Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Train Wreck at the Beloeil Bridge

The St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railroad through Beloeil, Canada was completed in December 1848, finishing the link between Montreal and Saint-Hyacinthe.  Unfortunately, in 1864, a passenger train passing over the Richelieu River derailed and plunged downward to destruction.  Ninety-nine passengers, mostly German emigrants, and railroad employees lost their lives in the worst rail disaster in the history of Canada.

A tombstone of detritus covered the river and the barge under the wreckage.  The hopes, dreams and futures of so many were lost in less than a minute.  When considering their possible descendancy, how many lives were truly lost on that sad day?

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