The Late Collision - Providence & Worcester R.R., August 12, 1853

Summary

Accidents were frightfully common on American railroads in the mid-19th century. Cheap construction, primitive equipment, poor signaling, and uncoordinated timekeeping all contributed to the problem. This illustration shows a wreck on the Providence & Worcester Railroad in 1853. Two passenger trains failed to meet at a passing siding as scheduled. They collided head-on, killing 13 and seriously injuring 30 more.

Accidents were frightfully common on American railroads in the mid-19th century. Cheap construction, primitive equipment, poor signaling, and uncoordinated timekeeping all contributed to the problem. This illustration shows a wreck on the Providence & Worcester Railroad in 1853. Two passenger trains failed to meet at a passing siding as scheduled. They collided head-on, killing 13 and seriously injuring 30 more.

Artifact

Print (Visual work)

Date Made

August 1853

Subject Date

12 August 1853

Creators

Unknown

Place of Creation

United States, New York, New York 

Collection Title

Seymour Dunbar Collection 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

82.129.1235

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Wood engraving (Process)

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 11 in

Width: 14 in

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