The 1873 Train Wreck

The 1873 Train Wreck (HM26IJ)

Location: Newburyport, MA 01950 Essex County
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N 42° 48.774', W 70° 52.547'

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at Merrimac Street, Newburyport

A misplaced switch forced a freight train onto a dead-end side track on May 23, 1873, and the 34-ton steam locomotive smashed through barriers and fell down the embankment to Merrimac Street below. The engineer and fireman jumped clear before the impact. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the dramatic accident, and the engine was back on the track two days later.
HM NumberHM26IJ
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Date Added Monday, April 2nd, 2018 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 346642 N 4741744
Decimal Degrees42.81290000, -70.87578333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 48.774', W 70° 52.547'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 48' 46.44" N, 70° 52' 32.82" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)978
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 113 Merrimac St, Newburyport MA 01950, US
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