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19th-Century Circus Train Crash Mystery

walter l. main circus train memorial day 1893 tyrone man-slayer tigers elephants lions crocodiles horses pythons

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 02 May 2014 - 04:04 PM

The first car to go off the rails held the elephants.

The tigers, lions, horses, crocodiles, pythons and a gorilla known as the "Man-Slayer" followed as the Walter L. Main circus train careened off the tracks down a 30-foot-high (10 meters) embankment, with gold-gilt, steel-barred wagons crashing one on top of the other in the legendary pileup at Tyrone, a small town in central Pennsylvania, on Memorial Day 1893.


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Posted 02 May 2014 - 06:09 PM

That's really terrible. Being somewhat of an animal lover I feel it is really terrible. There's a reason why, if you want to describe some event as horrible practically beyond imagination, you call it a "train wreck". RIP animals! (And of course any people too...)
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Posted 03 May 2014 - 02:08 AM

The beginnings of the famous Tyrone barbecue.

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