And with trains there are a lot in the future. Unfortunately the Blue Comet also had its fair share of accidents happen.
Boxing day 1935 brought a small fire in the roof of the dining car Giaccobini. The fire was discovered while the train was en route to Red Bank by the chef. Staff tried to put out the fire themselves with fire extinguishers, however the origin of the fir was inaccessible. Due to an overheated flue from the coal stove the roof structure started to burn between the ceiling and the roof of the dining car. Eventually firefighters were summoned as the train pulled into the station and the fire was put out very quickly. This ‘little’ accident made the train arrive just only 22 minutes behind schedule in Atlantic City.
In august 1939, just a month before the break out of the Second World War. The train was traveling east-bound with a combine, 2 coaches, a diner and an observation car. In total the train carried 49 passengers and its crew. The weather was abysmal that day. Due to the rain the crew had reduced speed. Also the heavy rain fall produced some sand banks along the tracks. Suddenly the train was hit by a washout, the surface water had overwhelmed two culverts and undermined the roadbed. This causing for the rear tender truck to derail. Luckily the engine and tender made it across the damaged track. This derailment caused for the rear truck floating lever to be harmed. With this lever damaged, the tender brakes became inoperative. And so due to the uncoupling, the train became derailed. A total of 500 feet of train track was destroyed or damaged. After some time people at the station started to wonder where the train went so they started to wade through the water filled forest to finally reach the accident. Soon reports started to show up that more then a 100 people were killed due to the accident and all ambulances were mobilized. Actually and luckily, only 49 people were on board. The injured included 32 passengers, 4 dining car employees, 1 porter and 1 train service employee. The chef was crushed and badly scalded in the kitchen of the dining car when the stove fell on top of him as the car overturned. He, unfortunately, died later from his injuries. The majority of the injuries were minor, resulting from the flying chairs in the observation car. After the accident the crew replaced about 600 feet of damaged track in approximately 48 hours. All of the equipment involved in the wreck was repaired and returned to service, except for the dining car Giaccobini. Being unusable, the dining car found a now home as a rail yard freight office. An investigation concluded that the derailment was caused by the washout which resulted from the unusually heavy rainfall. Today, the mainline track and wreck site are abandoned and very overgrown by nature however you can still find some track evidence if you go take a closer look (you can check that out here).
Also unfortunately during its history some crossing accidents occurred. However I will not reach into detail out of respect of the deceased.
So there you have it, during its 12 year existence, the Blue Comet only had 1 major derailment accident.