Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area

1871, December 20 - Car derailed on a royal train near Irish Creek, Brockville and Ottawa Railway.

Perth Courier 22 December 1871


Last Wednesday afternoon, the special train conveying the Grand Duke Alexis and suite from Ottawa to Brockville met with a slight mishap on its way. The train included four of the Pulman palace-cars in its complement ; and when three or four miles south of Irish Creek the third of those from the last was thrown off the track by a frost-broken rail, the Prince being in the rear car.- This ill fortune was met promptly and effectively. The occupants of the three rear cars, including the illustrious Royal passenger, were at once transferred to the first car. The vacant carriages were then uncoupled, and the now reorganized train, after delay of only a few minutes, proceeded on its way rejoicing. This is the way they manage matters on the B. & O. Railway.

(Note: Grand Duke Alexei of Russia toured North America in 1871-72)

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