Re: First accident on the NCNG
- Nice work!! I am making copys of these articles for my collection of NCNGRR memorabilia.Thanks to allLeRoy Glissman
--- On Tue, 12/22/09, Andrew Brandon <andrew.brandon@...> wrote:
From: Andrew Brandon <andrew.brandon@...>
Subject: <NevadaCoNG> First accident on the NCNG
Date: Tuesday, December 22, 2009, 10:25 AMI have been slowly working my way through the Grass Valley Union for
the years of 1875 to 1876. My prime goal is to flush out the early
history of the road and build a timeline. While reading through I've
found some fascinating anecdotes and other items relating to the
construction of the railroad. The Union at the time seemed to be a big
supporter of the railroad in Grass Valley, I have suspicion that the
editor at the time was a bit of a railfan himself as not only does he
go through lengths to help the railroad sell its shares, it chastises
people for making late payments, corrects other local papers on their
innacuracies and for the most part gives the best reports on the
railroads progress. Other papers such as the Nevada Transcript or the
North San Juan Times approach the coming of the railroad with a bit of
skepticism, the latter paper often spread inaccuracies about the
railroad, or suggested the residents of the "Ridge" (North San Juan
area as it is still called today) use stage services down to
Marysville rather than the expensive railroad.
One of the more interesting things I've found is what I believe to be
the very first accident on the Nevada County Narrow Gauge, this
accident occurred during construction. I figured I would share this
accident with the group. Further news articles will be posted on
www.pacificng. com under the NCNG section in the future.
Grass Valley Daily Union
June 1st, 1875.
Accident On The Railroad.- A day or two ago, a man named Frank
Castigan, a boss on the narrow gauge, working on the Greenhorn
approach to the tunnel, was severely injured by a blast. It seems that
two holes had been put down to blast the bank, which were charged with
giant powder cartridges. The holes were close together and were both
fired at once, and Castigan supposing, from the report, that both had
exploded approached the bank to observe the effect, when a second
explosion took place, throwing the rock and dirt upon him and knocking
him down. It was supposed for the time that the sight of his right eye
was destroyed, but he was immediately taken to Sacramento, for medical
treatment, by Mr. Turton, the contractor, who since reports that there
is a good chance to save the injured eye.
Another interesting article I found related to the Depot site in Grass
Valley. I was hoping for a news mention of the site being chosen,
sadly I did not find one. The scans of the paper I have been reading
from are only partially readable and I have encountered many issues
which have been completely unreadable. I am confident that further
research at the library will turn up the announcement of the site
being chosen. For now the first reference to the Bennett St. site is
Grass Valley Daily Union
June 4th. 1875.
Depot Grounds.- The work of removing the buildings on Bennett street
is commenced. Henry Stevens has removed Bishop's house, on the corner
of Bennett and Cemetery streets, out of the way, and is at work moving
the residence of the late C. F. Heney(?) forward. As soon as this is
done the house now occupied by Edwin James will either be demolished
or moved, as it occupies a portion of the ground that will be needed
for the depot. Mr. Stevens informs us that he will have six or seven
more carpenters at work to-morrow.
- Andrew (and a couple more of us) are collecting articles and documents on a number of California
and Pacific Rim narrow gauges on a new web site at www.pacificng.com We have the somewhat ambious
goal of placing all the original source documents, Newspaper articles, RR Commission reports,
locomotive specification sheets, photos, etc... Andrew is currently working on NCNG... I am
working on several, but primary on the San Joaquin and Sierra Nevada, South Pacific Coast and
Baldwin 4-4-0's, while Craig Hoefer is working on the North Pacific Coast and on maps
We are jointly working on paint...
Anything from your collection would be welcome.
on lineOn Tue, 22 Dec 2009 10:44:53 -0800 (PST)
RAYMOND GLISSMAN <corkcrafter@...> wrote:
> Nice work!! I am making copys of these articles for my collection of NCNGRR memorabilia.
> Thanks to all
> LeRoy Glissman