Railfanning Review: Death on the Rails (Part II)

In an earlier episode, I introduced my talk on “Death on the Rails,” a look at the many ways death might befall people on the rails, whether they were workers, passengers or innocent bystanders.

As part of my talk, I highlighted three wrecks, including a 1915 wreck involving a circus train near Columbus, Georgia. I wanted to share that part of my talk.

— Todd DeFeo


  • Intro: “Waiting on My Train to Come,” recorded live at the Southeastern Railway Museum on August 2, 2020. Written by Todd DeFeo, (c) 2006, 2020 by Todd DeFeo (ASCAP). From “A Guy Walks Into a Train Museum.”
  • Outro: “Casey Jones,” recorded May 13, 2023, live at the Smyrna History Museum in Smyrna, Georgia. Adapted and arranged by Todd DeFeo, (c) 2023 by Todd DeFeo (ASCAP).

Sound Effects

  • Diesel Horn: Recorded at the Southeastern Railway Museum on November 14, 2020.
  • Steam Train: 1880s Train, recorded September 12, 2020, in Hill City, South Dakota.

Show Notes

  • This is an edited and condensed version of a presentation at the Smyrna Public Library, recorded on August 6, 2023.

Podcast produced by Joe Nevark.

Railfanning Review Podcast

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