2144 explosion (NW Mailing List)
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Fri Apr 5 09:14:15 EDT 2019
The report Jeff posted sounds about right. I have a detailed report
of this somewhere here, given to me by the late Tom Dressler of
Portsmouth, Ohio. He was a N&W historical society member. This
section of railroad is on an eastbound grade by the way. Tom sent me
a photo and stated that back in the 80's he had taken the photo and it
showed a pipe stuck in the side of a telephone poll near the location
of the explosion. I don't know if it is still there or not. There is
an Eastwood road that runs between 0ld 74(Which would have been the
main road at the time), and state route 32.
The 2144 was before I was old enough to know about it and I think it
was before my folks moved us to Batavia. I do remember(And dad has
movies), or a Y class struggling toward to top of Batavia HIll near
Afton, Ohio. It had a very leaky cylinder on the engineers side. As
the train got closer the engineer was waving us away from the track.
Dad got one shot of this at least. This must have been 1954-56, as
steam freights ended half way through 1956.
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