Historical Images of Porter County

No. 4 Express Train Caused by Open Switch
Valparaiso, Indiana

Date: May 30, 1918
Source Type: Photograph
Publisher, Printer, Photographer: Unknown
Postmark: Not applicable
Collection: Steven R. Shook
Remark: This railroad derailment took place on the Grand Trunk Railway track immediately west of the Washington Street crossing in Valparaiso on May 30, 1918. A switch left open inadvertantly caused the eastbound No. 4 Express train's engine, tender, and two cars to derail. No one was injured in this derailment. The switch was believed to have been left open by a freight crew.

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