1906 postcard with photo of fatal CPR train wreck near Azilda Ontario

Photo of two C.P.R. trains that collided head-on. Passengers standing beside wreck, horse-drawn carriage tied to fence post. A dozen people were killed in this crash.

Azilda is in Northern Ontario, near Sudbury.

Labeled at bottom ‘Wreck at Azilda on C. P. Ry. Sep 12, 1906

On back, text from brother to sister in Manitoulin. Postmarked twice ‘CARTIER  MR 2 07 ONT’, on 1¢ Edward VII stamp. Cartier is located NW of Sudbury.

Couple of bumps on front. These are from the postal cancellations on back being applied with force!


On Sept. 12 1906, on the CPR railroad near Azilda, a tragic train wreck occured. A dozen people lost their lives and 40 were injured when two passenger trains collided. The head-on crash between westbound train No. 1 and eastbound train No. 2 is attributed to the malfunctions of the second train’s brakes. Two dangling chains shut off the air cock between the second and third car of the train, and when the engineer put on the brakes, only the ones on the first three cars came on. With not enough power to stop, the train overran the passing point and collided solidly with the westbound one. The train conductor was not held responsible for the shattering collision.


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