Historian, writer and research consultant David Votta has worked as History Librarian & Archivist for the Capital Area District Library since 2004. Previous to CADL he was employed at the Detroit Institute of Arts Research Library/Archives and as a freelance reporter for NPR affiliate WDET in Detroit. He has studied at the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia and currently serves on more boards and commissions than he would like to think about.

4 responses to “Lost Lansing: Grand Trunk train wreck of 1941”

  1. Bill

    I remember catching a train there in the mid 60s and hoisting a beer there in the late 70s.
    This is really of gem of train architecture

  2. Bob Garrett

    Good article, Dave! I’ve seen photos of that wreck, but I didn’t know the story of it.

  3. Mackinac Mamma

    I enjoyed dining & dancing in The Depot when it briefly re-opened as a restaurant and space for live blues I believe in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. It had great ambiance and charm.

  4. Walter Martini

    I have been searching for pictures and information about this wreck. I knew it happened because I was there just about 200 feet north in front of Paul’s grocery store. I had stopped to buy a Powerhouse candy bar and was sittIng on my bicycle eating it when the train came through. Normally I would have been standing right down by the tracks and believe that Powerhouse saved my life. I was 9 years old and at almost 80 now I still have a vivid picture of those railroad cars buckling and tipping over. I was 5 blocks from my home and had to bicycle several blocks to Cedar street bridge to get across the tracks. Looking over the bridge railing I saw the engine with A few cars still connected to it. When I arrived home my mother would not believe my story and had to walk down to Washington ave to see for herself. I would really appreciate any comments. Walt or Jerry as I was nicknamed then.

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