AOS to Offer Events Marking Anniversary of 1950 Troop Train Collision in West Lafayette, Ohio

The Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum will pay tribute to soldiers who were killed in a 1950 Ohio rail disaster with a virtual event that begins on Sept. 11.

The collision on Sept. 11, 1950, between a westbound troop train and the Spirit of St. Louis of the Pennsylvania Railroad near West Lafayette killed 33 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard en route to Camp Atterburry in Indiana.

AOS said in a news release that visitors to its website will be able to view a series of posts and videos exploring aspects of wartime railroading, historic materials related to that history, and information and images depicting the 1950 collision.

The posts will begin on Sept. 11 and be completed the next day.

The event is being undertaken in partnership with the West Lafayette Historical Society, which has an extensive collection of historic materials relating to 1950 crash.

These include original newspaper accounts, historic newspaper press photographs, personal photos, and artifacts from the wreck site.

These items will be displayed in the Roundhouse’s Depot exhibit building on public tour days of Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays during September and October.

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