Lackawanna's Listing Locomotive
Lackawanna Locomotive 1023 (*) rests uneasily against
a telegraph pole along the Henry Becker and Son's creamery, Ross' Corner,
Monday morning after being derailed. The engine ran through an open
derailing device and was thrown heavily to the side, the wheels on the
left side of the locomotive sinking so far into the shoulder that the
engine was tipped against the pole. No one was injured. The tender and
cars behind the engine remained upright on the rails.
The train, the same one that was derailed by ice-coated
tracks at the Newton station two weeks ago, was bound for Branchville
from Hoboken. Conductor in charge was William Reinsch, and the engineer
was Thomas McNeil. Another locomotive was sent from Port Morris and
the cars taken on to Branchville while a wrecker was sent to the aid
of the derailed engine.
[* According to Tabor, the last 1000's were scrapped in 1942, when
the 1150 Hudsons bumped the 1100's from mainline service. Therefore
it is likely the number of the locomotive should be 1123 as it was not
scrapped until 1951.
Thanks to Kent Loudon for pointing out the error in this article.]