The Death Car in Cleveland

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Fall is my favorite time of the year because I love the crisp air, beautiful colors brought on by the falling leaves, scary movies, going to haunted houses and of course ghosts. Here in Cleveland we are lucky enough to have many spooky places to visit. The Midwest Railway Preservation is one of those stops I need to go to on West 3rd Street in the Flats. They are home of the historic B&O Roundhouse & The Death Car.

August 30th, 1943 the Lackawanna Limited passenger train was traveling with over 500 people and 11 cars attached. They were running twenty minutes behind schedule and to make up lost time they were speeding ahead at 70 MPH. The engineer noticed a moving switcher freight engine on the siding and assumed it would stop. Unfortunately, by the time he realized it was not, he hit the emergency brakes but it was too late and the Lackawanna sideswiped the engine. In doing so they split open it's steam engine. The passengers that were stuck inside and were scalded with boiling hot water and steam. Twenty-six people died immediately, 2 died in the hospital later and 114 other passengers were injured.

The train car somehow remained intact after the incident. It was renovated and later used in a movie starring Robert Redford "The Natural." Many say the ghosts are still aboard the train trying to desperately close the windows that might have saved their lives. So if you are into getting in touch with spirits from the other side, I highly encourage you to visit this spot. You can drop by the Midwest Railway Preservation Society during one of their Open Houses.

If you are not into the spooky, the also offer rides with Santa starting November 30th. For more information visit MidwestRailway.Org

 
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