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Trains Collide at The Glen, 1946   

  The worst wreck on the Adirondack Branch occurred on August 26th, 1946.  The following description is from the North Creek News Enterprise.

Engineer Killed in Crash of Trains Near The Glen Monday, Aug.26

  "A veteran Delaware & Hudson railroad engineer was killed, eight other railroad emplyees and four passengers were injured and 318 children returning to their homes from Adirondack camps escaped with minor scratches and shock when a special southbound train carrying the children figured in a collosion at 9:32 A.M. with a regular northbound train on the single track line two miles south of The Glen.
  "The dead engineer was Frank J. Keehan, 57, of Saratoga Springs, a veteran of more than 40 years on the railroad, who was pinned in the cab at the throttle of the northbound train.  Firmly caught by parts of the cab and controls and buried with coal when the tender telescoped into the rear of his cab.  Keehan's body was not extricated until about 6:30 Monday night.
  "The southbound train carrying the children was a special made up of seven coaches while the northbound was a regular designated as train 181 and comprising two coaches, one baggage car and one mail car.  According to railroad officials at Saratoga Springs, the special had orders to wait on the main track at The Glen until the northbound gained a siding there but failed to stop at The Glen.  The southbound train was engineered by Fred McCrea of Colonie who escaped injury.
  "According to officials, the northbound train had just rounded a curve when it encountered the southbound train on the single track.  In the ensuing crash the locomotives telescoped to a depth of about two feet.
  "Many of the crew members managed to jump and escape serious injury but Keehan, the fatally injured engineer, is believed to have stayed at his post after setting his air brakes and putting the locomotive in reverse.  When he was removed from the wreckage, crushed and badly burned, his hand was only a few inches from the throttle, one official reported."


  From what I can see in the photos, one locomotive is #503, an Alco 4-6-0.  This is the southbound passenger extra.  The northbound locomotive is #451.

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