Van Nest Station, NY Train Wreck, Jan 1896


A passenger train on the Harlem branch of the New York, New Haven and Hartford railroad yesterday morning ran into a freight car near Van Nest station, N. Y. The engine was badly smashed and derailed and Fireman Charles Gilbert was killed, being literally cut to pieces. Only two passengers were aboard and neither was injured. The engineer escaped with a shaking-up and a few bruises. Through somebody’s carelessness some freight cars on a side track had been left too near the switch and a projecting corner of the last car was directly above one rail of the main track. The passenger engine struck the corner of this freight car.

Springfield Republican, Springfield, MA 20 Jan 1896