Blind Curve near Nashville Called Dutchman’s Curve

Blind Curve near Nashville Called Dutchman۪s Curve Geography Disasters

Dutchman’s Curve, in 1918, was an area along the single-track section of railway near Nashville, Tennessee.

Because of the blind-curve nature of the place, it was impossible for the engineers on two trains traveling toward each other—on the same single track—to realize they were about to collide.

Each train was traveling between 50-60 miles per hour. Each engine weighed around 80 tons.

This image depicts Dutchman’s Curve as it appeared at about the time of the 1918 collision. We see the curve from the perspective of train No. 1 (the Express Train traveling from Memphis to Nashville).Train No. 1 had the right of way.

The photo is part of the official investigation into the wreck which occurred near Dutchman's Curve on July 9, 1918.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5155stories and lessons created

Original Release: May 16, 2015

Updated Last Revision: Jun 02, 2016

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Image—Figure 5—from the "Interstate Commerce Commission's Report of the Chief of the Bureau of Safety Covering the Investigation of an Accident Which Occurred on the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway at Nashville, Tenn., on July 9, 1918."


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