March 15, 2009

Derailment on Feb 6, 1863

There was a flurry of train orders for 6 Feb, 1863 when the Locomotive Fury derailed on a broken rail. According to the message traffic it took three other locos to pull it back on to the track. Here are some of the telegraph messages (some are train orders) from that day. The Victor, Wentz, Osceola and Leach are other USMRR locomotives on the Aquia Line at the time. Note that many messages are addressed, W.W.W. and no it was not an internet URL 150 years ahead of time! W. W. Wright was the railroad superintendent.

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