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Mid day on May 27, 1953 finds CNR E-10-a 2-6-0 Mogul 88, the lead locomotive on a double headed freight up the mountain, tossed on her side at the intersection of Ferguson Avenue and Rebecca Streets in Hamilton.  This derailment was caused by the lead wheels of 88's tender picking the switch of the Rebecca Street spur, jackknifing the engine causing it to flip.  The three crew members onboard; Engineer Charles Penfold (jumped clear), Fireman Richard Day, and head end Brakeman Murray Calder, all escaped with minor injuries.  The tender has been partially righted in this image, and is supported by timbers after having made contact with the Alexanian Oriental Rug Cleaning Company building.  The trailing 3506 followed 88 down the spur stopping short of the yard engine working nearby industries.  After 3506 and the rest of the train returned to Hamilton Yard, a steam wrecking crane was brought in to clear the mess.CNR 88, built as Grand Trunk 1008 by CLC in 1910, renumbered GTR 910 in 1919, CNR 910 in 1923, and CNR 88 in 1951.  After this wreck, which cracked the crown sheet atop the firebox, 88 would be sent to Stratford for repairs.  Retired in 1957, she would be placed on display as GTR 1008 just east of Morrisburg, Ontario along Highway 2 near the Upper Canada Pioneer Village.  Along with it sits the historic Aultsville train station and two GTR coaches.  CNR S-1-g Mikado 3506, built by CLC as GTR 486 in 1917, would be scrapped just over 4 years later in July, 1957.
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Caption: Mid day on May 27, 1953 finds CNR E-10-a 2-6-0 Mogul 88, the lead locomotive on a double headed freight up the mountain, tossed on her side at the intersection of Ferguson Avenue and Rebecca Streets in Hamilton. This derailment was caused by the lead wheels of 88's tender picking the switch of the Rebecca Street spur, jackknifing the engine causing it to flip. The three crew members onboard; Engineer Charles Penfold (jumped clear), Fireman Richard Day, and head end Brakeman Murray Calder, all escaped with minor injuries. The tender has been partially righted in this image, and is supported by timbers after having made contact with the Alexanian Oriental Rug Cleaning Company building. The trailing 3506 followed 88 down the spur stopping short of the yard engine working nearby industries. After 3506 and the rest of the train returned to Hamilton Yard, a steam wrecking crane was brought in to clear the mess.

CNR 88, built as Grand Trunk 1008 by CLC in 1910, renumbered GTR 910 in 1919, CNR 910 in 1923, and CNR 88 in 1951. After this wreck, which cracked the crown sheet atop the firebox, 88 would be sent to Stratford for repairs. Retired in 1957, she would be placed on display as GTR 1008 just east of Morrisburg, Ontario along Highway 2 near the Upper Canada Pioneer Village. Along with it sits the historic Aultsville train station and two GTR coaches. CNR S-1-g Mikado 3506, built by CLC as GTR 486 in 1917, would be scrapped just over 4 years later in July, 1957.

Photographer:
Reg Button Collection; Collection of Bob Bratina [8] (more) (contact)
Date: 05/27/1953 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CNR 88 (search)
Train Symbol: N/A (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Hagersville Sub (search)
City/Town: Hamilton (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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