150 years ago one of the world's worst and deadly train accidents occurred just 1/2 mile away from the center of the Village of Angola. One week prior to Christmas, on December 18, 1867, the last two cars of the Lake Shore Railway elite express train derailed and fell off the forty foot high wooden trestle over the Big Sister Creek in Angola. The accident known as the Angola horror with a death toll of fifty made headlines throughout the nation. Passengers on their way to New York City had mostly boarded in Cleveland, Ohio and were contained in four passenger cars constructed primarily of wood. As the train was leaving the bridge, the last two cars derailed. The last car fell to the frozen creek below, while the car ahead luckily made it to the east side of the bridge, then then slid down the steep embankment. Learn more about this tragic historic event at our Sunday, December 17, 2017 event. Discover how this tragedy changed train safety for the future generations. And learn about the people who were supposed to be on this train, but for some reasons chose not to ride that day and were spared. We have an afternoon packed, which begins with a tour of the bridge site, followed by a variety of speakers, book signings, a special pictorial cancellation to honor this date and more. 4PM Tour to Train Tragedy Site by Caryl Youngers. Bus leaves from the New Angola Theater BOOK SIGNING "The Angola Horror" by Charity Vogel "One on the Ground" by Karen Wielinski CIVIL WAR MUSIC by Fr. John Kwiecien of Most Precious Blood Church and Corinne Damerau-Best POST OFFICE SPECIAL CANCELLATION ON COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE Pictorial Artist: Christian J. LoGrasso 5PM SPEAKERS: Railroad History by Peter Walters Charity Vogel author "The Angola Horror" "A Doctor's View" on site of the tragedy by Tom Schobert, Surgeon Re-enactor Karen Wielinski author of "One on the Ground" Flight 3407 crashed on her home in Clarence, N.Y.
Illustration: The Angola Railroad Disaster - The rear car jumping from the track. (Sketched by J.P. Hoffman) for the HARPER'S WEEKLY newspaper dated January 11, 1868