Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area

  1898, March 13 - Derailment at Sharbot Lake

Chesterville Record 17 March 1898

A Canadian Pacific passenger train of four coaches was derailed about three miles east of Sharbot Lake on Saturday morning about 10.40 o'clock.  A sprung rail was the cause of the accident.  The engine and the fore truck of the tender did not leave track and the baggage car held to the ties, but the passenger coaches were overturned and thrown into the ditch.  The coaches were considerably damaged and the track, ties and railbed were torn up for a distance of two hundred yards.  Nobody was hurt.  There were twenty passengers on the train, most of whom were were in the coach behind the baggage car.  This coach was thrown on its side and brought up against a large boulder.  Sir Frank Smith and Senator Lougheed were the only passengers in the rear car and, although badly shaken up, escaped uninjured.

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