Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area



 1887, September 26 - A passenger train derails and burns when the track is destroyed by brush fires at Eastman Springs (now Carlsbad Springs), Canada Atlantic.
 All four passenger cars turned over and burned.




Ottawa Journal  27 September 1887

Part of a Canada Atlantic Train Derailed and Burnt.
4.50 p.m. express to Montreal (engine and tender, baggage car, smoker and mail car, second class car, first class car and Pullman). 
Derailed and turned on their sides just beyond Eastman's Springs.
Engine, tender and baggage car got over the break but the rest soon caught fire - bush fires in the neighbourhood.
Passengers returned to Eastman's Springs in the caboose of a freight train which was following.
The four cars left at the wreck were completely burned.
More.

28 September 1887

On The Canada Atlantic
Mr. J. Logan, yard foreman of the C. A. R. says the bush in the vicinity of Wood Station, about 34 miles down the line, is all on fire. At the present time the flames are only a quarter of a mile from the station wood yard. If a wind should spring up the yard and station would be in great danger.He attributes the burning of the ties at the scene of the late accident to the wind which sprung up that afternoon. Eaverything was all right at 3 o'clock that day.
Bearbrook September 27. Yesterday your correspondent visited the fires at present raging in the vicinity of Navan and found about fifty men guarding Mr. Richard Clarke's property from the devouring elements. It may be said that the whole country, between Navan and Bearbrook Crossing is literally on fire as fire is burning more or less on every man;s property for a distance of fourteen miles. Last night twelve men were guarding Mr. McDonald's hotel, North of Navan, and a similar number guarding Mr. Duffey's. The smoke is so dense that it is utterly impossible to distinguish one residence from another at 50 yards all the way from Navan to South Indian hundreds of acres of the bestwoods are destroyed. One man living near the wrecked train on the C. A. R. had one-hundred cords of good maple wood burned. Bears and deer are making their appearance, being driven out before the fire around Bearbrook crossing.

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