Rockingham, VT Train Wreck, Mar 1889


BELLOWS FALLS, Vt., March 20.----The Montreal and Boston night express over the Central Vermont Railway, Rutland Division, which reaches Boston at 5:15 A. M., met with a serious accident this morning about one mile north of Rockingham station and six miles north of here. The scene of the disaster was where the road winds along the east bank of Williams River, with an embankment on the right side 30 feet steep into the river, and on the left side a high mountain of rocks.

The engine, upon rounding a curve while running at a fair rate of speed, struck a huge boulder which had rolled from above, throwing the train, consisting of baggage car, passenger, and Wagner sleeping coach, entirely from the track, but fortunately they went off on the side away from the embankment. All escaped, some, however, with more or less serious injuries.

The New York Times, New York, NY 21 Mar 1889