Jul 17, 2012

The Great Train Wreck of 1856

(Wikipedia) The Great Train Wreck of 1856 occurred between Camp Hill and Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, on July 17, 1856. Two trains, traveling on the same track in opposite directions, collided, killing between 59 and 67, and injuring over 100.The incident was referred to as "The Camp Hill Disaster" in Montgomery County, and "The Picnic Train Tragedy" in the city of Philadelphia. It was the worst railroad catastrophe in the world up to that time and became one of the signature events of its era. Continued