Photos of the accident scene near Conrad, Mont., taken a day or two after the April 5, 1957 rear-end collision of 2nd train #495 with 1st #495.

The first section of westbound train #495 was entering the siding at Conrad when it was struck from behind by following second section, traveling at an estimated speed of 33 m.p.h. at the time of impact. 

The weather was cloudy and a light rain was falling at the time of the accident, which occurred about 6:35 p.m.

The flagman of First 495 and the front brakeman of Second 495 were killed. The conductor of First 495 and the engineer and fireman of Second 495 were injured.
 


Photos by Warren Lederer, courtesy of Lou Lederer.

  • Accident scene in Conrad, Mont., looking west, with Pendroy Rd. visible at right.
  • Loco #216 was the 2nd unit in the consist.
  • Accident scene in Conrad, Mont., looking west, at the point of impact.
  • Accident scene in Conrad, Mont., with lead engine 218 on the left, 216 to the right and 211 in the middle.
  • Accident scene in Conrad, Mont. as the two wreckers claw through the wreckage.
  • The Big Hook moves in on #211.
  • Accident scene in Conrad probably taken on April 6, 1957, the day after the accident. The local boys are taking in the carnage.
  • Looking west.
  • Grain spills from one car at the accident scene in Conrad, Mont., shortly after the April 5, 1957 rear-end collision of 2nd train #495 with 1st #495.
  • Accident scene in Conrad, Mont., shortly after the April 5, 1957 rear-end collision of 2nd train #495 with 1st #495.
  • #211 remained nearly upright.
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