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Santa Fe engine blows up, killing rail worker and ripping roofs off buildings
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Photograph shows the remains of a Santa Fe locomotive of a Doheny Park after an explosion killed one man and damaged nearby buildings. The blast was heard for several miles, but cars on the track with the wrecked engine suffered little harm. Only the wheels and undercarriage of the locomotive where left after the mysterious explosion. Federal agents seek cause of the blast. Photograph dated June 8, 1949.
1 photographic print :b&w ;20 x 25 cm. on sheet 21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 41
Santa Fe Southern Railway Company
Locomotives--California--San Juan Capistrano
Explosions--California--San Juan Capistrano
Debris--California--Los Angeles
Doheny State Park (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)
San Juan Capistrano (Calif.)
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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