“The C. & O. Wreck (1913)”


Men are at work on the C & O bridge at Guyandotte, but a train is given permission to cross it. The bridge fails, taking the train, the engineer, and seven bridge workers with it. The ballad ends with the usual wish for the widow and orphans


Laws has some notes about the actual facts of this case (NAB, pp. 65-66) - RBW

Historical references

  • Jan 1, 1913 - Reported date of the C. & O. Wreck at Guyandott(e), West Virginia


  • George Reneau, "The C & O Wreck" (Vocalion 14897, 1924)


  1. Laws G4, "The C. & O. Wreck"
  2. Gardner/Chickering 121, "The Seno Wreck" (1 text)
  3. Combs/Wilgus 73, pp. 172-174, "The C. & O. Wreck" (1 text)
  4. Cohen-LSRail, p. 274, "The C & O Wreck" (notes only)
  5. Roud #3248
  6. BI, LG04


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1924 (recording, George Reneau)
Keywords: train death wreck
Found in: US(Ap,MW)