In 1852 Benjamin W. Grover, who was elected as state governor, introduced a bill to authorize the construction of a railroad. The bill was passed and in 1852 citizens started to work on the new railroad.
that the railroad was the best thing to happen to Warrensburg when it first
came out. But, it wasn't all fun and games. Some of the most
tragic things happened because of it.
Take for example, In 1940, Maurice Schwab, a forty year old candy salesmen from Lexington. He was driving along, when suddenly his car stalled on the tracks. A train was coming and had no warning of the car on the tracks. When the conductor finally saw the car it was too late to stop. Maurice, too shocked to move, stared at the thundering locomotive as it hurdled toward him, until it finally hit him. He died instantly.
Another tragic story was on March 21, 1904. Two trains were heading straight for each other, and crashed. The travelers in the back cars of the train, were either shaken up or injured, (there were over fifty injured). But most of the people in the front cars had died. Twenty-seven died instantly and three more people died later in the hospital, making a total of thirty deaths. One of the cruelest things about it was that all the dead bodies had all of their valuables stolen. People said it was the worst wreck since 1856, when a train plunged into a river.
Probably one of the worst wrecks for sports fans was on July 4, 1947, when the entire Mules team died in a train crash.
Well enough of all this death stuff, let us talk about some memorable things that happened. In 1971 Warrensburg replaced the old wooden railroad crossing signs with the new flashing signal signs.
On May 25, 1971, a Turbo Train stopped in Warrensburg, on its way to New York. It was powered by a gas turbine engine, and could go up to 150 miles per hour.
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Paul, Brooke, Stephanie, and Courtney.
Railroad Transportation: by J.L. Ferguson
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