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1954   DERAILMENT   AT   NEW   HYDE   PARK

TWELVE SCANS OF 50 YEAR OLD,   FADED BOX CAMERA SNAPSHOTS




FEBRUARY 4,   1954
TRAIN NUMBER 524 ENGINE 2007 HAD PASSED FLORAL PARK AND THE GREENPORT FREIGHT L63 WAS WEST OF NEW HYDE PARK BEHIND H10s NUMBER NUMBER 108.   A HOPPER CAR DERAILED FOULING NUMBER TWO (EASTBOUND) TRACK AND CAUSING FOLLOWING CARS TO LEAVE THE RAILS.   ENGINEER CECIL CRAFT OF THE EASTBOUND OYSTER BAY TRAIN BROUGHT HIS EQUIPMENT TO A RAPID STOP,  BRUSHING THE HOPPER CAR AND DERAILING THE FRONT TRUCK OF HIS FAIRBANKS MORSE "C-LINER".





BY THE TIME ART HAD WALKED THERE FROM MINEOLA THE HOPPER CAR HAD BEEN RERAILED AND WRECKING CRANE 197 (THE HOOK) HAD BEEN BROUGHT TO MINEOLA VIA THE HEMPSTEAD BRANCH AND RUN WEST ON NUMBER TWO TRACK.   HERE THE HOOK IS APPROACHING.


FIRST THE HACK (CABIN CAR) WAS RERAILED





THE 108, AND POSSIBLY THE FREIGHT CARS WHICH HAD NOT DERAILED,   WENT WEST - THEN THE H10s RETURNED ON NUMBER TWO TRACK TO RETRIEVE THE THREE PASSENGER CARS.   HERE THEY CAN BE SEEN IN THE DISTANCE.


THE TRACK AND THIRD RAIL DEPARTMENTS REPAIRED THE DAMAGE



THE CULPRIT

THE HOPPER CAR THAT DERAILED CAN BE SEEN NEXT TO THE FIRST COACH AND 108'S TENDER.




THIS BOX CAR WAS ROLLED ONTO ITS SIDE AND MOVED SOUTH OF THE RIGHT OF WAY.
SEE THE NEXT AND THE LAST PHOTOS.


THERE'S ART ON THE ROOF OF THE BUILDING




THIS BOX CAR WAS NEARLY INSIDE THE BUILDING NORTH OF THE TRACKS.





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