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Trainnews - volume 8 - issue 131
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Date: July 06, 2015 08:01PM

Trainnews - volume 8 - issue 131 - 07/062/15

This day in Railroad History

July 6, 1881
17-year-old Kate Shelley risked her life in a raging storm crawling over the Des Moines River High Bridge to warn the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad about a collapsed bridge that was about to claim a 200 passenger express train. Kate lived near the collapsed bridge over Honey Creek and heard the noise when a freight plunged into the swollen stream. Kate, the daughter of a section foreman, knew the eastbound midnight express would also crash. The intensity of the storm meant she had to crawl across the High Bridge to reach the station to the west where the train could be stopped. The original bridge was replaced in 1900, and then again in 2009. Both bridges were named in honor of Kate Shelley.

Tonight's Photo - Please send photos to

4449 near Watsonville, CA in 1981. Taken from Elkhorn Road just north of
Elkhorn Slough, south of Watsonville, CA. It was the result of a call
from a co-worker who heard from a friend that it was coming through,
about when it arrived in Salinas. Panic drive to Watsonville, set up,
and this. Very foggy/overcast day (typical of the area), with only a
handful of fans. Ran over to Aromas after this (the train stopped in
Watsonville for about 20 minutes) got some shots near the Logan quarry
(with even fewer fans), but not as nice as this one. I couldn't get to
the 1981 Railfair in Sacramento, but this part of it (via LA) came to me.

Mike Brady Photo


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