GR&I head on near Cadillac MI with Vandalia Car

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GR&I head on near Cadillac MI with Vandalia Car

Post by Notch 8 » Sun Dec 20, 2020 11:36 am

Hastily way to unload a boxcar of vegetables.. A Vandalia car to boot !
This head-on collision between a passenger train and a freight train on the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad occurred two miles north of Missaukee Junction on September 22, 1901. Killed were crewmen Fred Zimmerman and Hiram Witkop. Injured were crewmen J. B. Dart and Fred Volkert and a passenger.
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Re: GR&I head on near Cadillac MI with Vandalia Car

Post by Wayne Gest » Sun Dec 20, 2020 10:15 pm

Wonder if that Michigan Central stock car had any passengers.

You don't have to read very far in any old newspaper of that era to find a train wreck with fatalities. Such a hazardous job

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Re: GR&I head on near Cadillac MI with Vandalia Car

Post by rrnut282 » Sat Dec 26, 2020 3:57 pm

DOT records started around 1910. So no luck looking for details there.
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Re: GR&I head on near Cadillac MI with Vandalia Car

Post by Wayne Gest » Sun Dec 27, 2020 3:18 pm

Sebewaing Blade, September 28, 1901:
https://www.newspapers.com/clip/66162925/gri-wreck/

I'm not certain that others will be able to see this. If not, I'll see what I can do.

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Re: GR&I head on near Cadillac MI with Vandalia Car

Post by rrnut282 » Tue Jan 05, 2021 11:47 am

The Achilles Heel of TimeTable and TrainOrder operations: oops I forgot about that one.

Not only did you have to worry about the safe operation of your train, you had to be aware of every other train out there and prepare to run in the "gaps" of the schedule. Even if it was running late. And that is just the trains on the time table. Extra trains could be added at any time to complicate how and when you could proceed down the line. One moment of distraction/forgetfulness and things got ugly, quickly.

If the newspaper account is correct, the engineer did not even have a written notice of the extra train. Every one on that crew was responsible to remind him and/or stop the train if it was headed into danger (past a meeting point) according to investigations carried out after 1930. Not sure if that rule applied then or not. You would think self-preservation would kick in at some point.
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