“The New Market Wreck”


"The Southern Railway had a wreck at ten o'clock one morn, Near Hodge's and New Market ground...." A conductor misreads his orders, and two trains collide. The singer hopes the other conductor is in heaven, and adds other details


According to Cohen, there is a second song about this event, "The Southern Railroad Wreck," by Charles O. Oaks. It seems to be rarely encountered; neither that nor this appears to be traditional. - RBW

Historical references

  • Sep 24, 1904 -- the New Market Wreck. The conductor of the #15 train admitted to misreading his orders and causing the wreck; reports say that at least 56 people died


  • Mr. & Mrs. J. W. Baker, "The Newmarket Wreck" (Victor 20863, 1927)
  • George Reneau, "The New Market Wreck" (Vocalion 14930, 1924)


  1. Cohen-LSRail, pp. 227-231, "The New Market Wreck" (1 text plus an early sheet music print, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #4904
  3. BI, LSRa228


Author: Robert Hugh Brooks
Earliest date: 1906 (copyright)
Keywords: train wreck death