Hurricanes Case
The 1935 Labor Day Hurricane Shelf
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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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