Following are some pics of an accident that happened ON the Gasconade River bridge, MP 123.3 on the Frisco's Eastern Division, on or shortly before January 18, 1961. This location is between Arlington and Jerome, about four miles west of Newburg, Mo.
As with my earlier postings of the Mansfield, Mo accident (also in 1961 - it was a bad year!), these pictures were taken by the late John Sillick, and are now part of the collection of Jeff Cooney, a Rock Island friend of mine and of others in frisco.org. Thank you, Jeff, for providing these pictures, and thanks also to Don Wirth who kindly scanned them (from 35mm slides) into digital pics for us.
You can see the accident resulted in a number of freight cars derailing on the bridge, causing significant damage to the bridge structure, and blocking the line.
The repair crew is hard at work as shown on these pics. They are removing each wrecked car and, where necessary, are simply shoving them over the side to fall down into the Gasconade River. The pics show parts of the car falling into the river (note the truck frame) and splashes from other parts hitting the water. You can also see some of the structural damage to the bridge truss.
I have additional pics of the recovery work and bridge repair, and will post them shortly. There is a surprise included with them you will enjoy seeing.
Comments and observations from any of you are most welcome. For one thing, I can't decide which direction we are looking at in the work train view (pic 1464). Any ideas?
Also - does anyone have any info on this accident? Was it an eastbound or westbound train? Which train? Is this the accident that resulted in the replacement of one or more of the bridge spans here?
Once again - be patient, these are big pic files. I left them that way so it will be possible to zoom in and still see detail.