Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area

1912, May 14 - Collision on an industrial railway

Morrisburg Leader 16 May 1912

A Collision
While the two dinkey locomotives being used by the firm of Roger, Miller & Co., on their contract at the "Head" were in action Tuesday, a collision occurred by which eight dump cars were demolished. It appears that at the dump there is  Y which is used by one train passing the other. Engineer Blackall had his engine and train down at the steam shovel waiting for a load when Engineer Harry Myers with the other train was giving his engine all steam to get up the grade to the dump when it was discovered too late that the switch was turned the wrong way, the consequence being that instead of going up the grade he ran down grade into the other engine derailing  Blackall's engine. When Myers discovered the misplaced switch he at once reversed his engine, put on full steam and set the brakes thus avoiding a greater impact and possibly complete demolition of Blackall's engine.
Mr. James Meikle, stone inspector, was in Blackall's engine and he was thrown out, while Blackall jumped. Fortunately no one was injured.

Note Roger Miller & Sons had a number of locomotives including MLW 49491-2 (Nos 1 and 2) which were 0-4-0 tanks built 3/1911.

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