Good. Set of 52 photographs of catastrophic train derailments and pile-ups. This collection spans from the 1880s to the 1950s. Most images in the collection are from the 1890s to the 1910s. This set includes 15 RPPCs, 11 gelatin silvers, 24 mounted photos, and 1 b&w photo. Photographs range in size from 2 ¼" x 4" to 6 ¾" x 8 ¾". Twelve are annotated or have information in the negative. Photos are housed in modern albums. Most photos have good exposure but a handful are fuzzy or washed. Condition ranges from fair to very good. Most photos have light silvering or deterioration but some have moderate to heavy yellowing and soiling. Mounts have moderate chipping and soiling. A handful of gelatin silvers have corner mounts still affixed or glue and paper residue on verso. Overall good.This collection of photographs depicts train wrecks throughout the United States and Canada. Railcars are seen derailed, piled up against other railcars or smashed into buildings with spilled cargo, twisted metal and splintered wood. Bystanders seem to flock to wrecks as if they were a fun event for the whole family. Railways and locations represented in this wreckage includes the Chicago & Northwestern, the Candian Pacific Railway, the Baltimore & Ohio, the Illinois Central, Battle Creek, Michigan, Debeque, Colorado, New York City, Webster City, Iowa, Philip, South Dakota, and Benedict, Kansas. A fascinating collection for the railfan. .
(Inventory #: 008046)