Disastrous Train Wreck

Disastrous Train Wreck (HM183J)

Location: Hartford, VT 05001 Windsor County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 40.907', W 72° 23.64'

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At 2:10 AM on February 5, 1887 the last car of The Montreal Express derailed causing three cars to fall from the bridge and crash on the ice of the White River 43 feet below. Embers from the coal stoves ignited the spilled oil of the lanterns and fire consumed the wreckage. Twenty-five passengers and 5 crew members perished. As a direct result of the wreck, oil lanterns and coal stoves were abolished on railroad trains, and electric lights and steam heat were adopted.
HM NumberHM183J
Year Placed2012
Placed ByVermont Division for Historic Preservation
Marker Condition
10 out of 10 (1 reports)
Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 5:25pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 710050 N 4839830
Decimal Degrees43.68178333, -72.39400000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 40.907', W 72° 23.64'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 40' 54.42" N, 72° 23' 38.40" W
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Area Code(s)802
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2591 Central Vermont Rlwy, Hartford VT 05001, US
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Very interesting piece of history. The next time I am thru this area I will get a picture.

Mar 10, 2018 at 4:50pm PST by springerlisa

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