Narrow Gauge Train Derailment, Alna, 1905

Contributed by Winslow Historical Preservation Committee


Train accident of the morning of Friday, September 12, 1905 at Alna, Maine.

Engine #4 was derailed. This train was part of the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway, a narrow gauge line that operated from about 1895-1934.

On the morning of the accident, the train was heading for Wiscasset. Among the passengers were sixty-five Freemasons from Waterville on their way to visit another chapter in Wiscasset. The wreck came to be known as "The Masons' Wreck".

The train was steaming up an incline and was passing over a short, open bridge when the engine jumped the rails and ran into the shallow brook. The box car, the express car, and the postal and baggage cars piled up. The two passenger cars did not leave the tracks. There were no injuries in the accident.

Information source: "Two Feet to Tidewater; Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway" by Robert C. Jones & David L. Register.

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  • Title: Narrow Gauge Train Derailment, Alna, 1905
  • Creation Date: 1905-09-12
  • Subject Date: 1905-09-12
  • Town: Alna
  • County: Lincoln
  • State: ME
  • Media: Photograph on torn matboard
  • Local Code: 00071
  • Object Type: Image

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Winslow Historical Preservation Committee
Winslow Public Library, 136 Halifax Street, Winslow, ME 04901
(207) 872-1978

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