Transport: Record Wrecked

One day last week American Brake Shoe & Foundry Co. advertised the fact of which U. S. railroads have lately been most proud: Not one passenger lost his life as the result of a train accident in

1935 (TIME, Jan. 20). Splashing full-page displays in many a newspaper, the company blazoned: TRIBUTE TO A PERFECT RECORD OF THE RAILROADS. Next day the record for 1936 was spoiled when The Williamsporter, crack Reading Railway System Express, jumped the track near Sunbury, Pa., killed one passenger.

Rounding a curve just before taking a bridge across the Susquehanna...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!