On the early morning of February 5, 1887, a Montreal bound Central Railroad train No. 50 known as the “Night Express” was speeding along attempting to make time because it was running late. At some point near Hartford, Vermont as it neared a large wooden railroad bridge, the last sleeper car on the train jumped the track, unknown to anyone on board as the express sped along through the night. The Night Express crossed the Woodstock Bridge as it was known at the time, and a disaster was about to unfold.
|The charred remains of the Woodstock Bridge right after the Night Express train crash of 1887. Photo courtesy: www.northeast.railfan.net|