Train Wreck of January 28, 1911

Train Wreck in Elsie, Clinton County, Michigan


The following photos document a train wreck in Elsie which occurred on the line which connected Elsie with Ann Arbor, Michigan. The fifth, sixth, and seventh photos state the wreck occurred January 28, 1911. The first four photos were taken by W. W. Wooll of Elsie, one of the many relatives of Betsy Wooll Tillotson. The fifth photo (with the date) was taken by Sheldon Wight, another well-known photographer from Elsie. The photographers of the sixth and seventh photos are not named.

Train wreck in Elsie, Michigan Folks standing on the track are watching a locomotive pulling parts of the wrecked train cars out of a ditch.
Train wreck in Elsie, Michigan Workers are looking at a tank car still balanced on the trestle.
Train wreck in Elsie, Michigan Workers are trying to get the tank car back on the tracks.
Train wreck in Elsie, Michigan Folks are looking over the damage.
Train wreck in Elsie, Michigan This photo says the train wreck occurred on January 28, 1911. It is the same accident as that shown in the four photos above.
Train wreck in Elsie, Michigan This photo also says the train wreck occurred on January 28, 1911. Two children pose in the derailed car immediately behind the locomotive engine.
Train wreck in Elsie, Michigan This photo also says the train wreck occurred on January 28, 1911. Onlookers watch as a crane car attempts to right the derailed car.


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