The Peoria, Decatur & Evansville Railway


On Tuesday, July 12th, 1938 around 7:00pm, train 272 with 37 cars and a caboose was just south of Allenville when it was struck by a tornado.  Cars number 1 and 7-16 were blown off the track and 200 ft of track were torn up.  The crew were: T.M. Thomas (engineer), O.L. French (fireman), H.T. Harper (conductor), C.C. Crist (brakeman), and C.W. Miller (brakeman). 

(Unknown Photographer)


IC X-90, a Shaw Electric 100-ton crane built in November 1911 and stationed at Mattoon, works on an IC boxcar toppled by the tornado. 

(Unknown Photographer)


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