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Ben Smith
Who was killed December 28, 2000 while working on a rerailing job in Alma, Michigan for Hulcher Services, Inc.
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7/04/05 Thank you for visiting!  Here, you'll find pictures of train accidents and derailments taken by my son while on the job, informative links, resources, forum, live chat, email, kids page and a memorial for BenPlease take the time to meet the person that took these pictures.  You'll also find "no right click" and although that may be an irritation, it's the only way I could find right now to protect Ben's photos.  You can bookmark and open pages in other windows off of your browser tool bar.  Any link outside of this site will open in a new window so you may need to set your browser to accept pop-ups.  

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The Rail
In Honor of Ben

I can't say that I knew Ben,
but one day we shall meet.
And the smile he still wears,
will make it all complete.

I can't say that I've spoken to Ben
but I can feel his presence near.
He soars with Angels through the sky
while he holds on to his Mom so dear.

I can't say that I've seen his heart
but one day I'll see his face.
And, the hugs shared with his Mom,
will be a warm & loving embrace.

Maybe I can say that I've met Ben.
Maybe he is sending these words to me.
And maybe as he smiles down from Heaven,
he is sending love where it needs to be.

Author
Kaye Des'Ormeaux
Copyright 2002 Kaye Des'Ormeaux
Dedicated to Kathy
In Loving Memory of Ben

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The Mention of His Name

"The mention of my child's name 
May bring tears to my eyes, 
But it never fails to bring 
Music to my ears. 
If you are really my friend, 
Let me hear the beautiful music of his name.
It soothes my broken heart 
And sings to my soul."

Author Unknown
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Association of American Railroads
Railroad Transportation Teachers Kit 1952
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train wreck with smoke bellowing in the air
train wreck in snow, unidentified
photo of inside old train, unidentified
Don't know what this is....inside of something.  Maybe it goes with the Virginia Museum photos or maybe not. 
These are 2 of several photos that weren't with other sets, just mixed.  The others coming soon. Click to enlarge
twin engine train wreck in 100 year old bridge
Two diesel engines sit crammed under a 100-year-old bridge on the main CSX east-west line. Four engines that were linked rolled away from an Akron terminal yard at 6:45 yesterday morning and struck a fifth train. CSX has yet to determine how the trains got loose. Cranes roll up to the crash site of two CSX diesel engines stuck under a bridge. The cranes, or sidewinders, arrived yesterday to remove the trains, each of which weighs 150 to 180 tons.
Copyright (c) 2000 Akron Beacon Journal

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