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Bad Day at Back Bay Station

Back in 2007, Ed Sweeney on the NHRHTA Forum reported:
<BR>"At 8:40 am (on January 10, 1948) at Back Bay what was termed a "derailment" by the official ICC investigation occurred on inbound track 4 when Train 506, a four-car passenger local headed by Pacific 1383, jumped the track on the extremely 10 degree sharp curve entering the Back Bay Station. The ICC report said the cause was excessive speed in excess of 35mph. The engine, tender and two cars left the track, the engine practically sliding some 118 feet for a total length of almost 300 feet beyond the point of derailment. The student engineer who was on the engine was killed. The engineer, the fireman and two brakemen were among the 156 people injured. The engine became wedged under the station, its cab demolished, and had to be cut apart to be removed after the supports holding the station above were virtually rebuilt as several were destroyed by the force of the derailed train. The report blamed the accident on speed exceeding 35 mph entering the curve under the station".

Photographed by Leslie Jones Collection - Boston Public Library, January 10, 1948.
Added to the photo archive by Ron DeFilippo, February 20, 2022.
Railroad: New Haven.

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Wow! Almost the exact same thing happened in December 1990 with Amtrak's Night Owl entering the curve into the new Back Bay station tunnel at 76mph with a student engineer at the throttle. #66 derailed into an MBTA train and 453 people were injured but fortunately no one was killed. Unsurprisingly, the student engineer (on his 3rd run on the route) and supervising engineer were both fired.,_Massachusetts_train_collisio

Posted by John Barlow on 2022-02-21 09:04:45

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