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PRR - 1959 Accident
The Pennsy had a number of complex switches on both sides of Columbus Union Station. In 1959 they were hand thrown by a switch tender under the direction of the tower man. Here is one instance when management wished they had installed interlock control on their "puzzle" switches. Two Pennsy freight trains, that were supposed to be passing each other, reached the offending switch at the same time - how's that for happenstance? That would have been OK if the switches had been aligned properly. Instead the eastbound train was routed into the side of the westbound freight's locomotive by the misaligned switch derailing both locomotives and bringing their trains to an abrupt stop.
This happened east of Fourth Street. The route both trains were taking is the Union Station bypass that ran along the south side of Union Station. The tracks are upgrade eastbound through this area and also encountered a curve getting around Union Station. The abrupt stop of the east bound train caused some cars to jump the track back along side Union Station.
The accident blocked the B&O - PRR main and even leaned over the NYC route, blocking the Big Four to Cleveland and the path for the N&W's passenger train to Portsmouth. Once the lead F7 was removed the Pennsy passenger trains could used Columbus Union Station's Track 7 and 8, normally reserved for the NYC, and took a route around the accident that included going through The Pennsy's Yard B.