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Richmond, QB Train Collision, Sep 1904



Nine persons were killed and twenty-three injured in a head-on collision on the Grand Trunk Railway
near Richmond, Quebec, Wednesday.
The trains involved were a special excursion from Montreal, bound for Sherbrook, and passenger train No. 5, running between Island Pond, Vt., and Montreal.
The collision, it is said, was due to neglect of orders on the part of the train crew of the excursion train, which left Richmond without awaiting the arrival of the passenger train.
Following is the official list of killed:
J. B. BLANCHETT, M.P., St. Hyacinthe.
FRED BOWRING, South Durham.
T. H. HACKETT, Montreal.
Unknown man, from Beloeil, Que.
W. T. MOUNTAIN, of Montreal.
Boy named DUBFORD, from Athabaska.
CHARLES SAMARD, St. Hyacinthe.
THEODORE D. ACTON, St. Hyacinthe.
The excursion train was running as the first section of the regular Grand Trunk and Portland express, which usually crosses the Island Pond train at Richmond, and was running on its time.
This makes it all the more inexplicable why Conductor Atkinson, in charge of the excursion train, did not wait to make the usual crossing. Atkinson disappeared shortly after the wreck occurred.

Sioux County Herald Orange City Iowa 1904-09-07


1904 Québec Train Wreck

The actual date of the wreck was 31 August 1904.

My grandfather, the Rev. Dr. Harvey Carmichael, was a passenger on the train, travelling from Ontario via Montréal to view his new church in Richmond, Québec.

He said all nine of the dead were passengers in his railcar, including MP Jean Baptiste Blanchet.

My grandmother had repeated the story to my youngest brother - what a surprise to discover all the details on the Internet.

article | by Dr. Radut