top story editor's pick Photos: Railroad wrecks before 1980 Mar 3, 2020 Mar 3, 2020 0 Images from the Herald & Review archives of railroad accidents prior to 1980. Illinois Central wreck 1911.jpg H&R file photo 1911 Illinois Central Bridge wreck near Clinton Illinois Central Wreck-2 1911.jpg H&R file photo 11-5-1911 TRestle Collapse: The engine and two cars of an Illinois Cetral freight plunged 30 feet when the bridge over Salt Creek south of Clinton collapsed under them on Nov. 3 1911. Four crew members were killed. George Baker Illinois Central wreck-3 1911.jpg H&R file photo 11-5-1911 View from east side. W. S. Williams, I. N. Brown, Clinton, F.L. Thompson and H.J. Swartz train master. George Baker Illinois Central Wrecks 1934.jpg H&R file photo 10-3-1934 Coal train wrecked by bombs -- believed to be a new outbreak of the mine union war in Midland field, a bomb exploded under the Illinois Central tracks two miles southwest of Mt Pulaski early Tuesday, wrecking five cars and derailing five others. More than 150 feet of the track was torn up by the blast. Damage was estimated at $3,500. The trainmen escaped injury. Illinois Central wrecks 1971.jpg H&R file photo 6-15-1971 The locomotive units and some of the 14 cars of the Illinois Central City of New Orleans passenger train that derailed near Salem Thursday. Thirteen persons were aboard. The derailment happened at Tonti, about three miles northwest of Salem in Southern Illinois. Illinois Central wrecks 1972.jpg H&R file photo 12-25-1972 44 persons were killed and more than 100 injured in the crash of two cumputer trains in Chicago. illinois Central wrecks 1974.jpg H&R file photo 8-15-1974 Crews were working this morning to set the train's engine back onto the tracks. (300 block E. Decatur St.) R.E. Strongman Illinois Central wrecks 1978.jpg H&R file photo 10-13-1978 A railroad tank car rests in the 800 block E. Condit St. while a flatbed dangles overhead after a Thursday afternoon mishap. Illinois Central Wrecks-2 1971.jpg H&R file photo 6-15-1971 Thirteen persons were killed and at least 99 were injured Thursday when the four diesel locomotive units and 14 cars of the Illinois Central Railroad City of New Orleans passenger train derailed with about 200 persons aboard. The accident happened at Tonti Ill, about three miles northwest of Salem. Part of the wreckage burst into flames after the derailment. Illinois Central wrecks-2 1978.jpg H&R file photo 10-13-1978 Railroad tanker rests on E. Condit St. While flatbed car, at left hangs off overpass. Illinois Central Wrecks-3 1971.jpg H&R file photo 6-11-1971 A spectator examines the lead engine of the 'City of New Orleans' as it lies on its side after the fatal crash. Illinois Central Wrecks-4 1971.jpg H&R file photo 6-11-1971 Worst in Central Illinois. It was an ugly, flaming crash, leaving 10 dead and a zigzagged string of damaged cars strewn over curlicues of metal that hinted where tracks had been. Illinois Central Wrecks-5 1971.jpg H&R file photo 6-11-1971 A diesel burns after tis wheels locked causing the 14 cars to leave the tracks. R.E. Strongman Railroads wrecks 1978.jpg H&R file photo 12-31-1978 The rails grow cold and brittle during winter. They buckle under the heat of summer. Freights jump the tracks. Train wrecks 1912.jpg H&R file photo 8-25-1912 Taken at the wreck described in story SUnday Dec. 11, 1983. train wrecks 1979.jpg H&R file photo 3-29-1979 Worker put a tank car on its wheels. (B&O) train wrecks-2 1979.jpg H&R file photo 3-29-1979 Train cars piled up by a derailment near U.S. 36. Ron Ernst Wabash wreck 1928.jpg H&R file photo 6-10-1928 Wabash wreck Stevens Creek Wabash wreck 1959.jpg H&R file photo 5-25-1959 This aerial view show the 17 Wabash freight cars which were wrecked yesterday at 12:45 p.m. just west of the Fairview Avenue Subway. Wabash wrecks 1945.jpg H&R file photo 4-9-1945 Donals T. Edwards of Decatur, Wabash fireman, was killed and three other perosns hurt Sunday when a northbound passenger hit an open switch at Clarksdale, six miles south of Taylorville. E.D. Priest, engineer, was hurt. Wabash wrecks 1960.jpg H&R file photo 9-23-1969 The Wabash Bluebird passenger train bound for Decatur was wrecked at Morrisonville at noon Thursday when it was struck by a local freight while switching. Eleven persons were rushed to St. Vincent hospital in Taylorville. Nine of the more seriously injured were still patients Thursday night. This aerial photo shows nine of the 12 cars of the passenger train along 200 yards of torn track. Wabash wrecks Decatur 1960.jpg H&R file photo 10-11-1960 Decatur Wabash wreck Wabash wrecks Decatur-2 1960.jpg H&R file photo 10-12-1960 A steel-laden flatcar jumped the track yesterday about a mile south of Decatur and pulled six cars of a 100-car Wabash Railroad freight off the track with it.. Wabash wrecks-2 1945.jpg H&R file photo 4-9-1945 A wrecker raises a car of the Wabash St. Louis to Detroit passenger train, which hit an open switch near Clarksdale in Christian County. A fireman was killed. Wabash wrecks-2 1960.jpg H&R file photo 9-23-1960 Trainman at Morrisonville said: it was a mess. N&W accident 1965.jpg H&R file photo 11-15-1965 Accident in which Mose Childers of Coweta, Oklahoma was killed. Oakley Road 6 miles west of Decatur. N&W accident 1966.jpg H&R file photo 3-27-1966 Harold M. Brown of Blue Mound was killed when the dairy truck he was driving was struck by a Norfolk & Western Railway Co. passenger trin traveling 70 miles an hour bear Boody. The crossing was unprotected. As a result of the crash, the crossing was permenently closed. Railroad crossing accident 1925.jpg H&R file photo 4-7-1925 Swartz Crossing accident Seitz Studios 0 comments Tags Trains Trailroads Train Accident Train Wrecks History Photos Related to this collection History Photo Galleries A look back at Decatur and trains Dec 23, 2019 This photo series will feature history photos of trains and railroads from the Herald & Review archives.