Kingston Whig Standard 3 March 1916
also in the Weekly British Whig 6 March 1916
G.T.R NIGHT EXPRESS LEAVES RAILS NEAR KINGSTON MILLS
Montreal Girl Had Her Arm Broken - Eight Other Passengerd Were Shaken Up - Three Coaches in the Ditch - Traffic Was Blocked.
Mrs. Elizabeth Confray. Aged 36, Montreal, badly cut about the face and hands. Suffering severely from shock.
Ellen Confray, aged 11 years, left arm fractured.
Edith Confray, aged 6 years, suffering from shock.
Baby Matthew Confray, 9 weeks old, uninjured.
Miss Josephine McCaffrey. 500 Guy street, Montreal, suffering from serious shaking up.
Miss Eva McCaffrey, 500 Guy street, Montreal suffering from shock.
Samuel Frankel, aged 29, Montreal, suffering from shock.
Miss Ellen Adams, London, Ont., badly shaken up.
people, were injured when the fast train coming from Montreal, known as
No. 13, was derailed near Kingston Mills, about 3 o'clock on
The injured were all brought to the city, and are now patients at the Hotel Dieu where they are doing nicely.
Ellen Confray, the Montreal girl, who was travelling with her mother
and two other members of the family, received the most serious
injuries. It was stated that her left arm had been fractured.
train was travelling at a fast rate of speed, and the fact that there
was not a heavy death list, is nothing more than a miracle.
Mrs. Confray and her children were on their way to Hamilton.
Spreading Rail Caused Accident.
Whig representative paid a visit to the scene of the accident on Friday
morning. From information received from men who were aboard the
ill-fated train and men who are engaged in clearing up the wreckage,
there appears to be no doubt that the accident was caused by the
spreading of a rail.
The scene of the accident is about one and
one half miles, east of Rideau station. To gtl there it is necessary
for one to walk along the railroad track from Rideau station. When the
Whig man arrived on the scene he found about one hundred men employed
by the Grand Trunk Railroad Company engaged in clearing up the wreckage
and also laying a new line of track as the right hand track was
completely ripped by the train leaving it.
The train which left
the track is known as the fast train, No. 13, which is due to arrive at
the Grand Trunk outer station at 3 o'clock. It was composed of ten cars
made up as follows: Two baggage cars, one second-class car, one
first-class car and six pullmans. Two baggage cars rolled over into the
ditch, while the second-class car, which was right behind the baggage
cars, was thrown on its side and was lying crossways of the tracks. The
first-class car and the pullmans were thrown from the rails but
fortunately did not topple over. The tender of the train left the rails
but no damage was done.
On account of
the train being a few minutes date the engineer in charge was evidently
endeavoring to make up for lost time. He made 43 miles, with one stop
at Gananoque Junction, in fifty minutes, that the train was going at
the rate of over fifty miles an hour.
As the accident occurred so
suddenly, it was atmont impossible for any of the people who were
aboard the train to state what happened. The first thing they felt was
a severe bang as though there was a collision. Getting from the beds in
the pullman they were surprised to find that the train was a wreck.
Upon getting from their beds they were informed by the porter that two
of the leading cars had gone into the ditch and the pullmans had
received a very bad shaking up but were still standing up-right. After
dressing the passengers got off the train. Upon going up the front they
found that the two baggage cars were in the ditch but were standing
right up. The second-class car, which was third from the locomotive,
received, the worst breaking up, being thrown on its side and dragged
for a considerable distance before the train was brought to a
standstill. The fourth car, which was the first-class car, remained
upright, but was thrown from the rails,owing to the-front car being off
the track and tearing them up. The train was going at such a rate of
speed that the place where the baggage and mail cars lighted was about
twenty or thirty yards to the right of the track. It is only a miracle
that the two men who were working in the baggage car were not killed.
They appeared to be none the worst of the smash when speaking to Whig
It is a miracle that persons who were seated in
the second-class car, were not killed as it crashed into the
baggage cars so heavily. The reason that more people were not seriously
hurt is due to the fact that it was a steel coach.
Conductor Flagged Eastbound train
the prompt action of Conductor Garrett, Toronto, who was in charge of
the the ill-fated train, the express from the west which was due at
Rideau station about the samel time as the accident occurred, was
stopped before it arrived at the scene of the wreck. Leaving the scene
of the. accident, the conductor took a lantern and ran up the track,
and by that means was able to get word to the eastbound train, he went
up to the grocery store at Cushendall and telephoned to the Grand Trunk
outer station. The suburban train was immediately despatched to the
scene of the accident and the injured passengers were rushed to the
The point where the accident occurred is exactly the
same place where a freight train left the tracks last June. On this
occasion the freight cars were completely destroyed.
authorities at Belleville were communicated with and the wrecking train
and one hundred railroad men were soon on their way. The train arrived
at five oclock and the jcb of clearing away the wreckage was commenced.
Wrecking Gang At Work.
account of the west track being partly torn up for a distance of about
four hundred yards. It was found necessary for the wrecking train to
use the east tracks, meaning the tieing up of traffic. Up until two
o'clock Friday afternoon no train had been able to go either east or
west of the point where the accident occurred. Men in charge of the
wrecking crew told the Whig that it would be some hours before traffic
waa opened. Most of the new rails on the west track have been laid but
it will take some time to put the cars back. The two baggage cars are
so far sway from the track that it will be a difficult job to get them
Although a number of small pieces of iron were broken on
the pullmans it will not cost a great deal of money to put them in
At eleven oclock on Friday morning a special train
containing officials of the company from Montreal arrived at the scene
of the accident.
Although none of the men had any information to
give out to the press. the general impression is that they found that
the spreading of a rail was tbe cause of the accident. When one of the
men made a measurement between the rails he found that there was a
spreading of about one and one half inches.The workmen noticed that it
was likely at this point the coaches left the rails and for that reason
did not make any alterations until the track was examined by the head
At the Hotel Dieu
Kingston Whig Standard 4 March 1916
FRIDAY UNLUCKY FOR GRAND TRUNK
Three Recent Accidents Have Occurred on a Friday
appears to be an unlucky day for the Grand Trunk Railway, at least it
would appear so in view of the fact that three recent accidents which
occurred in Kingston and district have occurred on a Friday.
weeks ago two freights had a pitch-in at the outer station; a week ago
Miss Edith Wallis, of Lansdowne, lost her lite [sic] when a car was
overturned near the city station and on Friday of this week, the wreck
occurred below Kingston Mills.
Ottawa Journal 3 March 1916
GRAND TRUNK TRAIN JUMPED THE TRACKS
Three Coaches Ditched, Eight Hurt, Only One Seriously, in Passenger Wreck.
Ont., March 3.- The fastt train on the Grand Trunk Railway out of
Montreal, No. 13, was derailed near Kingston Mills, six miles from
here, about 3 o'clock this morning. Three coaches were thrown into the
ditch and eight passengers were injured, but only one seriously. Mrs.
Elizabeth Confray, aged 36, of Montreal, was on her way to Hamilton
with her three children, Ellen, Edith and Mathew [sic], the latter a
baby nine weeks' old. Ellen suffered a fractured arm, and Mrs. Confray
sustained serious cuts about the face and body, but the other two
children escaped uninjured. Ellen Adams, of London, Ont., suffered a
serious shaking-up. The Misses. Josephine and Eva McCaffrey, sisters
residing at 500 Guy Street, Montreal, were badly shaken up. Miss
Josephine McCaffrey was on her way to Battle Creek, Mich., to enter a
sanitarium. Mr. Samuel Frankel, aged 39, of Montreal, is also suffering
from shock. All the injured were brought here on a special train, and
arrived at the Hotel Dieu, where they are doing well. The train was
Kemptville Weekly Advance 9 March 1916
FAST GRAND TRUNK TRAIN WRECKED FRIDAY MORNING
Train of Eight Coaches Left the Rails West of Findley Station, Near Rideau
EIGHT PASSENGERS INJURED
Supply Train and Auxiliary Rushed to The Scene of Accident by Prompt Officials
morning at Two o'clock a disastrous accident occurred on the Grand
Trunk railway system at a point four miles west of Findley, a small day
station located between Thousand Island Junction and Rideau.
train involved was No. 13, the fast express from Montreal to Chicago,
due to pass Brockville at 2:10 a. m. This morning the train in question
was 25 minutes late. It was from Montreal to Brockville in charge of
conductor James Garrett of Toronto, a former well-known resident of
Brockville, and the engineer of the locomotive no. 226 was Alfred Dodd
of Montreal, also a former Brockvillian. At this terminal the engineer
is changed, but not conductors. Dodd's place was taken by engineman Wm.
Adamson of Belleville. All went well until the point stated was
reached, when the train suddenly separated from the engine and the cars
composing it left the track plunging into the ditch. The train at the
time, it is thought, would be moving at a rate of sixty miles an hour,
there being no scheduled stopping place between the T.I. Junction,
outer station for Gananoque and Kingston Junction. How the accident
happened is not known here. It is however conjectured that ice
accumulating on the rails may have been the reason. Fortunately when
the heavy train was ditched the cars remained upright on their own
trucks. The cars are wooden but with steel trucks are exceptionally
heavy, which doubtless accounts for their not upsetting or turning
The particulars are as yet of a very meagre variety. One
report says that a woman and a girl were injured, but today there is no
definite information as the nature or extent of such injuries, if they
So complete was the derailment one car was thrown clear over against a fence at the north side of the tracks.
on the line was for some time entirely suspended and at this time of
writing, no trains have passed the spot. The passengers are being
transshipped by an improvised loop line around the wreck.
So soon as
the message was received at Montreal and Brockville officials of the
company ordered out the big auxiliary apparatus kept at these places
for such emergencies. The one from Montreal was gotten quickly on the
way and had proceeded as far as St. Dominique when a broken wheel
caused it to derail and had not passed Brockville by late afternoon.
The local car foreman, A. E. Laprairie, and his staff, left here for
the wreck on receipt of news.
A special train with general superintendent Bawker and other officials on board went to Findley this morning.
coaches and buffet car of the local to have left here at 8:15, were
rushed to the scene to provide meals for the passengers and crew and to
assist in the transshipping of the passengers.
The eastbound and afternoon passenger trains got in about 5 o'clock.
The International Limited was on time in passing and the passengers were to be transshipped at Findley.
train wrecked is one of the finest equipped in the G.T.R. Service.
Inquiry at the local ticket office has indicated that no Brockville
passengers were on the ill-fated train. The night traffic in the winter
is not as a rule large.- Brockville Recorder.
Kingston, March 3.
- The fast Grand Trunk express from Montreal was derailed while running
fast near Kingston Mills, six miles from here, last night. Three cars
went into the ditch but the passengers had marvellous escapes. Mrs.
Confray of Montreal on her way to Hamilton with three small children
was seriously cut about the face and body, and her daughter Ellen,
suffered a broken arm. Altogether eight passengers were injured and all
are doing well at the Hotel Dieu hosptial here.