David Melson

Picturing the Past 97: 1950 train wreck

Posted Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 3:01 PM
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  • I think that you are about right on the location David, but I am not sure because I did not go out to the site of the wreck. We were friends with all of the men who worked on the train at that time.

    -- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Jan 25, 2011, at 5:44 PM
  • Freeman H. Hubbard wrote a book published by McGraw-Hill in 1945 called Railroad Avenue: Great Stories and Legends of American Railroading. If a town had a railroad it would often have a Railroad Avenue or Street.

    -- Posted by Jerry Fox on Tue, Jan 25, 2011, at 6:04 PM
  • Does anyone have photos of the Normandy train wreck that occured in the early 70's? This one had piggyback trailers full of liquor.

    -- Posted by Grit on Tue, Jan 25, 2011, at 8:23 PM
  • As best I can recall, the 70's Normandy train wreck also involved railroad cars full of new automobiles.

    -- Posted by Tim Lokey on Wed, Jan 26, 2011, at 12:23 AM
  • I took many pictures of the Normandy wreck mentioned by Grits and Tim.Most were immediately after the wreck. As i recall I went to the scene a few more times as crews cleaned up the area.

    -- Posted by bomelson on Wed, Jan 26, 2011, at 8:18 AM
  • I remember the Normandy train wreck too. I was pretty young at the time but I do remember seeing a lot of liquor bottles laying around. What year was it in?

    -- Posted by Harleytodd on Thu, Jan 27, 2011, at 12:59 PM
  • The location of the Shelbyville wreck was just west of "Grey's Crossing". There was a concrete block manufacturing facility close by. You can tell the repaired track section because rthe replacement rails are heavier. My father was conductor on the train.

    -- Posted by Hbomar on Tue, Feb 15, 2011, at 6:05 PM
  • Hbomar thanks for the input. I remember H.I. Bomar very well.

    -- Posted by leeiii on Wed, Feb 16, 2011, at 11:12 AM
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