Saturday, October 15, 2016

Sepia Saturday - October 2016 Week 3 - From Here To There

The Sepia Saturday theme for this month is "From Here to There". I have some great photos for this theme in my collection, I probably could have posted for all five weeks if I weren't under the weather. This is a hastily prepared post, I'll admit, but if I continue to feel as well as I have over the past few days, I should be able to share them in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, I will share a few photos that are about not getting from here to there or when the going goes wrong.

These photos are from my grandfather's albums that are about 100 years old, when he was a teenager. They are labeled simply C.P.R. (Canadian Pacific Railway) Wreck. I haven't managed to find anything about this online, but perhaps if I ever make it to a Quebec archive....


 



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16 comments:

  1. Wow, and those look like passenger cars, so I can imagine this made headlines. Newspapers.com has some results for CPR wrecks - if you have an idea of a year and town, I can do a quick check for you!

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    1. Thank you so much, Melissa. I really should renew my newspapers.com subscription but I've been doing so much work with photos lately that I haven't had the time for researching to make it worth the money. I know they need our subscription dollars to be able to keep adding content, though, so I think I will sign up again soon.

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  2. Anna,
    I'm just about to prepare my own, very first, Sepia Saturday post. Thank you for the comments on my blog. I wanted to come over here to yours and see what you had recently posted and found these incredible photos. I can't imagine you won't find some newspaper articles on this crash. Even U.S. newspapers probably would have carried something. Hope you feel better soon.

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  3. Anna - I Googled CPR wreck and found some links. Not sure if this is the same one that your grandfather had photos of, but here are the links:
    https://vimeo.com/176065209
    http://tracks.lionel.com/106-years-later-d10-wreckage-found-in-lake-superior/

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    1. Thank you, Diane. I will check those out this afternoon!

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    2. Very interesting, although they don't appear to be my accident. This would have been at least a few years later and in Quebec. But you've inspired me to look again.

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  4. How wonderful to have your grandfather's photograph album, with such dramatic images. Dies the CPR have an archive dept that might be able to help with dates and places?

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    1. That is a great idea. I will have to look into that!

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  5. Oh my goodness! What a lot of damage, and I imagine many people were injured. Sometimes getting from here to there just doesn't go right.

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    1. I know. I wish I had seen these albums when my grandfather was still alive so I could have heard the stories from him.

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  6. Seeing these photos makes me extra-glad that the railroad tracks that used to run close to my house have been removed to make way for a walking trail.

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    1. Sometimes the though of train travel is as unsettling as airplane travel for me. After the accidents in my area recently I am done sitting in the front car!

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  7. That was quite an accident! Obviously there must have been injured passengers but hopefully no deaths? Without seatbelts, however, they certainly would have been tossed around hither and yon!

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  8. It certainly looks like a serious accident. Hopefully your grandfather himself was not personally involved, apart from visiting the site afterwards.

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  9. I think rail accidents were quite common a hundred years ago, but Ilike that first photo with the onlooker turning to the camera.

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  10. As I've read through newspapers for my ancestors in Georgia, I've been amazed at the number of train accidents. Reading about railway travel, it sounds like it was not for the faint of heart. These pictures kind of confirm that!

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