More Fonda Wreck Photos
- Sorry if this shows up more than once but my posts have not been
getting through lately - third try on this one.
I just posted two more photos which I received today
of the 1947 NYC derailment. Checked the archives and
found the Mohawk Valley Democrat (Fonda weekly paper)
from 7/24/47. The wreck was, of course, the lead
"Fonda Was Scene of Bad Freight Wreck"
"Worst Wreck of Kind on New York Central Tied Up All
Four Tracks 33 Cars Crumpled Up When Locomotive Hits
Small Work Car and is Derailed in Front of Station
Property Damage Was Large But Only Injury was to
Engineer Whose Wrist was Broken"
The main details of the story are as Charlie said.
The story notes that that the small workcar which the
eastbound freight struck was carrying an air
compressor and was located just opposite the FJ&G
turntable when the collision occured. Derailing cars
from the eastbound struck the cars of a westbound
local freight, causing 5 boxcars to derail to the
south and block the other tracks. 24 of the 33 cars
involved were carrying coal, with 1500 tons ending up
on the ground. Two work trains were sent from Albany
and Utica for the cleanup, which was completed by the
following Tuesday night. An estimated 25,000 people
were in Fonda on Friday to view the scene, and 20
railroad police were assigned to crowd control. The
story notes that the FJ&G diesel was tied up in the
Fonda freightyard by the wreck and wasn't freed until
the following Wednesday.