car, the first class coach, the Pullman sleeper car "Saluda" and the private car of Superintendent R R Bridgers, all going overboard. The bridge was swept clear of iron from end to end.
George Bowley, traveling for the Atlanta Rubber Company, and one or two other passengers who made their wasy from the car alive, came on foot to town and gave the news of the accident. In a little while the town was aroused, citizens in vehicles began hastening to the scene and the work of rescue began. Some of the passengers had crawled from the car and were perched, dazed, on their tops. Axes were put to work and the cars cut open, and so many of the passengers as could be found were dragged out -- some dead, some alive.
By dawn great crowds of people were on the ground and nothing was left undone. The dead and wounded were brought to town -- the wounded disposed of at the hotels and private houses, the dead laid side by side on the floor of the Farmers' Tobacco Warehouse, and the bodies tagged.
How many were killed or drowned it is yet impossible to learn. Nineteen dead bodies had been taken out up to 10 o'clock, but it appears probable that others are yet in the water under the cars. Twenty-five is probably not an overestimate of the number dead.
Below is as complete a list as can be had up to this hour, 10:30, of the number who were killed or who lost their lives in the water:
Engineer Wm West, Salisbury
Fireman Warren Fry, Salisbury
Baggage Master Hugh K Linster, Statesville
W M Houston, merchant, Greensboro
Perry Barnett, Ashville
Samuel Gorman, Ashville
Charles Bennett, Hendersonville
Jule Thefer, Traveling Salesman
W J Fisher, Camppello, SC
W E Winslow, Asheville
Mr Davis, Statesville, (one-legged man)
J B Austin, Hickory
Lady, Unknown, ticket in pocket reading "Mrs George McCormick and Mother," Elmwood to Alexander's
Unknown Old Lady
Unknown Lady, ring on finger inside of which is engraved, "T H W to M R R"
Unknown Colored Man
Mrs Pool, Williamston, drowned but body not recovered
T Brodie, New York, traveling for a glove house, killed but body not recovered
Rev Jas M Sikes, Clarksville, Tenn
Dock Welles, colored porter
George Bowley, Atlanta, injured but walked to town
Conductor Spaugh, hurt but will live
Sleeping Car Conductor H C Clepper, head cut, arm and ankle sprained
Colored Sleeping Car Porter
O W Lawson, Louisville, Ky
Miss Luellen Pool, Williamston, NC
Mrs R C Moore, Helena, Ark
Miss Ophelia Moore, daughter of last named lady, supposed to be dying at the residence of A J Evans as this report closes
A L Sink and Wife, of Lexington, both seriously injured, he now dying at residence of J Bostian
B M Estes Jr, Memphis, Tenn, hurt but will live
Flagman Shoaf, Lexington, NC, hurt but will live
John Gaze, Asheville, injured, not seriously
State Auditor George W Sanderlin, painfully hurt but not dangerously -- now at residence of John S McRorie
Patrick E Ransom, of Northampton county, son of Senator M W Ransom, cut on head -- not dangerously-- at residence of W E Anderson
R E Johnson, newsboy, saved and at the residence of John S McRorie
Col Bennehan Cameron, of Raleigh, a member of the Governor's staff
Otto Ramsey, Norfolk, Va
Worth Elliott, Hickory
The Wreck And The Cause
The train fell from the north side of the track. The engine lies partly up the embankment on the west side of the creek. The first-class coach lies on top of the second-class and Superintendent Bridger's car partly covers the sleeper.
It is supposed that as the engine, which was making 25 to 30 miles an hour on a down grade, struck the bridge, the track spread. Why it should have done so is unaccounted for by the fact that the ends of the ties at the approach to the bridge were found to be rotten.
Engineer West was found pinioned under his cab. Within arms reach of him were the bodies of two of the unknown female passengers -- how their bodies got from the first-class coach to the engine will never be known.
Miss Luellen Pool held the head of her mother out of the water until her strength was exhausted when the head dropped and the mother drowned.
Parts of the sleeper and of the first-class coach are in the water.
Superintendent Bridgers was not aboard. His car was being hauled empty to Asheville.
A car load of convicts arrived from Newton early in the morning and the wreck is being cleared. The bridge is not damaged in the least and trains will soon be running over it.
The Very Latest.
At 11:30 o'clock there are 21 dead bodies in town and three of the injured are dying. The list grows.
The Day After The Wreck
Revised List of Casualties
Twenty-Two Killed, 26 Wounded
Accurate Particulars Concerning the Dead and Injured of the Great Wreck -- Widespread Public Interest in the Disaster
The foregoing account from The Landmark of yesterday, of the great wreck on the Western North Carolina Raillroad yesterday morning at 2 o'clock, was surprisingly accurate, and only needs amplification now from the fact that some ot the then unidentified have been identified since and that a few facts not then known have since developed.
We are enabled at this time to present absolutely accurate statements as to the dead and wounded and the lists follows:
Dock Welles, colored porter, of Salisbury
Rev J M Sikes, of Clarksville, Tenn
J B Austin, Hickory
A Davis, Statesville
W M Houston, Greensboro
Charles Barnett, Asheville
W E Winslow, Asheville
Perry Barnett, Asheville
Saml Gorman, Asheville
W J Fisher, Campobello, SC
Chas G Webber, Pittsburg, Pa
J C Brodie, Chicago
Warren E Fry, fireman, Salisbury
Wm A West, engineer
Hugh K Linster, baggagemaster, Statesville
Mrs Geo McCormack, Rowan county
Mrs Page, her daughter, Rowan county
Mrs Sue E Pool, Williamston
Mrs Frank H White, Memphis, Tenn
Miss Ophelia Moore, Helena, Ark
Henry Patterson, colored
An Unknown white man with a ticket reading from Reidsville, NC, to Corinth, Miss, and supposed from name on Testament on his person to be one A L Bigham
Will Bradford, Asheville, slightly
John Gaze, Asheville, slightly
Marshall Nix, Asheville, slightly
Benj Smith, Reidsville, cut in face
Col H C Deming, Harrisburg, Pa, slightly
C A Bailey, Danville, Va, slightly
Andrew Gwyn, colored, slightly
Jim Dobbins, colored, slightly
George Bowley, Atlanta, Ga, slightly
Conductor J F Spaugh, Salisbury, slightly
H C Clepper, sleeping car conductor, slightly
O W Lawson, Louisville, Ky, slightly
J M Brown, Salisbury, slightly
Flagman Chas L Shoaf, Lexington, slightly
State Auditor George W Sanderlin, Raleigh, slightly -- painful bruises the whole length of right side
Patrick E Ransom, Northampton county, slightly -- head cut in three places, finger cut, eye contused -- injuries superficial
Mr Streeter, Person county, slightly
Otto Ramsey, Norfolk, Va, slightly
Saml Carter, Asheville, slightly
Miss Luellen Pool, Williamston, painfully but not dangerously
Mrs R C Moore, Helena, Ark, badly but will likely recover
A L Sink, Lexington, badly; thigh crushed and condition critical but better today than yesterday
Mrs A L Sink, badly; cut on head and face and ugly gash in back; in rather better condition than her husband and has improved since yesterday
R M Estes, Jr, of Memphis, Tenn, rather seriously; passed a bad night but his recovery expected
R E Johnson, news boy, badly cut and condition grave but not alarming; is better today than yesterday
J F Holler, Crossing, Catawba county, badly hurt but recovery expected
Awful Head-End Collision By Passenger Trains
Several Persons are Killed
The Local Train on the Southern Railrood Fails to Make a Siding According to Orders and the Result was a Terrific Crash with the Trough Express
Passengers Escape Injuries
Published in the Newark Daily Advocate, Newark, Ohio, 12 Apr 1897
Charlotte, NC, April 12 - Northbound Florida special on the Southern railway No 36 and local southbound passenger train No 11 collided at 11:15 am at Harrisburg, 13 miles north of this city, killing three persons and wounding six.
T Clingman Benton, of Charlotte, 35, postal clerk on No 11
Titus Eudy, of Forest Hill, Concord
Will Donaldson, fireman on No 36
J C Kinney, of Thomasville, engineer on No 11, is fatally scalded
The northbound special was late in leaving Charlotte, but was given the right of way, its orders being to pass the local train at Harrisburg, where there is a siding.
No 11 had slowed up preparatory to taking this siding and was but 100 yards from the north end of the switch, when the express, running at 45 miles an hour, dashed into it. The two engines came together with a terrific crash which resembled a sharp crack of thunder.
Just previous to the collision Engineer Tunstall applied the airbrakes and jumped. Many of the passengers on No 36 were thrown from the seats, but none of them were hurt. The two express cars on the northbound train were shattered into thousands of pieces and soon after the accident the postal of the local caught fire, but by the use of chemicals the flames were extinguished.
Postal Clerk Benton suffered a horrible death. His legs were pinioned so close to the boiler of one of the engines that he was being burned by the heat and steam. He begged piteously to his rescuers to cut off his legs and extricate him. Although every effort was made to release the suffering man it was an hour and a half before he was taken out. He lived but 15 minutes longer.
Fireman Donaldson and John Eudy were found in the center of the wreck. Kinney was taken from the wreck alive, but is so badly scalded that he is not expected to live. The wounded are being cared for in this city.
Train Derailed Near Pilot Mountain
Published in The County Record, 15 Apr 1897
Charlotte, NC, April 7 - The engine of the Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley railroad, which left Mount Airy today at 2:30 pm, was derailed near Pilot Mountain and Fireman Walter Chaffin and Conductor Fred Fouschee, the latter riding on the engine at the time, were caught under it and killed. Engineer Powers was badly injured.
Fell Under the Train
Will Trexler's Toes Had to be Amputated
Published in the Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, NC, 21 May 1897
Special to the Observer
Salisbury, May 1897
Will Trexler, a son of Jacob Trexler, this afternoon jumped from a rapidly moving freight train between Spencer and Salisbury. He was rendered unconscious by the fall, and thrown under the moving train. Both feet were terribly mangled, and the amputation of several toes will be required. The young man was taken to the freight depot, and Dr Trantham was summoned. The scene of the accident was the location of the former railroad shops near the city.
Remarkable Wreck on the Western
Engine and Cars Badly Wrecked But No Persons Seriously Hurt
Published in The Landmark, Statesville, NC, 26 Aug 1902
Asheville Gazette, 25th
One of the most remarkable wrecks in the history of the Southern railway occurred yesterday afternoon shortly after 1 o'clock, about a mile west of Swannanoa station, the train being No 11 from the east. Although the engine and three cars went down a high embankment, the engine being completely broken to pieces and three of the cars practically wrecked, all the trainmen and passengers escaped with their lives and no one was injured more than slightly.
"Miraculous"ť is the word oftenest used by those who have visited the scene to describe the escape of the engineer and fireman, whose cab was overturned and smashed into kindling wood and scrap iron. Both ends of the engine were buried in the earth. The forward part of the boiler had plowed twelve or fourteen inches into the earth. The overturned tender lay on top of the engine, and the great mass of wrecked machinery was topped by a miscellaneous assortment of trucks, rods, beams, bolts and bars.
The engine went over on the left side of the track. The left side is the firemans' station and Fireman George Crews side of the engine was buried in the earth up to the furnace door. The little space between the top of the cab and the ground was where Mr Crews found himself when the sudden, terrible shock was over. He was confined on three sides, and the walls of his little prison were of jagged ends of splinters, pipes, etc., while steam was bursting from every crevice and covering the place with a blinding cloud. He lost no time in getting out.
Fireman Crews narrowly escaped two kinds of death “by mangling and by scalding“ and escaped with only a slight cut on the arm. That the wreck did not catch on fire is probably explained by the fact that the water tank overturning above the boiler and furnace, extinguished the fire.
Engineer Roueche landed on the roof of the cab. This was wrenched off and lay bottom upward beside the cab's remains. The engineer was bruised in the back and suffered somewhat from the shock.
Rev T K Brown, of Black Mountain, who was a passenger on the train, was brought to the city and taken to the Mission hospital. Mr Brown stated that he had been thrown forcibly against the seat in front of him, and it was at first supposed that he had suffered internal injuries. Physicians said last evening, however, that Mr Brown was suffering from the shock, and that there was nothing serious about his condition.
Traveling Engineer J P Moore and Law Agent Groome, who were in the baggage car, were bruised by being struck by trunks.
These were the extent of the injuries, all of them being inconsiderable.
Train No 11 leaves Salisbury at 8:25 am, and is due to arrive at Asheville at 1:30 pm. The time of arrival at Swannanoa station is 1:01. The station was reached about three minutes late yesterday afternoon. The train was composed of six cars, mail and express, baggage, two day coaches and two Pullman sleepers, and was crowded with passengers. About a mile west of the station there is a deep cut, with a curve at the western end, and about 75 yards farther on is the center of an embankment about 15 feet high, which crosses a small ravine. It was at the end of this curve that the engine left the track and it landed with its steam dome exactly in the center of the ravine. Only the forward one of the passenger cars left the track, and it did not suffer severely, the running gear only being somewhat demolished. The trucks were torn from beneath the other cars and scattered about the embankment. Pieces of the engine were found 75 feet from the track. Neither of the cars was overturned, although the forward car reached the bottom of the ravine, its end driven against the bank by the momentum.
In the forward compartment was Mail Clerk J S Paco. In the rear end of the car was Express Messenger W S Staley, while Baggage-master Jones was in the baggage car. Conductor J F Lowe, who was in charge of the train, although shaken up, was not badly injured.
A messenger ran at once to Swannanoa station and telegraphed news of the disaster. In a short time a train was sent out from Asheville to bring the passengers and mail, and soon three engines with wrecking apparatus and a crew of about 100 men were on the ground at work. The track was opened in about five hours after the occurrence.
What caused the disaster can not be stated with certainty. It does not appear to have been the fault of the engine, which was moving along smoothly at a moderate rate of speed. The rails did not spread. The exact point at which the engine left the track can be plainly seen, and the track, up to where the drivers began to eat the cross-ties, is just as it was before the wreck.
At this point, exactly, a sear was found upon the rail, which had the appearance of having been made by the wheels passing over a spike, the point being turned in the direction from which the train was coming. Railroad men say that a spike so placed will derail an engine more certainly than most anything else. A short distance farther east were two more prints on the track, and a smashed up nut or tap was found nearby. Naturally, the theory of the officials is that the train was wrecked by those obstructions, placed there by accident or design.
Engineer Peter Roueche is at the present the oldest engineer on the road. He was driving No 306 and the engine was just out of the shop. She was on her first regular run, having been brought up a few days ago on a freight to break her in and wear off the stiffness of her unused joints. She was a large, handsome engine, and will be a big loss to the Southern. Altogether, the wreck will probably cost the company some $15,000 or $20,000.
29 Die in Wreck, 23 Injured
Head-on Collision Near Hamlet
The Dead Mostly Negroes
Published in the Charlotte Daily Observer, Charlotte, NC, 23 Jul 1906
Seaboard Air Line Passenger Train No 44 and an Extra Freight Train Come Together With an Awful Crash in a Deep Cut One Mile From Hamlet-Engineer Lewis, His Fireman and the Fireman of the Freight Instantly Killed and Death is as Swift to a Score or More of the Passengers in Colored Coach-Dead and Injured to be Removed to Rockingham on a Special-Wreckage Piled High on Tracks and Traffic is Completely Blocked-The Wreck Probably Due to a Misundertanding of Orders or a Lap Order-The Ill-Fated Passenger Train Left Charlotte at 5 O'clock Yesterday Afternoon and Was Running 40 Miles an Hour When It Plunged Headlong Into the Freight-Details Hard to Obtain.
Special to The Observer.
Hamlet, July 22 - Twenty or more were killed and twenty-three badly injured in a head-on collision between a Seaboard Air Line passenger train and an extra freight one mile from here to-night. Nearly all those killed were colored passengers.
The known dead are:
Engineer F B Lewis, of the passenger train
H S Byrd, Baggagemaster
Fireman Tom Hill, colored, of the passenger train
Negro Fireman, Name Unknown, of the freight
Probably 25 others unidentified
Railroad men, citizens and the passengers who escaped injury, are working heroically to recover the dead and injured imprisoned in the wreckage.
Both the second and first class coaches were overturned and it is feared that the death list will be sadly augmented before the work of the rescuers is completed.
The rescuers can see a number of lifeless forms by the fitful light of lanterns and these they are striving manfully to reach. Fortunately the lamps in the coaches were extinguished in the crash and fire was not added to the horror of the catastrophe.
Thus far the list of the seriously injured reaches twenty-three-five white and eighteen colored. Others may be imprisoned in the overturned coaches.
The engineer and fireman of the freight train jumped and escaped with a few bruises. The coach for colored people was completely demolished and nearly everyone in it met death. Both locomotives were demolished and the baggage cars and coaches jumbled together in an unsightly mass. The tracks are piled high with wreckage and will be blocked for hours.
The wreck occurred about 7:30 o'clock. The passenger train, which left Charlotte at 5 o'clock, was without orders and was moving at the rate of forty miles an hour. Without warning the freight, an extra fruit train, west bound, dashed around the curve in the deep cut one mile from Hamlet, and the two trains came together with an awful crash and roar. Engineer Lewis and his firemen were instantly killed and death was almost as swift to the passengers in the colored coach. The destruction was complete and rendered more horrible by the cries and groans of the dying.
The dead and injured will be conveyed to Rockingham as soon as a special can be made up and the track cleared sufficiently. Messages have been sent to every physician in Hamlet and Rockingham, as well as in the county.
It is impossible at this time to ascertain the names of the dead and injured owing to the confusion incident to the catastrophe. Not all the dead have been identified, but it is stated that the list will reach 29. The chief dispatcher of the Seaboard at Raleigh has ordered 18 coffins from the undertaker at Rockingham.
The blame for the wreck has not been placed. The passenger train, it is said, had no orders to meet the freight, and it is the presumption that the freight overlooked its orders. One report ascribes the cause of the wreck to have been a lap order, stating that the passenger train had orders to meet the freight at Hamlet, while the freight's orders were to meet the passenger train at Rockingham.
Published in The Columbus Enquirer-Sun, Columbus, GA, 24 Jul 1906
Capt Frank B Lewis, who was at the throttle of the passenger train, was killed outright
H S Byrd, baggagemaster, was the only other white person killed
Capt J D Bowen was in charge of the passenger train and he is the only one of the crew of his train that was not killed. He escaped with a few bruises about the hip.
Engineer J O Bundy and Capt W H Hunt were in charge of the freight train. Mr Bundy jumped and was not seriously injured.
Published in the Charlotte Daily Observer, Charlotte, NC, 23 Jul 1906
Eighteen bodies were taken from the wreckage last night, and two others this morning. Two others died in the hospital here.
Among the dead are:
Engineer Frank B Lewis, Hamlet; Fireman Thomas Hill, colored; Baggagemaster H S Byrd; John Gregean, of Wadesboro; Tom Jones, of Rockingham; Gilbert McFadren, of Hamlet; Hattie Chapell, of Laurinburg; Hannibal McNair, of Laurinsburg; Mattie McNall, of Laurinburg; Mary Bell of Rockingham; Ether Dupree of Bennettsville; Jane Russell, of Hoffman; Mary Land, of Bennettsville.
All of the above are colored except Lewis and Byrd.
Among the injured are:
C S Sanford, of Rockingham; E A Boden, in charge of the passenger train; E S Sanford, of Rockingham; E A Carter, of Rockingham; F L Lea, of Rockingham; John Birmingham, of Rockingham, all white.
Horrible Death of Engineer S E Maxwell in Seaboard Wreck
Lingered Four Hours With Feet in Fire Box
Rescuers, Helpless to Render Aid, Looked on as Brave Engineer Roasted by Degrees -- Was a Native of Walhalla
Published in Columbiz, SC, 31 Dec 1906
Charlotte, NC, Dec 30 - The Seaboard Air Line's fast mail No 32, northbound from Atlanta to Richmond, crashed into a string of loaded freight cars at Peachland, a flag station 19 miles east of Monroe, late last night, partially wrecking the passenger train and killing Engineer S E Maxwell of Raleigh.
Running 50 miles an hour Engineer Maxwell sighted the freight train as he rounded the curve near Peachland and with concern only for the passengers, whose lives were in his care, he applied the emergency brakes in an effort to moderate the impending crash. The speed was reduced to 10 miles an hour when the train struck and the fireman jumped without being hurt. Maxwell stuck to his post, was caught between the engine and tender and slowly roasted to death in view of the rescuers, who strained every nerve to reach him. Helplessly pinned in the firebox, the brave man lived four hours, fully conscious, talking cheerfully to the rescuers, his last words being a message to his wife and child at Raleigh. No one else was hurt.
Nine Killed by Blast
Four Other Laborers Were Fatally Injured
Were Working in Tunnel
Published in The Washington Post, Washington DC, 14 May 1907
Delayed Explosion Responsible for the Tragedy to Construction Gang on South and Western in North Carolina
Thirteen Men Were Hurled Into the Air by the Blast
Death was Instantaneous
Bristol, Tenn May 13 - Details of the explosion which occurred on the South and Western Railway, near Alta Pass, NC, Saturday afternoon, and in which nine persons met instant death and four others were fatally injured, reached here to-night.
Miscounted the Blasts.
A force of about twenty men, under Foreman Jack Hyder were engaged in blasting rock in a deep tunnel. They prepared three blasts, and, retreating to a safe distance, only two blasts were fired, but several men, thinking all had been exploded, ventured back into the cut. They had started to work again, when suddenly an explosion hurled thirteen of them high into the air, instantly killing nine. The other four fell unconscious.
Stunned by the Explosion.
The remainder of the force, who were hauling away rock on the outside, were stunned by the terrific report, and when they recovered rushed into the cut to see the ground strewn with the bodies of their fellow workmen.
The dead and injured were all natives of the mountains, and were employed as common laborers. None of their names has yet been obtained.
Blast Traps Train
Wrecks a Bridge and Hurls Eleven Cars Into Creek
2 Killed 1200 Feet Away
Houses Damaged and Men Injured by Flying Rocks
Premature Discharge of Powder Near Chattanooga, Tenn, Hurls Mass of Stone 400 Yards
Crushing to Death Two Men in Pile Driver's Pilot
Dwelling Houses More Than Quarter of Mile Distant Wrecked
Powder Man Disappears
Published in The Washington Post, Washington, DC, 17 May 1907
Chattanooga, Tenn, May 16 - Three men were killed outright, two so seriously injured that they will die, and three others badly injured, in addition to the crashing of a freight engine and eleven cars through a bridge into Chattanooga Creek, the destruction of three residences and a pile driver near by, as the result of a premature explosion of a blast about 4 o'clock this afternoon at the foot of Lookout Mountain on the Stevenson extension of the Southern Railway.
Will Hyder, fireman of pile driver for Nashville Chattanooga and St Louis Railroad
Clint Shaefer, engineer of pile driver
J Fitzgerald, Negro fireman, Southern Railway
Samuel Mahon, engineer Southern Railway bruised about head
Chris George, Greek Laborer, skull fractured and other injuries
Chris Costa, Greek laborer, skull badly fractured
Peter John, injured about head and body
Styles John, Greek laborer, injured about head
Second article, same publication:
The bridge was crushed in by several tons of rock hurled by the blast just as the freight train was going on the bridge. Other pieces of rock, hurled for 1200 feet crashed through the pilot of the pile driver of the Nashville, Chattanooga and St Louis Railroad, which was at work driving piles in Chattanooga Creek for a new viaduct, killing Engineer Shaefer and Fireman Hyder instantly. Other pieces of rock, hurled 500 and 600 yards, struck the residences on the side of Lookout Mountain, crashing through the roofs and floors of the buildings.
Three Greeks who were working on the new line some distance from the blast were struck by flying pieces of rock. Two of them are at the hospital in a serious condition. The blast was set off, it is said, by J Ford, a powder man, employed by the contractors. He had only been employed for a short time by the company. At a late hour he could not be located.
Nine Killed by an Explosion in Mitchell County
Published in The Landmark, Statesville, NC, 17 May 1907
Bristol, Va, Dispatch, 13th
Saturday afternoon while a force of men were at work blasting on the South and Western railway on the works of McCarty Brothers, near Altapass, NC, an explosion occurred in which nine men were almost instantly killed and four others were seriously, if not fatally, injured. The men were all employes of the railway company and were natives of the Altapass section.
The force had drilled for a blast and after placing the explosive in the blast hole started to retreat. The dynamite fired prematurely and the men were hurled in every direction.
Three Trainmen Killed
Published in the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, WI, 7 Aug 1907
Raleigh, NC, Aug 7 - Two bodies in burning debris and one body recovered from the wreck, 11 freight cars burned and several passengers slightly injured, are the results of a head-on collision on the Southern railway, nine miles east of Raleigh, Tuesday night. The dead are:
W C Parker, Spencer, NC, engineer of freight train
Jack Bethel, Greensboro, NC, fireman, and Fireman Young of Lexington, NC
Sunday Railway Wreck
Engineer Killed on Atlantic Coast Line Road
Limited Passenger Train Ran Into Open Switch and Collided With Yard Engine
Published in the Titusville Herald, Titusville, Pennsylvania, 7 Oct 1907
Rocky Mount, NC, Oct 6 - The north-bound Florida and West Indiana Limited passenger train on the Atlantic Coast Line ran into an open switch and collided with a yard engine at South Rocky Mount at 2:30 o'clock this morning.
Engineer G W Boney, of the passenger train was instantly killed and Postal Clerk T T Hill, slightly injured. Although many passengers were thrown from their berths none suffering injuries.
Both engines were completely demolished as also were the mail, express and baggage car. Engineer Boney's body, which was pinned under the boiler of his engine could not be removed until six hours had elapsed.
After a three hour's delay the passengers resumed their journey.
Brakeman Causes A Fatal Wreck; Runs Away
Three Persons Killed and Two Score Injured on the Southern
Published in The Weekly Sentinel, Fort Wayne, IN, 23 Oct 1907
Washington, Oct 18 - Three killed and thirty-seven injured, one of them probably fatally, is the result of the collision at Rudd, N C, last night between a Southern railway passenger train and a freight train, which was standing on the siding there. Southern railway officials report that one of the injured may die and that the front brakeman on the freight train, whom the railroad officials believe caused the accident by leaving the switch open has disappeared. The killed are:
J A Broady, of Spencer, N C, fireman on the freight train
Mrs J P Thomas, Danville, Va, wife of a freight conductor
D Allen Bryant, Richmond, Va, representative of a paper box company
Most of the injuries sustained by the passengers were slight.
Wreck on Southern Railway
New Orleans-New York Limited De-railed Near Bessemer City
Five Mail Clerks Hurt
Published in The State, Columbia, SC, 3 Aug 1908
Charlotte, NC, Aug 2 - Traffic on the Charlotte-Atlantic division of the Southern railway is completely blocked tonight by the wreck of train No 38, the New Orleans-New York Limited, northbound, which came to grief just south of Bessemer City at 8:30 o'clock tonight. The tender and one postal car jumped the track and fell down a 30-foot embankment and one postal car, the club car, the diner and the front trucks of one sleeper left the rails, but did not turn over. The locomotive remained on the track. Five postal clerks were more or less seriously injured. They are: E W Hortt, Thomas McRae, T L Dean, L H Boulin of Atlanta and C B White of Greenville, Ga. No passengers were hurt and the engineer and firemen escaped uninjured. It will be daylight before the tracks are cleared by wrecking trains which have been sent to the scene from Greenville and Spencer. The track was badly torn up. Physicians accompanied the wrecking trains. Train No 35 has been held here pending development. The cause of the wreck is unknown.
Published in The Biloxi Daily Herald, Biloxi, MS, 4 Aug 1908
Charlotte, NC, Aug 4 - Traffic on the Charlotte-Atlanta division of the Southern railway is completely blocked by the wreck of train No 38, the New Orleans-New York Limited, northbound, which came to grief one mile south of Bessemer City, Sunday night.
The tender and one postal car left the track and fell down a 30-foot embankment and one postal car, the club car, the diner and the front trucks of one sleeper left the rails, but did not turn over. The locomotive remained on the track.
Five postal clerks were more or less seriously injured.
No passenger was hurt, nor were the engineer and fireman injured.
Train in Washout: Engineer is Killed
Published in The Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, AL, 26 Aug 1908
Asheville, NC, Aug 29 - Southern Railway freight train No 63 was ditched by a washout between Saluda and Flat Rock at 8:30 tonight.
Engineer Lee London, of this city, was buried beneath the debris and his body was found late tonight.
Details are meagre, telegraphic and telephonic communications being difficult, owning to the damage done to wires by heavy storms of yesterday and Sunday.
Fireman W H Phillips of Hendersonville, is reported seriously injured. A wrecking train has left here for Saluda.
Twelve Killed in a Railroad Wreck
Disaster on the Southern Railway -- Pullmans Thrown from Trestle Into Creek
Published in the Salt Lake Herald Republican, Salt Lake City, Utah 16 Dec 1909
Greensboro, NC, Dec 15 - Local passenger train No 11 on the Southern railway, known as the Richmond and Atlantic train, due in Greensboro at 6:40 o'clock, was wrecked this morning at 6:32 o'clock at Reedy Fork trestle, ten miles north of here, and at 6 o'clock tonight eleven dead bodies had been removed from the wreckage.
It is said that twelve are dead and twenty-five are being cared for at a hospital.
The identified dead:
A P Cone, superintendent of the Richmond & Danville division of the Southern railway, Richmond
H C White, traveling auditor, Washington, DC
Isaac Dammels, porter on the Richmond sleeper
C B Nolan, Pullman conductor, Greensboro
Frank W Kilby, export accountant of Anniston, Ala
Virgil E Holcomb, Mount Airy, NC
Ed Sexton, Denton, NC
Richard Eames, mining engineer of Salisbury, NC
Charles Broadfield, Americus, Ga
Ed Bagby, Richmond, Va
John C Brodnax, Richmond, Va
The body of an unknown white man, apparently 25 years old, was recovered late this afternoon.
Among the patients at the hospital who are fatally injured are:
Henry L Stribling, Atlanta, Ga, died early this morning.
F C Smith, Spencer, NC
Much time was required to remove the dead and injured from the debris.
George J Gould, who, with his son, Jay, was in one of the Pullmans when the train jumped the track, and who was reported dead, escaped uninjured. He, with his son, Jay, and a friend, R H Russell, of New York, former editor of the Metropolitan magazine, had just got out of their berths when the wreck occurred. Mr Russell was badly hurt by coming in contact with a car stove and is at the hospital.
Mr Gould and his son came in on the special bearing the dead and injured. He left this afternoon for his hunting lodge fifteen miles from here, stating that the wreck had not discouraged his plans for a week's outing.
The derailment was caused by a broken rail about 200 feet from the trestle that spans a small stream. The train was comprised of two baggage, express and mail cars, three day coaches and two Pullmans. The engine and baggage mail and express cars passed over in safety, while the day coaches and Pullmans were thrown from the trestle into the creek and along the bank twenty to thirty feet below.
At the point where the first coach left the track the right rail was broken about eighteen inches from the joint. The rail was broken into fragments for several feet and torn entirely from the ties. The wheels ran on the ties until near the trestle, when the outside wheels went over, allowing the brake beams and axles to fall on the guard rails of the bridge.
As the last coach was on the trestle the five coaches toppled over, broke loose from the mail and express car and tumbled into the mud and water below.
The Norfolk Pullman fell into the water, while the Richmond sleeper, just in front, landed only partially in the water. Most of the injured and killed in the sleepers were in the Richmond car, which was totally demolished.
The Norfolk sleeper was also badly torn up, but fell on its side, in the swollen stream, submerging many passengers.
The appearance of the dead at the undertakers shops showed that some were scalded to death and others were badly mutilated, while one was cut in half at the waist, his dismembered parts being found at opposite ends of the coach.
The railway had a corps of officials, physicians and laborers on the scene soon after the news reached here.
At 5 o'clock this afternoon track had been cleared. Three cars have not been raised, and it is believed that several bodies will be found beneath the wreckage.
Eight Negro Excursionists Killed in a Head-on Collision at Hamlet
Sixty Others Seriously Hurt and Twenty-Eight Escape with Minor Injuries
Many of Injured will Die
Over Nine Hundred People Aboard Ill-Fated Train Bound from Durham to Charlotte -- Trainload of Injured Brought Here
Published in the Charlotte Daily Observer, Charlotte, NC, 28 Jul 1911
Special to The Observer.
Hamlet, July 27.-One of the worst wrecks ever experienced by the Seaboard Air Line occurred right in front of the Hamlet roundhouse at 10:40 this morning, when a colored excursion bound from Durham to Charlotte and running as second No 33, in charge of Conductor William Bowen of Raleigh and Engineman Ben Koonce of the same place, went head-on into a freight coming into the yards from Wilmington and in charge of Engineer Archie Taylor and Conductor Benton Brown. The track at this place makes a sharp curve and both sides of the main line were lined with box and coal cars. The freight was crawling into the yards under the impression that no train was coming and Engineer Koonce was heading for Hamlet at a good clip, sure also that the track was clear. The two engines lie now beside the track fast to each other in a grasp of death. The wrecking crew have so far been unable to separate them.
Crash Heard All Over Town
The crash was heard all over town and the whistles of the roundhouse and the sound of escaping steam from the contending engines called the whole town to the scene of carnage and death. Both engineers are hurt. Mr Taylor is at his home here, partially unconscious, and Mr Koonce is at the Hamlet hotel. Dr McLoud of Aberdeen is attending the injured passenger conductor also. Captain Bowen was seen by the correspondent this afternoon. He is suffering from three broken ribs and a general shake-up.
The Seaboard Air Line crew received the train with 912 passengers from the Durham & Southern Railway at 8:15 this morning at Apex. Everything went smooth and there was no intimation of trouble until the sudden shock of the head on collision.
Frail Cars Crumble Like Pasteboard
The great carnage was in the fourth and fifth cars. These were old and frail and crumbled like pasteboard. Samuel Miller was asleep with his hand in the window. The telescoping wall clipped off his head and it rolled clear of the wreck. Where the two cars came together the people were packed four deep, the life-blood of those on top dripping upon the wounded below. Willing hands cut away the side of the car and released a number. The car seats were laid upon the ground under the repair shed and a field hospital opened. Drs Kinsman and Fowlkes of Hamlet and four physicians from Rockingham, with several from Laurinburg and Aberdeen, did all that medical skill could do for the wounded. The task was great. Sixty people were seriously injured; twenty-eight more were slightly bruised and scratched; seven more killed outright and, of the sixty injured, one died while on the table.
Mrs Landrum, a trained nurse from the Presbyterian hospital of Charlotte, was nursing a case in town and volunteered her services. She gave skilled aid in a very trying position.
It was a sad and pitiable spectacle to see the suffering forms scattered upon the cushion cots, some covered with blankets and here and there a sheet-covered face showing death. A train was hurriedly made up and the injured were sent to Charlotte to the hospital there. The carpenter shop was made into a morgue and there the eight dead bodies were prepared for burial. They were taken back to Durham tonight.
The wreck destroyed six of the eleven cars and the uninjured were compelled to remain in Hamlet all day, as there was not cars enough to take them away.
The excursion was being run by the St Joseph's Methodist church of Durham and was scheduled to reach Charlotte today at noon and return tonight. The excursionists will return to Durham with heavy hearts and without seeing Charlotte.
The property loss to the Seaboard will run up near $80,000.
The blame for the wreck has not been placed. An investigation will be held later. An old railroad man expressed the opinion today that the frail construction of the cars had something to do with the great damage. A similar wreck is recalled four years ago between here and Rockingham, when Engineer Lewis lost his life and twenty-three passengers were killed.
The dead, all of Durham are:
The injured are:
Mamie Stuart, legs bruised and injured internally; Joe Cane, injured internally, condition serious; Wily Hollan, bruised about limbs and injured internally; Katie Lawson, bruised and cut and injured internally; Bessie Harris, flesh wounds and injured internally; Lillian Burton, bruised and injured internally; Cora Robinson, cut and bruised and hurt internally; Percy Daniels, cut and bruised and hurt internally; Myrtle Robinson, cut and bruised and hurt internally; David Cameron, bruised and cut; Bingham Faucet, slightly bruised; Arthur McRay, injured internally; Matthew Harris, flesh wounds and bruised about legs and hips; Spriggs Waller, right leg broken and injured internally; Oscar Ford, thigh broken and mashed through the hips; Charles Hackney, ankles bruised and cut; Lander Smith, leg dislocated at hip and arm disloated at shoulder; Simple Brown, legs bruised; Ernest Thompson, bruised and cut; J L Pierson, bruised and cut; Tim Walden, injured internally; James Goodlow, injured internally; Richard Locklear, cut and bruised about legs and body; Nat Moten, bruised about legs and body; Roy Trice, collar bone broken and leg bruised; John Carter, legs bruised and cut and injured internally; Lillie Carter, back sprained; Plumer Eaton, slightly bruised; Will Wentworth, legs bruised and cut and injured internally; Van Robinson, bruised about legs and injured internally; Annie Martin, shoulder bruised; Sith Cameron, right leg broken; Arthenia Cameron, arms and leg bruised and cut; Rufus Hunter, slightly bruised; Pattie Dunnigan, feet and legs bruised and cut; Mable Mayhoe, injured internally; Margaret Hall, back sprained and legs and arms bruised and cut; Nellie Batiste, cut about head; Will Green, legs bruised and injured internally; Will Simmons, slightly bruised; Martha Hall, hand cut and bruised through chest; Agnes Leathers, injured internally; Sol Williamson, slightly bruised; Nancy Cox, bruised and cut about legs and feet; Josie Tune, bruised and cut about legs and feet; Em Bumpus, slightly bruised; Early Caly, bruised about arm and head and injured internally; Albert Shanklin, bruised about head and legs; Cornelia Smith, injured internally; Lizzie Harris, head bruised and cut; Mary Henderson, bruised about legs and neck; Lillie Royster, face cut and bruised; Viola Dunnigan, hip smashed; Caroline Cosart, feet bruised and cut and mashed through chest; Lizzie Johnson, left leg broken; James Baly, left leg broken and side cut; Ed Briggs, ankle sprained; Jennie McIvor, legs and hip bruised and cut.
The bruised and generally shaken up are:
Frank Sharper, Junie Olive, Will Banes, Nathan Malone, John Mebane, A S Hunter, W S Ingram, George Taylor, Hubert Powell, W O Smith, O H McCoy, H L Robinson, Starling Albright, Robert Albright, Arthur Page, Morlie Scarborough, Ed Green, Fred Colers, Willie Lunsford, Elmer Sanford, Luther S Bumpass, Lessie Sutton, Julius Haynes, Joseph Allen, Allie Wormack, Ed Ewain, Selma Peoples, Ethel Austin.
Both Crews Injured
All of the above were passengers.
Engineer B Koonce, on second No 33, is bruised and cut about the head and shoulders and is injured internally. W H Bowen, conductor on second No 33, is mashed through the side and has several ribs broken. A Taylor, engineer on No 17, is bruised and cut about the head, arms and leg and is injured internally. Albert Gary, fireman on No 17, is bruised and cut about the legs and body.
The Injured Brought Here
Fifty Mangled and Maimed in Hamlet Wreck Now in Good Samaritan and Mercy Hospitals - Some of These Will Die.
Rushed from Hamlet, the scene of yesterday morning's disastrous wreck, fifty negroes, sixteen women and thirty-four men, according to an unofficial count, were placed last night in the Good Samaritan hospital of Charlotte, bearing injuries ranging from the possibly fatal, the very serious, and the less serious wounds to the hurts which are trivial. There they were accorded with the utmost dispatch possible every alleviation of suffering which modern hospital facilities and surgical skill can afford. Regardless of the nature of their injuries, whether superficial or not, all were accorded equal treatment and were comfortably housed where the best of care will be theirs.
Exactly five years ago this month twenty-six negroes were killed and many injured at a point less than two miles from the scene of yesterday's wreck.
The first information which reached Charlotte was to the effect that the special train bearing its load of wounded would arrive about 4 o'clock. A telegraphic request was made of the Mercy General hospital that preparation be made for thirty-five patients. As rapidly as news of the accident spread groups began to gather at the Seaboard passenger station in expectation of witnessing the arrival of the train and the removal of the passengers.
After an hour had been spent in more or less impatient waiting, it was learned that the train had not left Hamlet and would not arrive until about 7:30 o'clock. Those versed in railroad affairs guessed that the train would not be stopped at the station when it did come and this proved correct. Reaching Charlotte a few minutes after 7 o'clock it was shifted to the Southern Railway tracks and carried down the C C & A line as far as Mint street, where it was almost within a block of the Good Samaritan hospital. The colored population was not long in taking the cue and when the train paused there it was in the midst of a motley throng, sympathetic, curious and interested. The train consisted of two passenger coaches and a baggage car. In the latter the injured were stowed away on cots.
The removal of the wounded men and women from the car to the waiting ambulance in which they were borne to the hospital was accomplished with little confusion. There were no outcries. The only exclamations were uttered by colored spectators, who were moved by the spectacle. "Dat chile shore am hurt bad," the women would murmur, as limp forms passed them on their way to the place of treatment.
At the hospital the hours of waiting had not been passed in vain. Under the direction of ladies of the board of managers, ably assisted by the nurses of the institution, things had been put in readiness, couches, rooms and clothing had been secured and placed in order. A dozen physicians of the city reported for duty and rendered aid wherever aid was needed.
The scenes within the hospital were those of orderly confusion. Practically all of the incoming patients had to be carried upstairs, where room had been made for them, by moving the others downstairs. Five or more rooms were filled with cots, with from six to ten in a room. The corridors were then pressed into service and those for whom no other place was available were laid there. What with volunteer workers coming with their burdens and returning with empty stretchers for others, doctors making ready for operations and nurses undressing the injured and putting them comfortably to bed, the scene was one of activity rarely witnessed. It had hardly been duplicated in Charlotte since the other Seaboard wreck of a negro excursion, whose survivors were brought here several years ago. Recollection of the former incident was awakened anew by last night's scenes.
There was only one way to obtain anything approximating a correct list of the injured and that was by personal inquiry. Physicians and nurses were too much occupied with the tasks of the moment to attempt to gain this information. So representatives of The Observer plunged into the maelstrom and plucked the information in each case from the lips of the wounded, who seemed to appreciate having some attention paid to them. The injuries accredited to the different ones, except in cases of broken limbs where the trouble was apparent, are according to each one's own statement. "Boss, is you gwine to send us back to Durham, tonight?" asked one darkey, with a note of pathos in his voice. With one leg fractured and his body otherwise bruised, he was in poor shape for a journey, but his thoughts turned homeward and the distance was not realized.
"I don't know why I wasn't killed," declared one youth. "Two were killed on the same seat with me and two were killed on the seat in front of me." He had escaped with a bruised limb.
"What is your name uncle?" was asked of a colored man, of advanced years, with iron-gray hair, who lay on a cot, with his right leg broken.
"Smith Cameron," came the answer proudly. "I use to belong to Paul Cameron," he added as though that sentence fairly belonged to his name, and was a part of it, to be quoted so often as the name was given. He semed a man of unusual intelligence and bore the pain with fortitude. He gave his age as 68 years.
W N Malone, a colored hackman from Durham, gave to an Observer man a very vivid account of the accident. He says that he was seated in one of the cars near the front of the train talking to two women when suddenly he heard a crash. The cars seemed as if they were coming down on him and when he was calm enough to notice things around him he was pinned under a beam and the two women that were near him were both dead. There was also seated in front of him a man and woman they both were unconscious for some time. He says that it was about twenty-five or thirty minutes before the rescue party reached him and cut him from under the wreck. At the time of the collision there was a silence for a moment and then the most terrible screams rent the air. After rising from under the debris he made his way to the front and there saw those that were dead and more severely injured. One man, he says, was up at one end of the train and his head was down at the other end. The trains were almost completely demolished, the two engines looking like one and the same mass of iron.
According to what could be learned from those that are here in the city the excursion was run by the St Joseph's Sunday school from Durham, with Charlotte as the destination. The train was under the personal supervision of the church authorities and up to the time of the wreck the affair promised well. The train left Durham at 7:30 and reached Hamlet at about 10:30. The accident occurred soon thereafter. A relief train was hurriedly made up and hastened to the scene of action. This relief train left Hamlet for Charlotte and arrived in the city about 7:15.
The sight at the hospital was pathetic. All the wards were crowded and in spite of the efforts of the nurses and doctors present it was some time before those injured could be cared for. Many of the ones in the hospital wanted to send messages to those at home. Some of them had had nothing to eat for more than ten hours and hunger added to their suffering. A great many of those in the hospital are only slightly injured and will be able to be out in a few days. At the last report about midnight all were resting well, but the doctors were still at work.
For the most part the work done by physicians prior to the arrival here appeared to be temporary, so that the work required of the local physicians were voluminous.
The list of injured, as well as could be ascertained, is as follows, all except one being from Durham:
Jennie McCiver, hips and knees bruised
Helen Waldon, face badly bruised and legs cut
Lizzie Harris, rib broken and side torn
Maggie Robinson, legs cut up by beam falling across them
Mary Dunham, arm badly hurt and ankle sprained
Lillian Burton, arms and legs bruised badly
Bessie Harris, arms and legs cut
Minnie Royster, hip sprained and face cut
Mabel Mae Hoke, side and face cut
Ninna Nelson, head cut and thigh sprained
Mammie Stewart, leg and right thigh cut
Tim Walson, back sprained
Albert Shankin, hole in head
Fred McCollough, legs and thighs badly cut
Norlie Scarborough, hip and side cut
Jimmie Oliver, head hurt slightly
Jim Patterson, back sprained
Spring Waller, one leg broken and the other bruised
Charles Hackney, ankle hurt
Orlando Smith, leg and arm mashed
James Bailes, left leg broken and back hurt
Candis Buggs, left arm sprained
P Dunnigan, bruised about the legs
Hattie Morton, shoulder dislocated, mouth cut and legs bruised
Richard Locklear, complained of hurt in the stomach
James Goodlow, thigh penetrated by some missle
Henry Brown, back and hip perhaps slightly sprained
Sterling Albright, left arm and left side bruised
Ed Bright or Briggs of Durham, left leg and hip bruised
Vance Roberson, who lives in the country near Durham, knee and forehead skinned and ankle bruised
Percy Daniel, who lives in the country near Durham, route No 7, legs bruised and face cut
John Cameron, head cut
Charles Henry Burton, head slightly bruised
Manora Wommack, forehead and chin cut
John Calley, struck on left thigh by a beam
Ernest Thompson, legs and shoulder sprained
Emily Holmes, right leg bruised from knee down
Caroline Kezaw, right leg bruised
John Johnson, right side bruised falling on it
Will Winbush, leg bruised
Smith Cameron, right leg broken
Oscar Ford, left thigh crushed
Blanche Hall, head cut and leg broken
Katy Lawson, seriously injured about the stomach, back and hip
Hubert Kee of Lancaster, SC, bruised
Nathan Malone, leg and arm bruised
Owen McCoy, left hand mashed and face bruised
Tim Walson's Story
Tim Waldon, colored, who works in the factories of the American Tobacco Company, was one of the less severely injured of those that were brought to Charlotte and he gave one of The Observer men an account of the portion of the wreck that was around him. He says that after the first crash he was too excited to pay much attention to anything and that he struggled for some time trying to get out from under the debris before he realized that it was well-nigh impossible. All of those around him were pinned in a like manner and it was some time before the party reached them. The screams of the women mingled with the agonized groans of the injured were in themselves terrible, but the thought that was uppermost in his mind was the fear that the wreck would catch afire and burn all of those that were under the beams before they could be cut out. According to him there must have been at least fifty of these and truly if the fire had started and spread over the ruins the loss of life would have been fearful. He says that this thought evidently did not strike many for had it under the conditions there would have surely been additional confusion. After he was taken from under the wreck and placed on the ground he saw quite a number being brought by in the stretchers. Women that had relatives on the train were running up and down crying wildly for those that they knew. According to his statement some were carried to Hamlet, while still others were carried back to Durham.
Hurt in a Train Wreck
Four Residents of Washington Injured, but Not Seriously
Published in The Washington Post, Washington DC, 3 Nov 1911
L R Tindall and Three Trainmen Suffer When an SAL Engine Leaves Track Near Raleigh, NC.
Raleigh, NC Nov 2 - Seaboard Air Line through passenger train No 43, running from New York to Jacksonville, was derailed, with the exception of the engine at Merry Oaks, 20 miles west of Raleigh at 8 o'clock tonight. None of them was fatally hurt.
Among the residents of Washington reported injured are G T Cashwell, express messenger, L R Tindall, of 230 Seventh Street Northwest, M H King, mail clerk, and H L Rosswell, mail clerk.
The others reported injured are Miss N Doyle, of Quincy, Mass, Frank Strouner, of Brockton, NY, W H Pawe, Camden, SC, Mrs G W Murray, of St Petersburg, Fla, W G Thweatt, Richmond, Va, Dr F C Hoke and wife no address; Mrs H L Bruster, of Rochester, NY, Miss Sarah Long of Syracuse, NY, Mrs R W Thompson, St Petersburg, Fla, Nathan St Kaughman, of Baltimore, Md, R G Simpson, of Pittston, Pa, Miss Marie Cochran no address, H B White no address and J H Ryan, of Richmond Va.
The cause of the wreck has not been determined.
Two Are Killed When Engine Overturns
Fireman T Gales Pickard and Engineer Lose Their Lives in Wreck of No 29
Published in The Charlotte Daily Observer, Charlotte, NC, 14 Jun 1914
Danville, Va, June 14 - Engineer John Wingate of Danville, and Fireman Pickard of Southern train No 29, bound from New York to Birmingham, Ala, were killed in a derailment at Sadler, NC, about 15 miles north of here this morning.
The wreck occurred at 12:28 and was caused by the engine splitting a switch. The engine left the track and rolled down an embankment for 10 feet or more. Fireman Pickard was instantly killed and his body has not yet been recovered from beneath the wreckage. Wingate was removed from the debris badly scalded and othersiwe injured and died about 1 o'clock.
All of the coaches except the last three left the track but no passengers or other members of the crew are reported injured. A hospital corps was rushed to the scene from Reidsville, and wrecking crews sent from Monroe, Va, and Spencer.
Thirty rail lengths of track, about 900 feet, was torn up. Careful inquiry by the train officials and a trip through the train results in report that no passengers were injured. Six cars were derailed, but not turned over. Fireman Pickard was caught between engine and tender.
To Probe Train Wrecking Coroner Will Sift Facts of Spike Drawing that Killed 2 in NC
Published in The Washington Post, Washington DC, 18 Jul 1917
Charlotte, NC, July 17 - A coroner's investigation has been ordered for Wednesday morning to determine the cause of the wrecking of a Southern Railway passenger train at Caldwells Station this morning, in which two were killed and two hurt.
The dead are Fireman Ernest Keller of Barbers Junction, and J E Walker, of Statesville, a negro passenger. W E Sloan, of Statesville, a passenger, and Engineer J C Lanyoex, of Charlotte, were injured, and several passengers more or less bruised.
That the train was willfully wrecked is generally accepted. It apparently was done by drawing the spikes for a distance of several yards with tools which had been stolen from the section house at Huntersville, a mile and a half away. The tools were found hidden in a briar thicket near where the wreck occurred.
Fireman Ernest A Kestler and J E Walker, Colored Passenger, Instantly Killed-Investigation Leads to Belief That Train Was Wrecked on Purpose-Coroner HOVIS Will Hold Investigation Today-Engineer J C Lanyoux and Walter E Sloan Painfully Injured, but Will Recover-Train Was Not Running Fast
Published in The Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, NC, 18 Jul 1917
Fireman Ernest A Kestler, of Barber, and J E Walker, colored, of Charlotte, were both instantly killed when train No 26, running between Charlotte and Winston-Salem was derailed at a curve, one and one-half miles north of Huntersville on the A T & O railroad, at 5:05 o'clock Tuesday morning. The train turned over down a fifteen foot embankment. The finding of railroad tools, stolen from the tool house of the section master of the road at Huntersville, and the rail connections unbolted, with the spikes pulled up from the ties for ten feet from the connection and the rail prized out from the track, are almost convincing evidences that the wreck was purposely caused. Coroner Z A Hovis has decided to hold an inquest this morning, when the cause of the wreck will be further investigated. He visited the scene of the wreck Tuesday.
Engineer J C Lanyoux, of 315 North Graham street and Walter E Sloan, of Statesville, were painfully though not seriously injured. Engineer Lanyoux and Mr Sloan were brought to Charlotte by Dr L W Hunter, of Huntersville, Tuesday morning immediately after the wreck, and taken to the Presbyterian hospital, where an examination showed that Engineer Lanyoux was scalded about the chest, and back, and on the right arm and leg. It appears that Mr Lanyoux was also struck in the side, being bruised considerably. Mr Sloan suffered a sprained back and several cuts about the shoulder and face. Late Tuesday night they were said to be resting comfortably. Neither one is considered very seriously injured
Several Passengers Injured
Others less seriously injured were: Mail Clerk J S Shoaf, Mooresville, bruised and shocked; Dr Adam Fisher, Charlotte, cut over shoulder; Arthur G Banks, colored, Charlotte; Washington Orr, colored, Charlotte; T J Head, colored, Mooresville; Henry J Frederick, colored, Charlotte: S L Springs, colored, Charlotte; Henry Houston, colored, Charlotte; James Shepard, colored, Charlotte; Babe Ross, colored, Waynesville; Cato Thomas, colored, Charlotte; Kate Alexander; Robert Watson, colored, Charlotte; Thomas Smith, colored, Charlotte; Col S C L A Taylor; H M Johnson, colored, Paw Creek.
Those suffering minor injuries were taken in automobiles to Huntersville and Davidson, coming later to Charlotte.
The bodies of Firemen Kestler and J E Walker were brought to Charlotte in an automobile by Watt Cross, of Huntersville. Fireman Kestler's body was taken to the Z A Hovis & Son undertaking establishment. It was sent to the home of his mother in Barber Tuesday evening. Walker's body was taken to Cole's undertaking establishment.
Only Three White Passengers.
There were only three white passengers aboard, and about fifteen negroes. The white passengers were Mrs Esther Horne, of Knoxville, Tenn, Dr Adam Fisher, of Charlotte, and Walter E Sloan, of the Comptometer company, of this city, but a resident of Statesville. The train was in charge of Conductor J W Frazier, of Charlotte. He was uninjured.
First aid was rendered to those injured by Dr Adam Fisher. According to Engineer Lanyoux, Doctor Fisher did "wonderful work." Mrs Horne is said to have displayed rare presence of mind, in that when the train had turned over down the embankment, she immediately, upon finding herself uninjured, turned off the gas lights, in the coach, saying that there was danger of the car burning up. She then, with the aid of Doctor Fisher, lifted Mr Sloan, who they found injured, out of the car, placing him on the ground, where Doctor Fisher attended to his injuries.
Within a few minutes after the wreck occurred there were a large number of farmers living in that section of the country, at the scene, aiding the injured. Several farmers went to Huntersville and Davidson for medical help, while others looked after the injured.
It was necessary to take crow bars and prize broken parts of the engine off Fireman Kestler, his body being fastened under the left side of the cab, of the engine. His head and shoulders were badly crushed.
A large ditch had to dug under the center of the coach in order to reach Walker. According to negro passengers Walker was asleep with his head laying on his arm in the window. It is thought that when the train turned over, the negro slid out of the window. His head was caught in the cornice of the top of the coach. He head and body were badly crushed.
Mail Clerk Shoaf was thought at first to be dead. Rescuers breaking into the mail car to search for him, however, found the mail clerk endeavoring to break out himself. He suffered a few minor injuries.
Place of Wreck
At the place of the wreck there is an embankment about fifteen feet high, with a slight curve to the left.
The inner rails of the curve were disconnected, the train going off on the left side of the track and the inner side of the curve.
According to Engineer Lanyoux, the train was going about twenty-five miles an hour, rounding the curve, when he felt the wheels of the engine bumping on the crossties. Suddenly the engine seemed to be swerving to the left. Realizing he said that the engine was turning over, he placed his hat over his face, to keep steam from scalding him. He doesn't know whether he was thrown out of the cab, or whether he crawled out the cab window. He remembers falling against his fireman as the engine went down the embankment.
As soon as he could regain his strength, he looked about to see where his fireman was, he said. He found him pinned under the left side of the engine, with the throttle of the engine pinned tight across his breast, and a broken section across his head.
Engineer Lanyoux was given assistance by Dr Fisher and others reaching the scene. After viewing the result of the wreck he walked across a field to the main highway, about two hundred feet, where he was assisted into an automobile.
Mr Sloan said that he was lying on the rear seat of the first-class coach, endeavoring to go to sleep. The first he realized that something was wrong was when he found himself sliding from his seat. He was thrown against the top of the coach, he said.
Was Not Going Fast
The train was composed of two passenger coaches and the baggage car. From the appearance of the train, following the wreck, it could not have been going at a very fast rate of speed. For it seems that the engine wheels rolled along on the crossties for about 150 feet, after it had left the track. The engine was turned upside down. The tender and baggage car and first coach were turned over on the left side. The last coach was upside down.
The engine was badly wrecked, the cab being practically demolished, and sections on top of the boiler destroyed. Mud covered the engine, the result of steam rushing out from the bursted boiler. The three wooden coaches were not wrecked. The glass in the window panes on the upper side of the coaches was not broken, except three panes, which were smashed by persons endeavoring to help the injured out of the cars.
An inspection of the rails after the wreck left every indication, according to railway men, of having been disconnected by parties with the intent of wrecking the train.
Spikes were found pulled out for about ten feet along the disconnected rail. The bolts holding the rails together had been unscrewed and one rail prized out from the track. An investigation of the field surrounding the scene of the wreck was made and the searchers found a railroad wrench and a crow bar. It was reported that the section master of Huntersville had found the lock broken to the tool house in Huntersville and a wrench and crow bar stolen.
Much indignation was expressed by people viewing the wreck during Tuesday at the seemingly criminal act on the part of unknown parties. People living in and near Huntersville were of the opinion, during the excitement resulting from the mishap, that it was the work of German sympathizers. However, many were of changed opinions when the excitement had abated.
Thousands View Wreck
Thousands of people from Charlotte, Huntersville, Davidson and Statesville went to the scene of the wreck during Tuesday, many taking their lunches and spending a large part of the day watching the train crews repairing the broken rails. It will be several days, railway men said, before the wrecked train can be removed. However, the tracks were cleared within four hours following the wreck, so that the regular trains were not delayed.
Fireman Kestler, who was killed, is twenty-six years old and survived by his mother, two brothers and one sister, all of Barber's Junction. The body was sent to the home of his mother Tuesday night, where the funeral will probably be held today, arrangements not being made Tuesday.
J E Walker, the negro who was killed, was a school teacher and had just returned from Des Moines, Iowa, where he stood the examination for entrance into the officers training camp for negro men. He passed the examination but failed physically, his eyes being defective. He was for five years head of the printing department of Straight university, colored, of New Orleans, La. He is survived by his mother and two sisters.
An investigation of the cause of the wreck is being made by railway officials, they being confident that it was wilfully caused by unknown parties. Coroner Hovis will hold an inquest in Huntersville this morning.
The wreck of Tuesday is the second on that road resulting fatally within the last three years. Three years ago, Engineer Jonas Curlee, of Charlotte, and his fireman were killed when their train left the track near Davidson. The wreck was caused by some boys placing railroad spikes on the track.
Score Injured in Train Wreck
Southern No 20 Crashes Into Mountain of Dirt West of Noland
Published in The Abbeville Press & Banner, Abbeville, SC, 30 Jan 1922
Asheville, NC, Jan 28 - Conductor James Rickard and 28 passengers were slightly injured when Southern railway passenger train No 20 crashed into a mountain of dirt and rock that slid onto the Murphy division track, a short distance east of Noland, today.
Engineer F W Poindexter, driving the engine around a sharp curve, saw the slide coming and throwing on the emergency brake, he and Fireman Frank Pennington jumped to safety just before the pilot of the engine jammed into hundreds of tons of dirt that came crashing down the mountain side, covering the railroad track and the public highway for a considerable distance.
The injured, all citizens of Jackson and Swain counties, are:
Harrison Davis, forehead lacerated
W N Nesbit, left hip dislcoated
Conductor James Rickard, right arm and leg seriously hurt
Miss Mary West, face and teeth
G B Bradshaw, face and teeth
Charles Lockey, right eye injured
The remaining 11 sustained no serious injuries necessitating hospital attention.
A slide occurred at this same spot about a week ago and Engineer Poindexter stated that he had been watching for further trouble. This morning as his locomotive neared the place, he espied a tree moving down the mountain which warned him of the impending danger and probably served as a life saving signal to all on board the train.
The slides on the Murphy division of the Southern where the tracks parallel mountain streams and hug almost perpendicular mountain sides along the highest railroad point east of the Rockies, have been frequent during the past ten days, it is believed, as a result of heavy rainfall and swollen streams.
Two Persons Killed When Train Goes Thru Trestle
Norfolk and Southern Express Wrecked Near Greenville
Engineer and Fireman Die in Devotion to Duty
Published in the Robesonian, Lumberton, NC, 14 Jun 1926
Greenville, June 11 - Two persons were instantly killed early this morning when the east bound Norfolk Southern night express crashed through a burning trestle over Chicod creek, about 10 miles east of this city.
The dead are J R Slade, engineer, 42, Norfolk, and Bill Harrington, fireman, 30, Berkley, Va. Passengers and other members of the train crew escaped serious injuries, only two receiving minor hurts.
The entire train, with exception one Pullman coach, was precipitated through the trestle to the marshy lowland 30 feet below. Wrecking crews have continued work since early today in an effort to clear away the twisted and burned mass of wreckage and rebuilt the 150-foot span which collapsed under the burden of the engine and five coaches. Until this is accompliched all trains will be diverted to the Atlantic Coast Line tracks from this city to Parmele, thence to Washington.
The trestle is located on the center of a complete "S" curve, and the train was rounding the curve just 200 feet distant when the engineer saw smoke rising from beneath the trestle. Members of the train crew state that Mr Slade applied the emergency brakes and used every other effort to bring the train to a standstill. The entire train had almost cleared the burning span when the collapse occurred. With the exception of the Pullman which remained on the tracks every coach was completely demolished as well as burned into ashes.
A thrilling story of heroism and devotion to duty centers around the tragic death of the engineer and fireman. Both remained at their post when they knew that certain death lay beneath the screen of smoke obscuring the burning trestle. They were both thrown clear of the cab as the engine hurled through space to the lowland beneath. The bodies were caught under the tender and it required two hours to extricate the dead men. They were frightfully mangled, the body of Engineer Slade being almost severed at the waist, besides having other injuries of fatal nature.
Train - Truck Crash Fatal to Seven
Lumberton Crossing is Scene of Horror
Four More May Die; Truck Driven Into Train
Victims Riding Tobacco Truck
Published in the Burlington Daily Times News, Burlington, NC, 22 Aug 1933
Lumberton, Aug. 22 - Seven people were killed or died within a few minutes, and five others were injured, four seriously, here at 8:30 am today when a truckload of tobacco from Deep Run crashed into the side of Seaboard Air Line passenger train No 14, at the Fairmont Road crossing.
All the dead and injured were passengers on the tobacco truck.
According to the best identification obtainable from the injured, the dead are: Jessie Davenport, Louis Davenport, Wesley Davenport, Burchard Smith, Dick Harper, Walter Smith and Clyde Taylor, all from the Deep Run section. Deep Run is 10 miles from Kinston in Lenoir County.
Furnie Davenport in a very serious condition
Zeb Brown, with serious head injuries
Millard Davenport, with a gash on his face
Woodrow Taylor, head injury, probably a fracture, and a broken arm
Woodrow Taylor is in Thompson Memorial Hospital, the other injured in Baker Sanatorium
The accident occurred on the southern edge of Lumberton.
Bodies of three of the occupants were strewn along the railway track in bits for 300 yards. Two of the injured died by the time they reached the sanatorium. Two more died soon after their admittance.
Haywood Smith, driver of the truck, which had started to Fairmont with tobacco, was the least injured of any. He could remember the names of only part of those on the truck, but had names of the others on a notebook in his pocket.
Smith said his view of the train was obstructed by houses and that he did not see it until too late to prevent a collision.
Three ambulances were brought into use in hauling the dead and injured to the hospital.
Thousands of people gathered about the scene.
Captain Buck Williams, conductor of the train, signaled the engineer who brought it to a halt a short distance below the scene of the wreck. Later, the train proceeded to Wilmington.
The train operates on the Wilmington-Hamlet line.
Three members of the Davenport family were killed and two were injured. The only information available here was that one of them was the father and the rest his children and brothers.
H A Oliver, business manager of the Lumberton Robesonian, who visited the scene just after the wreck occurred, painted a picture of horror, saying "parts of three bodies were strewn all along the track. There was a head cut off, and the rest of a body farther down the line. They were literally torn to pieces."
Smith, the truck driver, also was rushed to a hospital for treatment.
He was not arrested and authorities planned no action until survivors were better able to talk.
Word also was awaited from relatives of the dead.
"The first time I glimpsed the train, it looked like the radiator of the truck was going right into the side of it," Smith, the 26-year-old driver of the tobacco truck, said from his bed at Baker sanatorium.
The train was "really balling the jack," the driver said.
He stated he was looking at a negro standing in the road waving his hand for him to stop, shortly before the tragedy occurred.
Small houses by the track obstructed the view, Smith said.
The entire party left Depp Run in Lenoir County at 4 o'clock this morning. All except Smith and Wesley Davenport were interested in the tobacco.
Revised List of Victims.
Riding with Smith in the cab were Furnine Davenport, 58, and Louis Davenport, 32, son of Furnine.
Jesse Davenport, 26, Wesley Davenport, 14, and Louis, all three, were sons of Furnine Davenport.
Walter Smith, 20, and Burchard Smith, 23, were brothers of Haywood Smith.
Woodrow Taylor, 20, one of the injured, is a brother of Clyde Taylor, 12, who was killed, Zeb Brown is 28, and Harper, 19.
The nine men and boys who were not in the cab were riding on the rear of the truck.
Furnine Davenport, the father, with a cut throat and internal injuries, was in a dying condition this afternoon.
Brown has a scalp wound and a broken left arm. Millard Davenport was cut on the head but did not sustain a fractured skull.
Haywood Smith was cut about the face and sustained a bruised leg. He will be able to leave the hospital in a day or two.
Six bodies were held at the Biggs funeral home and one at the Stephens funeral home.
The tobacco on Smith's truck was removed to the Hobgood Warehouse here.
Seventy-Nine Known Killed in Lumberton Train Crash
Workers Seeking Other Bodies With Torch
Published in The Burlington Daily Times News, Burlington, NC, 17 Dec 1943
Lumberton, Dec 17 - The toll of dead in the Southeast's worst railroad disaster mounted to 79 today, including 47 soldiers, as more bodies were located in four telescoped passenger, cars that still blocked the Atlantic Coast Line's double-track mainline from New York to Florida.
The Red Cross at Atlanta said bodies of 47 soldiers and 20 civilians had been recovered and that seven more bodies were known to be in one of the cars and five in another.
The four steel cars, stacked one on the other, were so jammed together that they were little bigger than one car is normally. The wrecking trains were able to move the pyramided coaches only six feet all night.
The double pileup of the two crack flyers produced a death list just short of that in the wreck of the Congressional Limited in Philadelphia last September when 80 persons lost their lives.
The Southeastern seaboard's worst previous train wreck occurred at Rockmart, Ga, in 1926, when 20 were killed. The biggest wreck toll in the nation's railroad history is 145 killed at Nashville, Tenn, July 9, 1918.
Workers toiled throughout the night and continued today in 12 degree weather to clear the tracks and remove the dead.
C G Sibley, vice-president of the Coast Line, today put the time of the derailment of No 91, the southbound train, at 12:50 am Northbound Train No 8 struck the derailed cars between 1:25 and 1:30 am, Sibley said, "Our information is that the fireman on Train 91 went ahead of his train to flag the northbound train, but did not succeed in stopping the train with his red lantern," the spokesman said in a statement. "He had a fuse but he stumbled and fell and it brake and he used his lantern."
"The engineer on No. 8 evidently did not see the fireman's signal. We understand that the sleet and snowstorm was still in progress at that time. The flagman on 91 went back to protect trains following on the southward track."
"A formal investigation will be held to develop the facts with respect to the action of the crews of both trains."
Earlier, the toll of dead - 48 servicemen and 21 civilians - was announced by Atlantic Coast Line railroad headquarters at Wilmington. Upwards of 50 persons were injured, many seriously.
Enough of the mass of telescoped cars and twisted rails was expected to be moved today to permit resumption of normal traffic.
Some civilians dead were still unidentified. Witnesses said a few victims were so dismembered it would be difficult to establish identity.
Names of the soldier dead were withheld pending notification of kin.
A broken rail, ACL Officials said, caused the first wreck -- the derailment of three coaches of the Florida-bound Tamiami West Coast Champion. One person, First Lt Roy A Griffin, a student chaplain at Harvard university, was killed in this wreck.
This was at 12:50 am. Some 35 minutes later the northbound Tamiami East Coast Champion ploughed into the derailed coaches of the first train.
Magazine publisher William Wood, a passenger on the first train and eye-witness of the second wreck, said five cars of the northbound train "leaped the track and folded together like an accordion."
"It was like a bad dream, filled with screams, and in the dark you couldn't see what had happened," he added. He told of an expectant mother, whose legs and thighs were badly mangled and who kept saying, "I won't lose my baby, God help me, I won't."
"She had more spunk than I've ever seen in a woman before," he said. "After a doctor came up and examined her and gave her a sedative, and told her that her baby would be born. "Thank God," she said.
First arrivals at the scene told of the injured crying "Shoot me!" "Kill me!" and begging for help and water.
The trains were crowded with holiday travelers. Scattered about the wreck were packages in Christmas wrappings, Army blouses, Marine coats, and broken Christmas toys. One spectator reported seeing a white satin dress and white veil, evidently the wedding dress of some passenger.
After the first derailment, some of the passengers built bonfires of newspapers to stop two southbound freight trains. They frantically endeavored by the same means to warn the northbound engineer, without succeeding.
Many of the service men were en route to their homes for the holidays. Those who were not injured pitched in and helped in the rescue work and declined to board a relief train sent from Florence, SC.
From army bases in the area, ambulances, wrecking crews, doctors, nurses and medical units sped to the scene before dawn. Laurinburg-Maxton Air Base sent a detachment of 40 men with acetylene torches and jacks, and it was their work which opened the way for the rescue of many trapped under the steel wreckage.
One railroad official said an automatic warning device on the parallel track did not operate when the southbound train's three cars were derailed because the cars did not fall over completely on the second track, and consequently failed to set off the signal.
Of the injured, 15 were taken to a Fayetteville hospital, 30 to Lumberton hospitals, several to a Florence, SC, hospital and the injured service men were taken to base hospitals at Laurinburg-Maxton Air Base.
The total killed in this accident was 72.
This is a partial listing of the fatalities. I am working on completing this list.
Pvt Francis W Bonenfant, Lowell, Mass
Mrs Grace Bonenfant, his wife
Wilson Caddell, USN
Mr and Mrs Fred Caddell, Bonncau, SC
Staff Sgt Nelson F Vaillancourt, 29, Lowell, Mass
Mrs Theresa Vaillancourt, 24, his wife
Catherine Vaillancourt, 7 weeks, their daughter
USNR John S Baker III, Worcester, Mas
Ships Cook Third Class Raymond Letourneau, Providence, RI
Sergt Kendall Wilson and his wife, Holyoke, Mass
Miss Winifred Gilmore, 28, Cleveland, O
Mrs Mary C Raleigh, Cleveland, O
Clarence H Low, 22, Pottstown, Pa
Corp Eugene Brant, Bakersville, Pa
George Spindel, 54, Long Island, NY
First Lt Roy A Griffin, Student Chaplain, of Harvard University
Pfc Julius Stein, West Palm Beach, Fla
Mrs Jean E Stein, his wife
Miss Mary Theresa Minlogh, Framingham, Mass
Carolina Truck-Train Crash Fatal to Nine, Man Injured
Published in The Progress-Index, Petersburg, VA, 11 Jul 1965
Maxton, NC - An Atlantic Coast Line railroad freight train struck a pickup truck near this southeastern North Carolina town Saturday, killing nine of the 10 persons in the truck.
The accident occurred at a high-banked rural crossing about 2 1/2 miles southeast of Laurinburg near the South Carolina line.
Mangled bodies were strewn over the track.
Several hours later, Jerry Lee Davis, 23, of Newton, NC, was killed when his car was struck by an ACL freight train at a crossing near Pembroke, NC, 10 miles south of the Maxton wreck scene. Davis was alone.
Mangled bodies were strewn over the track at the wreck near Maxton.
Two of the dead were members of the Red Hill Blue Devils, a Lumbee Indian sandlot baseball team from the Red Hill community in Robeson County.
The team was en route to a game at Bowmore, 11 miles from Maxton.
The other victims were spectators accompanying the team whose other members had gone in two cars. All the victims were of Rt 3, Maxton.
The lone survivor, Angus Blue, 31, was driving the truck which he owned. He was taken to a Laurinburg hospital in critical condition with head and chest injuries.
The dead players were Cecil Locklear, 21, and Eddie Jacobs.
The other victims were identified as:
Jesse Clark, 46, his wife, Elizabeth Clark, 42
Howard Locklear, 34, his wife Viola Locklear, 28
Marlen Blue, 12, and his cousin, Roy Blue, 9
Hethrow Lowery, 42
The wreck occurred about a mile from a filling station where the two players and other victims were picked up.
The truck was behind the two cars which continued for some distance before noticing the truck was no longer in sight.
Robeson County police said the truck apparently did not stall on the track but pulled into the path of the train. They said apparently there were no eyewitnesses to the accident.
Robert Collins, 29, who was to have umpired the game, said he declined to make the trip in the truck because he said it was overloaded. He stayed behind and later helped identify the victims.
Highway Patrolman J E Powell said the truck was knocked about 45 feet from the point of impact and that bodies were strewn 50 to 300 feet along the track from the crossing.
He quoted Hugh Gross Merriman, 43, engineer of the Atlantic Coast Line train of two cars, an engine and a caboose, as saying he saw the car just a moment before the wreck.
The train was headed down a slight grade. Merriman estimated the truck was going about 40 miles per house when it approached the crossing.
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