Who doesn’t love a good train wreck?  Wait, let me rephrase that.  Who doesn’t love looking at historic photographs of train wrecks of the 19th and 20th centuries in Connecticut?  Admit it — you love those train wrecks!

Come on over to the Dodd Research Center Gallery and indulge your long concealed fascination with train wrecks!  These photos are from the Railroad History Archive and show scenes of such famous Connecticut wrecks as the South Norwalk Bridge Disaster of 1853 (the first major railroad bridge disaster in the U.S.), the Tariffville Disaster of 1878, and many others.  Who can ever forget the Great East Thompson Train Wreck of 1891, where four trains crashed in five minutes!? 

For more information about the train wreck exhibit, please visit the library’s exhibit pages at http://www.lib.uconn.edu/about/exhibits/ and the Railroad History Archive at http://railroads.uconn.edu/. Enjoy!

The Great East Thompson Train Disaster of 1891

The Great East Thompson Train Disaster of 1891

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