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The first locomotive ever built at GMD in London, Ont in 1950 met an untimely death at the hands of a truck that did not stop at the Webber Rd crossing just outside of Welland back on a dark gloomy day in February 1980. I posted an image 6 1/2 years ago on this site; and imagine my surprise when I found a little yellow box in the basement last week that held 5 slides taken at that incident. Here is one of the better images, showing TH&B 71 in its death woes with the TH&B big hook which had arrived on the scene some hours previously.
In all my years of railfanning this was probably the saddest sight I happened across. The truck driver was killed, the locomotive scrapped.
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Caption: The first locomotive ever built at GMD in London, Ont in 1950 met an untimely death at the hands of a truck that did not stop at the Webber Rd crossing just outside of Welland back on a dark gloomy day in February 1980. I posted an image 6 1/2 years ago on this site; and imagine my surprise when I found a little yellow box in the basement last week that held 5 slides taken at that incident. Here is one of the better images, showing TH&B 71 in its death woes with the TH&B big hook which had arrived on the scene some hours previously. In all my years of railfanning this was probably the saddest sight I happened across. The truck driver was killed, the locomotive scrapped.

Photographer:
A.W.Mooney [1307] (more) (contact)
Date: 02/13/1980 (search)
Railway: Toronto Hamilton and Buffalo (search)
Reporting Marks: TH&B 71 (search)
Train Symbol: n/a (search)
Subdivision/SNS: TH&B Welland Sub. (search)
City/Town: Fenwick (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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8 Comments
  1. The wrecking crane is TH&B X-766 an Industrial Brownhoist 250 ton, serial number 12190, built in 1954. It later became CP 414651 and after that went to the Northern Plains Railroad in Fordville, ND.

  2. Looks like the truck hit behind the loco cab, would have been a different outcome if the truck hit the cab area broadside.

  3. I just did some checking on the ‘net and #71 was the leader……so it was miraculous escape for the crew !!

  4. Someone with a good memory will chime in on this. I am thinking this was the second unit rather than the leader, and that the crew escaped okay. It has been a long time and I have forgotten the details. But I don’t think the truck even slowed down.

  5. A miracle that anyone survived the crash and fire. Must have been quite a scramble to get out of the cab.

  6. You need to be more organized :)

  7. They did.

  8. The sad part of railroading. Hopefully the crew survived.

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