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Steam locomotive #351, Jordan Spreader X-190 and a couple of freight cars were involved in a derailment in Sawyer, Wisconsin in the mid-1940s.

GB&W #351 was pushing plow X-190 through the south end of the siding in Sawyer, and it appears that the trailing truck of X-190 picked the switch point.  The 2-8-0 tried to follow; her tender then zigged when the rest of the locomotive zagged, and a boxcar, loaded coal gondola, and a second boxcar accordioned into the mess.

The wreck was pretty fresh in these photos, as the ol' #351 is still steaming away as it lies on it's side!

Jordan Spreader KGB&W X-190 was acquired in the 1930s from the Wisconsin & Michigan Railroad.  It is still in operation on the Canadian National Railway (as of 2015).  This photo shows the X-190 is an early paint scheme.  It appears dark gray or black (the photo's exposure with the snow makes it difficult to be sure).  KGB&W's Hart convertible gondolas acquired from the W&M RR at the same time appear to be painted black in other photos of the same era as this photo.

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ca. 1945
From the collection of Andy Laurent.
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