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The Red Arrow Wreck February 18, 1947

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The Red Arrow Wreck February 18, 1947
The Detroit-to-New York Express left Pittsburgh 1 hour and 11 minutes late. The twin K4s Class 4-6-2 engines (lead engine K4s #422) and the consist of fourteen passenger cars plunged from the tracks at Bennington Curve, Gallitzin, PA at 3:25 A.M., February 18, 1947 down the sloping hillside into 150 foot deep Gum Tree Hollow. 276 persons on the 14 car train, 238 passengers and 30 employees Including two engineers, two firemen, ten postal clerks and members of the railroad porter service. 24 killed; 138 injured. Authorized speed on the curve 35 mph. Speculated speed 70 mph. Cause of Accident: Excessive speed on the curve. The Red Arrow Wreck was one of the major wrecks on the Pennsylvania Railroad. One of a series of 10 photographs. Buy 1 or 10 and get a free copy of "The Red Arrow Wreck" By Catherine Lynn West-Emerson an eight (8) page documentation of the wreck profusely illustrated with many more photos. Photo No. 259
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