Train Wreck Story 19 historic rail disasters 1833-1958 Dust Jacket by Griswold

Train Wreck Story 19 historic rail disasters 1833-1958 Dust Jacket by Griswold

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Train Wreck Story 19 historic rail disasters 1833-1958 Dust Jacket by Griswold
Train Wreck The story of 19 historic rail disasters 1833 - 1958  By Wesley Griswold Dust Jacket Copyright 1969  150 Pages
by Wesley S. Griswold tells in sixteen vivid narratives the story of nineteen appallingly destructive wrecks that spurred the invention or adoption and enforcement of railway safety devices and rules.
First is an 1833 derailment causing the first passenger fatalities on the railroad record. John Quincy Adams was aboard, and Cornelius Vanderbilt, who was so seriously hurt that he bore a traumatic grudge against railroads for 30 years thereafter!
The author goes on to describe what happened in other historic instances of trains out of control, of open draws and buckling spans, of signals unseen or mistaken, of human error and mechanical failure through 125 years of railroad passenger service in America, concluding with a 1958 mystery-the as yet baffling plunge of a Jersey Central commuter train through an open drawbridge into Newark Bay on a bright September morning.
The book divides about equally between the 19th and 20th centuries, reminding us that even with dependable and seemingly foolproof safety systems on guard, the horrifying cry of "train wreck!" may still stop our hearts and rivet our attention.

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