Thank you for sharing the link. I didn't know anything about the picture at all. I just saw it in with a bunch of other pictures with a theme of "having a bad day". Thought it was cool and wanted to share it with everyone.
Just a few minutes ago I was at the library reading a book about the wabash. It has a section about Derailments, Washouts, and 'Cornfield Meets' (a.k.a., head-on collisions). Some other pix of bad days!
I seem to recall an old before/after sequence of a Shay Locomotive. The first was of the Shay parked on a wooden trestle with its Engineer and Fireman posing in front for the camera; the second was of the Shay at the bottom of the ravine amongst wooden timbers after the bridge failed under its weight! I can't recall if the crew survived or not.
Anybody seen that disaster floating around the inter-web?