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The head brakeman was riding in the tender doghouse and was found walking in
a daze near the front of the engine. He told me some about the incident,
but I didn't have enough sense at that time to ask him for more details.
The 2114 had been reported with injector problems on its westward trip to
Clare. Some fishermen fishing under a trestle west of Eastwood reported
being soaked by water as the engine passed, evidently overflow that wasn't
being picked up by the injector. I don't remember whether the water pump
was OK or not; evidently it was not, because that should have been the
primary water supplier while working on the road.
The engineer was a noted low-water man and seemed to want to continue to be
on an engine with known injector and water pump problems.
There was a telegraph pole in the vicinity which had a short length of pipe
with a 45-degree ell on the end of it sticking out, a souvenir of the power
of steam. I noted it every trip past Eastwood when I was riding on the
south side of an engine.
Ed King - ARFE Portsmouth, 1962-1965.
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Subject: 2144 explosion
Some details from the ICC report on the 2114 explosion by Eastwood, Ohio.
The force of the explosion tore the boiler from the chassis; tore the
interior and exterior firebox sheets away from the shell section of boiler.
The boiler shell was blown upward and descended 130 feet forward and 6 feet
south of the track with the combustion chamber end down, depressing a hole 6
feet deep in the embankment; the boiler bounded forward, striking the
smokebox section on the rails, then rebounded, coming to rest headed east at
an angle approximately 45 degrees to the track with the smokebox end 275
feet forward from point of accident and 16 feet north of center line of
track. The roof sheet with left side wrapper sheet and upper section of
boiler back head attached was blown forward 475 feet and 46 feet north of
center line of track; the rear section of crown sheet with a section of the
door sheet and major portions of the side sheets attached was blown 62 feet
rearward and 30 feet north of the center line of track; part of right side
wrapper sheet was blown 675 feet f
orward and 234 feet north of center line of track; the lower section of the
boiler back head extending below the arch tube plugs was blown 130 feet
forward and 212 feet north of center line of track; the lower section of the
smokebox was badly distorted and torn approximately 40 percent through its
lower rear circumference; the smokebox front was blown 573 feet forward and
37 feet north of center line of track. The cab was blown rearward 557 feet
and 72 feet north of center line of track. Various other parts were found
within a radius of 600 feet from the point of explosion. The chassis of the
locomotive with tender attached moved forward about 385 feet and came to a
stop with all of the wheels of locomotive and tender derailed. The first
three stock cars of the train, loaded with hogs, were derailed; one of these
was turned over and the other two were slewed on their trucks.
The engineer's body was found in a field 530 feet west and 127 feet south of
the point of explosion. The fireman's body was found in a field 112 feet
west and 200 feet north of the point of accident.
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