Historic Pelham

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Pelhamville Train Wreck of 1885 Continued . . .

Those who read the Historic Pelham Blog know that I recently began a series of postings that transcribe news articles that appeared following the train wreck that occurred in Pelhamville in late December 1885. See:

Monday, September 24, 2007: The Pelhamville Train Wreck of 1885

Tuesday, September 25, 2007: More About The Pelhamville Train Wreck of 1885

Today's posting transcribes a brief item that appeared in The New York Times on January 6, 1886. That item reads as follows:


Engineer Riley Phillips had not sufficiently recovered from his injuries to be present last night at the inquest touching the death of Fireman Eugene Blake in the accident at Pelhamville on the New-York, New-Haven and Hartford Railroad on Dec. 27. Coroner Tice and his eight jurors listened to the evidence of John E. Fuller and Franklin M. Cogill, Supervisors of Bridges, in the employ of the railroad, who testified that the platform which was blown by the gale across the track had been firmly built on poles, and that the sleepers had been pinned down by five-inch iron spikes. The planking had been repaired in February, 1885, and the posts were then found in good condition. A colored coachman, John T. Kiar, told how he passed the station just before the accident, and saw the obstruction on the track. The inquest will be continued on Jan. 16 at 5 o'clock P.M."

Source: Westchester, N. Y. Times, Jan. 6, 1886, p. 8.

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