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Railfan Pictures of the Day - 07/17/2006

SEPTA Main Line Fellwick Station Fort Washington PA July 16 2006
Commemorations of the 150th anniversary of the Camp Hill train wreck of July 17 1856, the worst train disaster at that time, were held at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church in the Kensington section of Philadelphia (where many of the passengers were members out for a trip to the country), Fellwick Station in Fort Washington (near the site of the accident) and in the town Ambler PA (the home of Mary Ambler, the heroine who helped many of the survivors and for whom the town, known then as Wissahickon, was renamed in her honor after her death).
A gathering at Fellwick Station to honor the memory with readings and poems
Just after the memorial, a southbound SEPTA train rounds the curve and approaches the now closed station, which is currently being used as a staging area for the cab signalling work now being done on the line. Ironically, it is signalling like this that will improve safety on the rails and might have prevented the head on collision on the R2 Warminster Line on July 1 2006.
The view looking south from the station. In 1856, this line looked much different, as it was single tracked and did not have the electrification infrastructure that was erected in the 1930's.
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