Circus Train derailment : LUSENET : Central of Georgia Railway Historical Soc : One Thread

I am looking for any info and or pictures of a derailment that happened outside of Columbus, Ga in 1915. It involved a passenger train and a circus train. I think I have found the about location of the wreck, but would love to know for sure. If anyone has any info please let me know. Thanks so much. Jan

-- janice Page (, August 05, 2002


Many of the dead from this wreck are buried in Riverdale Cemetary (Victory Drive @ 10th Avenue) in Columbus Georgia. There is (or was) a monument there memorializing the dead and the wreck. The monument was severely damaged by "souvenir hunters" (aka vandals) chipping off pieces of the monument. I am sure that there are articles in the Columbus papers (available on microflim at the Bradley (main) library in Columbus.

-- Bill Buck (, April 08, 2003.

Well, i don't know the location but i know that the cause was that a ID number was stamped on on a finished wheel that was on the circus train. Then when the circus train was leaving the stamped wheel broke sending the train out of contro; and then the train blew passed a red light and collided with the other train.

well, thats what i heard!

-- Nick Zurku (, April 07, 2003.

See page 120 of Richard Prince's book Central of Georgia Railway and Connecting lines. The ICC investigator's report should be found at railroads. If you don't have book or need help contact me by private e-mail.

-- Steve Riley (, August 05, 2002.

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