The past, colorized: Butting heads, 1910


Tim Wager is working to colorize hundreds of black-and-white photographs of Bennington in the 19th and 20th centuries from the Bennington Museum collection, and has been sharing them with the Banner. This week, we see a small crowd gathered to look at the aftermath of a collision between a freight train and a passenger train. Wager quotes from a Bennington Banner article of Aug. 11, 1910, which describes the event: "It happened just below the iron bridge over the Roaring Branch near the Soldiers' Home. The 12:15 passenger train from Troy collided with head on with the Extra Freight engine 1881 (on the left in this photo). Three boys happened to be sitting on a fence next to the railroad and were able to signal to the conductor of the freight train to slow down, which he did, coming to a rapid stop before colliding with the passenger train, which he had not been able to see coming around the bend below the bridge. About 18 passengers were 'badly shaken up and frightened but otherwise unhurt.' The passenger train engine was partially derailed and the engines interlocked in the crash. It took a local crew two and a half hours to disengage them."



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