Dudley Keyser snapped these slides of an 18-car B&O train derailment in Bremen in April of 1978. There were no injuries, but the electric power to Wakarusa and Nappanee was taken out for some time, and the cleanup of debris lasted for days. The cause was attributed to a “bowed rail”.
Derailments were surprisingly common in those days. There had been a big coal train derailment in 1977 on the same stretch and an even bigger freight train derailment in 1979 a bit further east between Dogwood and Beech.
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