According to Earl Conser's album this wreck occurred at Bridge 146 in February 1901. This image seems to match the account of a wreck on February 16, 1901 reported in The Dalles Chronicle. Apparently heavy rains caused a major landslide in the Gorge at Bridal Veil, and this locomotive and caboose were headed to lend assistance when they fell through as a fill bridge failed, possibly because of the same rainfall.
Hopefully the rainfall we're expecting today and tomorrow don't produce a similar scenario.
Oooh! Amazing that there were serious injuries but no deaths.
Not a fun photo for Arlen.
Thirteen miles west of The Dalles. By the scenery across the river, should be able to almost pinpoint the exact location.
L.E. on 17th January 2017 @ 8:15am
With the tender crushing the cab seems engineer and fireman would both be mangled. The caboose crew would probably have been down near the stove rather than in the crushed cupola with no train to watch, and the conductor normally at his desk in the rear ~
Kenn on 17th January 2017 @ 11:39am
I'm also surprised there were no fatalities. I wonder if they were going slowly or had some warning so they could get clear of the crush zone.
Arthur on 17th January 2017 @ 11:43am
I have googled a lot of "train engine" pages, searching for some information about this poor engine, but have come up with nothing.
Wish I knew something about it.
L.E. on 24th January 2017 @ 9:03am