2/24/67 - TOLL GATE, WV

Discussion relating to the B&O up to it's 1972 merger into Chessie System. Visit the B&O Railroad Historical Society for more information. Also discussion of the C&O up to 1972. Visit the C&O Historical Society for more information. Also includes the WM up to 1972. Visit the WM Historical Society for more information.
shlustig
Posts: 1585
Joined: Sat Mar 13, 2004 9:11 am

2/24/67 - TOLL GATE, WV

Post by shlustig » Sat Feb 24, 2018 10:57 am

Located on the Monongah Division between Grafton and Parkersburg, 60 miles west of Grafton. Single-track with TCS rules.

At about 6:30AM Train #31 ("National Limited") with 4 units (F7, 2GP-9's, E8) and 5 cars [1 bag, 1 combine, 2 coaches, 1 Pullman-Obs) at 43 mph on a 6@-curve just before a bridge over the North Fork of the Hughes River.

Outside rail on the curve overturned and entire consist derailed. Engines and head 2 cars remained upright and inline, 2 coaches overturned, rear car went down a 35' embankment and into the river. 4 fatalities and 50 reported injuries.

Speed limit on the curve was 45 mph. FRA Report faulted the B&O for failure to maintain the track for the speed limit.

hutton_switch
Posts: 218
Joined: Sat Mar 13, 2004 6:41 pm
Location: Feasterville Trevose, PA

Re: 2/24/67 - TOLL GATE, WV

Post by hutton_switch » Sat Feb 24, 2018 3:20 pm

One of the volumes in the Morning Sun Books all-color photo series books by Bob Withers contains photos taken by him of this accident.
Wade Rice
Member, B&O RR Historical Society
http://www.borhs.org
Daniel Willard (1860-1942) and Jervis Langdon, Jr. (1905-2004) - Two of B&O's best presidents and managers!
President Leonor Loree (1858-1940) brought the B&O into the 20th century!

D Alex
Posts: 170
Joined: Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:15 pm

Re: 2/24/67 - TOLL GATE, WV

Post by D Alex » Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:46 am

I know that by 1967, passenger rail was seriously degraded, but I'm a little surprised at the rather motley collection of locomotives that B&O used. I thought that at least they tried to keep appearances up.

Return to “Baltimore & Ohio/Chesapeake & Ohio/Western Maryland”