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Accident on the Western Maryland Railroad


Illustration of an of an eye-witness view to a train accident on the Western Maryland Railroad that occurred on the farm land of Elhanan Englar near New Windsor in Carroll County, Maryland, at eight o' clock in the morning on August 5, 1863. A heavy rain the day before had weakened the masonry supporting the bridge, which gave way just after the engine had crossed. The only casualty was the conductor, Samuel Andrews. The wooden passenger coach was badly damaged. Repairs were made by 2 wrecking crews from the Bolton Yards in Baltimore and traffic was resumed two days later. During the interval, mail was sent by hand car from the Relay House at Elkridge and loaded on a car at the western end of the break.




Watercolor on paper


6 3/4 H x 10 1/4 W inches

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Gift of George B. Englar through Louis H. Dielman

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