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The Angola Horror : the 1867 train wreck that shocked the nation and transformed American railroads

Author: Charity Ann Vogel
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"On December 18, 1867, the Buffalo and Erie Railroad's eastbound New York Express derailed as it approached the high truss bridge over Big Sister Creek, just east of the small settlement of Angola, New York, on the shores of Lake Erie. The last two cars of the express train were pitched completely off the tracks and plummeted into the creek bed below. When they struck bottom, one of the wrecked cars was immediately  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charity Ann Vogel
ISBN: 9780801449086 0801449081
OCLC Number: 825106801
Description: xiii, 296 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Troubled sleep --
Angola at dawn --
Getting underway --
En route --
Delays --
Approach --
Breaking --
Falling --
Horror --
Rescue --
Recognitions --
Reports --
Mourning --
Judging --
Debates --
Changes.
Responsibility: Charity Vogel.

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"On December 18, 1867, the Buffalo and Erie Railroad's eastbound New York Express derailed as it approached the high truss bridge over Big Sister Creek, just east of the small settlement of Angola, New York, on the shores of Lake Erie. The last two cars of the express train were pitched completely off the tracks and plummeted into the creek bed below. When they struck bottom, one of the wrecked cars was immediately engulfed in flames as the heating stoves in the coach spilled out coals and ignited its wooden timbers. The other car was badly smashed. About fifty people died at the bottom of the gorge or shortly thereafter, and dozens more were injured. In a dramatic historical narrative, Charity Vogel tells the gripping, true-to-life story of the wreck and the characters involved in the tragic accident. Her tale weaves together the stories of the people-- some unknown; others soon to be famous-- caught up in the disaster, the facts of the New York Express's fateful run, the fiery scenes in the creek ravine, and the subsequent legal, legislative, and journalistic search for answers to the question: what had happened at Angola, and why?" -- excerpted from publisher's web site.
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