Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area

1973, March 19 - 23 cars derailed at Limoges, CN Alexandria subdivision

Ottawa Journal  Monday 19 March 1973

Crash blocks CN line
LIMOGES (Staff) Canadian National Railway officials say it will be at least 24 hours before service is restored on the main line to Montreal following a derailment here early this morning.
Twenty-three cars of an 83-car freight train jumped the track about 4.15 a.m. scattering tons of grain, crumpling box cars and tearing up track for about a  mile in this village about 15 miles southeast of Ottawa.
Crew members, working at both ends of the train, escaped injury.
Heavy wrecking equipment from Smiths Falls and Montreal will be needed to remove debris and clear the right of way.
Box cars of grain and a number of flat cars loaded with heavy-duty construction equipment equipment left the rails at a level crossing in the middle of the village rousing residents from their sleep.
The remainder of the train was towed to Montreal.
All freight and passenger service service between Ottawa and Montreal Montreal will have to be re-routed over Canadian Pacific rail lines. CNR officials said.
The cause of the wreck is under under investigation.
The force of the derailment wrenched wheels from cars, scattered debris for a mile and tossed bulldozer and heavy tractors carried on the flat cars into deep ditches and into back yards.
Damage estimates are not immediately available.

Ottawa Journal  Tuesday 20 March 1973

Grain spills from a twisted boxcar at the site of a 23-car  derailment derailment on the CNR Ottawa-Montreal line in this village about 15 miles southeast of Ottawa. The cars jumped the tracks at a level crossing Monday: CNR officials said the tracks were expected to be cleared today, but that new rails would have to be put down before the line could be opened again. (Journal Ptiofo by Dow Bray)

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