DISASTER: Late Train Home

A little before 10 p.m., Train No. 175 left Babylon and, rattling off through the suburban towns along the south shore of Long Island, headed west for Manhattan. A little after 10 p.m., 38 miles away, Train No. 192 left the Long Island Rail Road's dingy underground terminal in Manhattan's Pennsylvania Station, clattered through the tunnel under the East River and headed east. In the two electric trains, their lives converging noisily at a speed of 50 m.p.h., were some 1,000 passengers.

No. 192's twelve cars were carrying home the Long Island commuters...

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