Marengo Junction, WA Train Wreck, May 1911

Marengo Junction Train Wreck


Special Dispatch to the Standard.

Spokane, Wash., May 30. -- Steel cars used by the Chicago, Milwaukee & Puget Sound railway in the new Columbian limited, which was today making its first trip over the new line to Seattle, saved the lives of all on board when the train left the rails while rounding a sharp curve in a cut three miles from Marengo Junction, at 4:52 this morning, but while passengers were saved, Earl Tallmadge, the engineer, and W. H. Shollingberg, the fireman, sacrificed their lives, and the lives of five waiters and a baggageman may yet be taken as toll for the accident. The train was making its first trip from Seattle to the East. What caused it to leave the track is a matter of speculation. Passengers estimate the speed of the train at 40 miles an hour.

At the high speed the train left the tracks and plunged headlong into the ditch. The steel cars were not crushed as the ordinary wooden cars in use on the Hill lines in this district. Railway officials say this fact is responsible for the small loss of life.
A broke rail was found near where the engine left the track.

The dead:
W. H. SCHOLLENBERG, fireman.

Fatally injured:
R. Parker, negro waiter

Seriously injured:
F. Bordelais, baggageman,
V. Green, waiter,
____ Hardy, waiter,
____ Young, waiter

The train consisted of a baggage car, diner, three coaches, one tourist sleeper and a Pullman. All left the rails but the Pullman and the diner. All were steel cars. The coaches escaped with little damage. The waiters and baggageman were in the baggage car when the crash came.

The engine, a passenger locomotive of the 72-inch driver type, imbedded itself in the bank. The oil tank was hurled through the air for 40 feet ahead, and the water tank followed in its wake and landed beside the half-buried locomotive. Following this came the baggage car, which leaped into the air and crashed down on the engine. Then men in the baggage car were rolled around among the trunks and all were seriously hurt. Escaping steam and water so scalded Parker, the negro waiter, that there is little hope for his recovery. As soon as possible, the injured were rushed to Ellensburg hospital.