road crossing accidents during age of steam

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Mon Jun 19 19:02:12 EDT 2017

When I was growing up in Rural Retreat,Va, we live on Buck Ave which is on a hill overlooking the train tracks. I was out back and heard the steam train coming from the east. It hit a car carrying some ladies from the sewing factory in town. I don't remember the year. Late 50's or early 60's. I know there were fatalities but don't remember other details. Maybe someone has a record of it. 

David Hall 
San Antonio TX 
Formerly Rural Retreat 

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> On Jun 19, 2017, at 3:59 PM, NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at> wrote:
> I was thinking about a picture I saw a few years ago of one of the A class lying on it's side after a road-crossing accident. It made me think of something I've always wondered about, which is how often did that happen in the age of steam, and how often would a locomotive be derailed? What would the engine crew do during the accident; could they just hang on until everything quit moving? How frequent were fatalities from such an accident? 
> Thanks,
> Mike Weeks 
> Seattle
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