Site of the Disastrous Train Wreck

Railroad bridge near White River Junction, VT.

I came across this 19th century railroad bridge while driving along the White River in Vermont. I was struck by the immense cement bases and heavy ironwork of the tracks, looking ancient, colossal, and impressive in the bright summer sun. I waded into the river and painted scene, returning two more times over the course of a week.

In 1887 the bridge was the site of a Disastrous Train Wreck, the worst rail disaster in Vermont history, when the rear cars of the Montreal Express fell for the tracks and burst into flames, destroying the train and the bridge. The massive cement piers at the base survived, and were incorporated in the replacement.

The Bridge

The Paintings

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