THE NATURAL HISTORY ROOM
The 1935 Labor Day Hurricane Shelf
This page by Jerry Wilkinson
- The Relief Train -
Again the lead-off photo sets the scene. Locomotive
447 is clearly seen as well as some of the other cars. They, like all objects,
were washed towards the bay (northwest). The depot was just to the right
of the seventh car. The FERA storage tent was to the right of the fifth
car. Farther to the right on the corner of De Leon and the highway and
barely visible is the remains of the post office. The white rectangular
area in the upper right was the location that FERA was to build a school.
Lets go to some close-ups.
It is not certain if the wooden wreckage is
from the FERA storage, the depot or both. The train provided a strainer
for much debris.
Similar to image number 1, but this is at ground
level. Other than normally obscure details, the significance of the photo
is that the people who were in the locomotive's cab testified that the
water came into cab and put the boiler fire out. The track's elevation
here was about nine feet.
A close-up of the baggage cars across from
where the depot was.
A close-up of the passenger cars. Note that
the windows are broken, however since the doors are on the other side,
they could have been broken to get out.
It is not certain whether these cars were off
the relief train or some that were parked on a siding. Probably because
of the boxcar's shape, they appeared to have washed farther from the track
than the more streamline cars.
We close this page with the rolling-stock wrecker
that later retrieved the railroad equipment. A temporary track, sometimes
called a shoo-fly track, was constructed for retrieval.
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