Photograph of the wreck of the Boston and Maine train #302

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Date: November 13, 1954

Object number: A.2009-49

Medium: paper; photo-emulsion

Description: Wreckage of Boston & Maine train #302, the Red Wing, just outside the Nashua, New Hampshire train station. The train had been traveling at a high rate of speed and derailed on a curve entering the station. The locomotives derailed, hitting freight cars on an adjacent siding as they moved. A female passenger was killed, and 53 others injured in the wreck. Among the injured was one of the Railway Post Office clerks, who was pinned under tables and furnishings in the mail car. That car, visible in the center of the photograph, landed on its roof. National Postal Museum, Curatorial Photographic Collection Photographer: Unknown

Place: United States of America
     New Hampshire

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    Catch Me Now Photography

    • 20/Oct/2009 01:20:29

    Thanks for posting this

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    • 23/Nov/2009 04:07:31

    Somebody please make this an album cover

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    • 09/Feb/2012 23:29:59

    This photo may have been from a series shot by Nashua Telegraph photographer Michael Shalhoup.

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    Smithsonian Institution

    • 22/Feb/2012 18:30:56

    Thank you for the suggestion, ddillaby! I'll be in touch with my colleagues at National Postal Museum, so they may investigate further. Sincerely, Susannah Smithsonian Institution Archives

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    • 07/Nov/2012 21:43:19

    When adding this interesting photo to the Clerestory Coaches (Railways) Group, as only the picture owner can do this, please kindly geotag, where possible, to identify the location of this picture, for the benefit of many of the world wide members! In case of need see this set, ideally run as a slideshow. Many thanks.