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The Angola HorrorThe 1867 Train Wreck That Shocked the Nation and Transformed American Railroads$
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Charity Vogel

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449086

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449086.001.0001

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(p.89) Chapter 7 Breaking
The Angola Horror

Charity Vogel

Cornell University Press

This chapter narrates how the New York Express derailed as it neared the Big Sister Creek bridge just east of Angola at 3:11 P.M. The train ran over the frog connected to the main line, and passengers in the coach cars did not see the plume of grit rise into the air behind the rear wheels. James Mahar rushed down the track bed, running as fast as he could in the wake of the train, and witnessed the rear car rise and then drop, followed by a plume of gravel and ice. Mahar knew that a derailment was about to happen as he watched the back of the train, which seemed to increase speed as it pulled away. The rear truck of the last car was certainly off the rail, but the train was still moving.

Keywords:   derailment, New York Express, Big Sister Creek bridge, Angola, coach cars, James Mahar

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