Saturday, August 29, 2015

The May 12, 1899 Exeter Train Wreck revisited

The May 12, 1899 Exeter Train Wreck revisited



This just in from the Historical Society of Montgomery County:

On May 12, 1899, after spending the day in Harrisburg for the dedication of a statue to Montgomery County’s native son, General John F. Hartranft, the weary travelers from Montgomery County were eager to return home. They boarded two trains bound for Norristown.

Suddenly at a point in Exeter, Berks County, the silence was broken by the wrenching of the train from its track and the piercing sound of twisted metal, as one train slammed into another. Twenty-nine people were killed, many of them Norristown natives who are buried in Montgomery Cemetery.

Learn their stories and hear what really happened that day, and who was to blame for the tragedy.

The talk will take place at the historic Montgomery Cemetery, One Hartranft Ave, West Norriton, Pa., in the newly-restored cemetery gatehouse.

While the events stem from true historical events, the talk will be delivered in dramatic fashion. First presented in 2009, the lecture has been updated with new research and discoveries.

Refreshments will be served.

For further information, call 610-272-0297 or e-mail

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