Pittsfield, ME Train Wreck, Aug 1906


Escapes with R. Fulton Cutting, Judge Crane, and W. G. Hooke.


Knickerbocker Limited, Bound for Bar Harbor, In Collision with Runaway Freight Car.

PITTSFIELD, Ma., Aug. 25.---One man was killed and three others slightly injured to-day in a collision between a runaway freight car and the Knickerbocker Limited, bound from New York to Bar Harbor, on the Maine Central Railroad. The victim was Louis A. Gilbert of Bangor, a traveling engineer employed by the road. The injured men were train hands.

A number of prominent New York people were passengers on the express, among them being District Attorney William T. Jerome, R. Fulton Cutting, Walter G. Hooke, and Judge Frederick E. Crane of Brooklyn. These, with many other passengers, were badly shaken up, but none was injured.

The Limited, which is the fastest express on the Maine Central Road, was running at a high rate of speed to make up a delay of an hour and a half. When about a mile west of this city a loaded freight car, running wild on a down grade, crashed into the express head on, derailing the engine and overturning the baggage car.

Engineer Lewis Bailey jumped after he had applied the air brakes, but his fireman was pinned into the tender and was badly bruised. Bailey's ankles were sprained. R. L. Wade, a porter, of New York, was cut by flying glass. D. L. Hall, the baggage master, jumped when his car piled up in the ditch and was not injured.

The dining car, which was in the rear of the baggage car, was twisted from its trucks, but still remained right side up. There were no passengers in it at the time.

The collision shook up nearly every passenger on the train, but none of them was hurt, although many suffered from the shock.

The New York Times, New York, NY 26 Aug 1906


Thank you

I have been looking for this article for a long time. The man who died on that train was my gg grandfather Louis A. Gilbert. Thank you so much for posting it!
Would you happen to have a copy or print of the original aricle or paper?

Thank you, Araanna Tillmon