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Part 6, page 2: Historical Events - Wrecks

Updated: 8-22

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xxxOrder of page images: 267-271, NIC-1 - Daylight Limited, Gilroy, 1935; 272-289 - Boiler explosion, Salinas, 1941
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx..290-299 Collision, Guadalupe, 1953; 300-305 Rescue of engineman from Northern Pacific locomotive
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1978-152-3-267 to 1978-152-3-271

date: 11-16-1935

location: Rucker siding, Gilroy, CA

Historical overview: 1935 Daylight Limited Wreck

On November 16, 1935 a farmer's truck turned into the path of the southbound Daylight Limited at Masten Avenue, two miles north of Gilroy at a siding known as Rucker. The engine derailed upon impact,turned perpendicular to the tracks and rolled onto its left side, and the two following baggage/mail cars also derailed, but remained upright. The engine crewmen jumped and avoided major injury, as did the passengers, but the truck's passenger sustained critical injuries and the driver later died.

Newspaper coverage indicated that the crewmen on the train included Engineer Cornelius Hoogendyke, Fireman Taylor, Engineer William J. Baumeister, who all apparently jumped from the locomotive before it went over. The latter was reported as a student engineer, but he had nearly 30 years in as engineer - and was senior to Hoogendyke - so his business on the locomotive most likely was a routine qualification run prior to assuming an engineer job on the Daylight. Hoogendyke was at the throttle.

The only other identified crewman was Conductor W. G. Welt. The name "Bigley" that appears on the reverse of some photos probably refers to Engineer D. L. Bigley, who is not recorded as having been involved in the accident.

The wreck blocked the main line long enough for several trains to be re-routed on the Los Gatos - Santa Cruz "Mountain Route" between San Jose and Watsonville Junction.


1978-152-3-267

date: 11-16-35

location: Rucker siding, Gilroy

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"Ripley"

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Onlookers inspecting Daylight Limited wreckage


1978-152-3-268

date: 11-16-35

location: Rucker siding, Gilroy

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"C. Hoogendyke Swann[?] Bigley"

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Onlookers inspect overturned locomotive and cars


1978-152-3-269

date: 11-16-35

location: Rucker siding, Gilroy

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"Bigley"

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Injured man on ground at center

Train porter and others surrounding injured person


1978-152-3-270

date: 11-16-35

location: Rucker siding, Gilroy

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"Division Tower Bigley"

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Division St. Tower, S. F. and D. L. Bigley probably received copies of photo.

Fireman T. Taylor hanging from overturned locomotive


1978-152-3-271

date: 11-16-35

location: Rucker siding, Gilroy

photographer: Seron, Gilroy

print: 7" x 11" landscape b&w

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"Seron Gilroy"

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"Engine 4358 Morgan Hill"

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Engineer William J. Baumeister poses in front of wrecked locomotive


NIC-4 (not in collection)

date: 11-16-35

location: Rucker siding, Gilroy

photographer: unknown wire service

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Wire service photo and description from Wx4.org Collection

Wire service photo of wreck


1978-152-3-272 to 1978-152-3-289

date: 5-3-41

location: Cooper siding, near Salinas

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Historical overview: 1941 boiler explosion / wreck near Salinas

On May 3, 1941, the boiler of southbound (railroad eastbound) "cab forward" locomotive #4199 blew up due to low water near Salinas, killing who is believed to be Engineer P. M. Jolly (but was identified in news accounts as Phil Young Jilly), Fireman Floyd Kenneth McKean, Head Brakeman Herbert Vincent Horan and Student Brakeman Alvin Schoendaller.

The location has variously been described as north and south of Salinas, but available evidence points towards the location as Cooper siding, 4.3 miles north of Salinas. As a measure of the explosion's violence, parts of the wreckage were found up to 562 feet away, while a ~15,000 pound piece of the boiler's firebox was discovered 324 feet from the explosion point, while smaller pieces of wreckage traveled up to 562 feet. The Interstate Commerce Commission (PDF of findings HERE) cited the direct cause as low water, but was unable to determine if this was due to human or mechanical error. Of 94 cars of construction materials bound for Fort Roberts, 19 derailed.


1978-152-3-272

date: 5-3-41

location: Cooper siding, near Salinas

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Wrecked tank cars and boxcar


1978-152-3-273

date: 5-3-41

location: Cooper siding, near Salinas

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Wrecked boxcars and portion of locomotive below cab


1978-152-3-274

date: 5-3-41

location: Cooper siding, near Salinas

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Wrecked tank cars


1978-152-3-275

date: 5-3-41

location: Cooper siding, near Salinas

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boiler was 50+ feet long; part of cab (?) in foreground

Wrecked locomotive running gear, minus boiler


1978-152-3-276

date: 5-3-41

location: Cooper siding, near Salinas

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Wrecked boxcars


1978-152-3-277

date: 5-3-41

location: Cooper siding, near Salinas

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crane - SPMW7024

Crane lifting boxcar


1978-152-3-278

date: 5-3-41

location: Cooper siding, near Salinas

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Canvas covered locomotive cab in field


1978-152-3-279

date: 5-3-41

location: Cooper siding, near Salinas

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Demolished lineside home


1978-152-3-280

date: 5-3-41

location: Cooper siding, near Salinas

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Closeup of demolished home


1978-152-3-281

date: 5-3-41

location: Cooper siding, near Salinas

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Wrecked freight cars


1978-152-3-282

date: 5-3-41

location: Cooper siding, near Salinas

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no data; near duplicate of 1978-152-3-272

Wrecked tank cars and boxcar


1978-152-3-283

date: 5-3-41

location: Cooper siding, near Salinas

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Partial firebox run over by locomotive running gear


1978-152-3-284

date: 5-3-41

location: Cooper siding, near Salinas

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near duplicate of 1978-152-3-283; shovel was used to feed sand into boiler flues to remove carbon...and also, a toilet

Partial firebox run over by locomotive running gear; fireman's shovel


1978-152-3-285

date: 5-3-41

location: Cooper siding, near Salinas

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Rear of locomotive running gear ahead of tender


1978-152-3-286

date: 5-3-41

location: Cooper siding, near Salinas

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Front "engine" of locomotive


1978-152-3-287

date: 5-3-41

location: Cooper siding, near Salinas

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The explosion took place in front of the locomotive, so the tender remained largely undamaged.

Locomotive tender


1978-152-3-288

date: 5-3-41

location: Cooper siding, near Salinas

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Lower half of locomotive front and crane lifting boxcar


1978-152-3-289

date: 5-3-41

location: Cooper siding, near Salinas

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Lumber spilled from overturned boxcar


1978-152-3-290 to 1978-152-3-299

date: 10-24-52

location: Guadalupe, CA

Historical overview: 1952 Guadalupe collision

On October 24, 1952, cab forward #4248 and diesel locomotive #6387 leading two others were involved in a sideswipe at Guadalupe, CA at the location of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad interchange. One much later report from an engineer familiar with the incident claimed that #4248 was switching cars when it pulled out onto the main track as San Francisco-bound #6387 was about to pass. The same report claimed that a shanty town in the creek near the wreck burned down and that SP made several rule and track layout changes to prevent a similar wreck in the future.


1978-152-3-290

date: 10-24-52

location: Guadalupe, CA

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General wreck scene


1978-152-3-291

date: 10-24-52

location: Guadalupe, CA

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Locomotive #6387 on side in front of #4248


1978-152-3-292

date: 10-24-52

location: Guadalupe, CA

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Diesel unit wedged against #4248


1978-152-3-293

date: 10-24-52

location: Guadalupe, CA

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Tender of #4248 and nose of unidentified diesel


1978-152-3-294

date: 10-24-52

location: Guadalupe, CA

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Rear of #4248 and nose of unknown diesel


1978-152-3-295

date: 10-24-52

location: Guadalupe, CA

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Closeup of fire damaged diesel leaning against #4248


1978-152-3-296

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Fire damaged diesel leaning against #4248


1978-152-3-297

date: 10-24-52

location: Guadalupe, CA

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Diesel wreckage


1978-152-3-298

date: 10-24-52

location: Guadalupe, CA

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Burned diesels


1978-152-3-299

date: 10-24-52

location: Guadalupe, CA

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Overturned wreckage of flatcar


1978-152-3-300 to 1978-152-3-305

date: ca.1950's?

location: Northern Pacific Ry.

Historical backround: Rescue of a Northern Pacific engine crew

These six photographs show the rescue of an engine crew member from Northern Pacific locomotive #1378, which appears to have been involved in a collision with a boxcar. No data accompanies the photos, so why they are part of the collection is unknown.


1978-152-3-300

date: ca.1950's?

location: Northern Pacific Ry.

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Preliminaries - 1


1978-152-3-301

date: ca.1950's?

location: Northern Pacific Ry.

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Preliminaries - 2


1978-152-3-302

date: ca.1950's?

location: Northern Pacific Ry.

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Preliminaries - 3


1978-152-3-303

date: ca.1950's?

location: Northern Pacific Ry.

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Preliminaries - 4


1978-152-3-304

date: ca.1950's?

location: Northern Pacific Ry.

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Preliminaries - 5


1978-152-3-305

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Hauling stretcher through forward window