Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A Train in a Snowdrift

New York, 1895

When a quarter of a mile east of Southhold Tuesday morning the early Greenport express, bound for Long Island City, butted into a nine-foot snowdrift. The train came to a standstill with a shock, and the locomotive was thrown from the track.

The passengers were shaken up. The pilot of the locomotive was bent double and the air brakes were wrecked, while the forward truck of the passenger car next to the locomotive was also badly shattered. The thermometer was 5 degrees above zero. It took three hours to clear away the drift and get the train back on the track.

—The Long Island Farmer, Jamaica, NY, Feb. 8, 1895, p. 1.

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