Joseph H. Sands in Wreck at Altoona, 9/12/1878

NW Mailing List nw-mailing-list at
Mon Mar 21 19:51:24 EDT 2011

Joseph H. Sands was the top operating man on the N&W in the late 1880s and 1890s.

Here is a link to an article which appeared in the Altoona Tribune on September 13, 1878, detailing a collision at Altoona the previous day. Joseph H. Sands is listed as the Yardmaster aboard the train, but I believe he was the Trainmaster. A year of so after the wreck, he began working for the Shenandoah Valley Construction Company, which somehow became the Shenandoah Valley Railroad.

I will leave it to the readers to figure out what a "trackometer car" was !

-- abram burnett
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <>

More information about the NW-Mailing-List mailing list