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Catalog Number PS1794
Collection Small Photograph Collections
Date 05/1909-05/1909
Description Train derailment in Portsmouth, May of 1909. The train is in the foreground with a large crowd of men, women and children looking on. In the background are the Portsmouth Ice Company Building, houses on Cornwall Street, and, in the distance, what was the Gale Shoe Manufacturing Company. On rear: "Foot of Langdon Street. B & M Freight Yards Portsmouth N.H. cir. 1920." Described in caption in Cobb and Shaw article, see related publications, "The May, 1909 wreck of the noon passenger train from Boston. No. 438 rear-ended No. 483, killing the fireman on the yard engine and injuring seven people. The force of the collection is evident in the complete demolition of the 483's tender tank. The usual crowd of on-lookers has gathered to lend moral support to the clean up operation."
Object Name Print, Photographic
Photographer Unknown
Print size 8 1/2" x 6 1/2"
Search Terms Portsmouth Ice Company
Boston and Maine Railroad
Langdon Street
Cornwall Street
Gale Shoe Manufacturing Company
Related Publications Cobb, Chandler and Joseph Shaw, "The Railroads of Portsmouth, New Hampshire - A Pictoral Essay, Part 1," B & M Bulletin, vol.9, #2, Winter 1979-1980. The same photograph was published on page 18 of this article. A duplicate photograph is in the Walker Transportation Collection at the Beverly Historical Society.