New Jersey Herald - January 2, 1902 issue
Delayed on the Meadows
An annoying accident happened on the Lackawanna road
in the vicinity of Branchville Junction Thursday afternoon last. Conductor
Whymm's train was making it's usual journey to Branchville, and moving
along in "due and regular form" when suddenly the engine left the track.
The accident was caused by the flange being broken on one of the wheels.
The train crew set about with a will to right the wrong despite the
rain which was steadily falling at the time. Time and again they raised
the ponderous iron horse to the track only to see it again sink lower
in the earth. It was not until the hour of ten o'clock at night that
the wrecking car from Port Morris put in an appearance when the damage
was speedily repaired. The passengers from Franklin, easily twenty of
them, passed something like four hours in the commodious apartments
of Station Agent Hunt at Branchville Junction. Mr. Hunt proved a model
host. He entertained his guests with musical selections upon his telegraphic
instrument and kept them in a most agreeable frame of mind by telling
them that the engine would "soon heave around" which would convey them
to their friends and the tempting supper that awaited them. The downpour
of rain added a pleasant refrain to the perplexity of the situation.
The passengers, however, kept in good humor, many of them congratulating
themselves that they were not forced to pass the night at Branchville
Junction. No person of good judgment will find fault at a delay caused
by an unavoidable accident.