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Just When You Think You’ve Seen It All…..

A steam locomotive is shown below, that has crashed thru the back wall of the engine house in this photo captioned as being from Hartford, Connecticut. A crew has built up cribbing under the engine so that it can be jacked up to get it in back in the house.

There is a widely circulated photo of a similar event where a locomotive crashed thru the wall of a second floor depot siding to the street below.

I am confidant a train enthusiast will be able to tell us the brand and approximate year of the engine.

5 responses to “Just When You Think You’ve Seen It All…..

  1. Indeed, a train enthusiast takes the bait! That could well have been Hartford, CT, predominantly served by the New Haven RR (it’s abbreviated name). New Haven RR engines in the 1890 – 1905 era had various features very much like what we see in the photo. The loco’s headlight was knocked off, but the rest is surprisingly intact. It’s hard to guess at the engine’s maker, but estimating the time period is easier. Another thing easy to guess is that whomever was running the engine had a heck of a scare, not to mention anyone in the street below!

  2. If in Hartford CT it would probably be on the New York New Haven & Amp; Hartford RR (New Haven).
    I would guess late 1890s for the era. Locomotive may be a Ten Wheeler or a Mogul. Not sure of the builder.
    These kinds of mishaps occurred occasionally, more often by falling into turntable pits.

  3. Whoops, I will bet somebody was called “to stand on the carpet” for that one.

    “to stand on the carpet” in railroad parlance meant you had to go to the old man’s office and stand in front of his desk holding your hat with both hands in front of yourself while starring at the carpet because you can’t look the bugger in the eye. If your lie was good enough to amuse him (worthy of a real railroad man) you probably still had your job and all was forgiven.

  4. There were/are lots of roundhouses with patchwork in the back walls as a result of events like this. But the tracks in most most such facilities weren’t usually this far above the ground behind the wall.

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