On September 23, 2017, The Metlar-Bodine House Museum Presents:

The Wreck of The Broker: The Story of New Jersey’s Deadliest Train Wreck
A presentation and book signing with author-historian Gordon Bond

On the drizzly evening of February 6, 1951, the Pennsylvania Railroad commuter train known as “The Broker” derailed in Woodbridge, NJ, killing 85 and injuring hundreds, in what remains the deadliest railroad accident in the state’s history and among the top five in the United States.  What happened is reasonably well-understood. The Broker hit a temporary track around a New Jersey Turnpike construction site going between 50 and 65-miles-per-hour, though the speed limit was set at 25 MPH. Why it happened, however, is an area of controversy that few (if any) histories have fully explored.  Gordon Bond has written an in-depth book titled “MAN FAILURE: The Story of New Jersey’s Deadliest Train Wreck.” He gives a summary of his research in his presentation.

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About the Speaker

Gordon Bond is an independent historian, author and lecturer, and is also the founder and ePublisher of www.GardenStateLegacy.com, a free online quarterly magazine dedicated to New Jersey history.  He is the author of four books focusing on aspects of New Jersey history and has written a large number of articles and reviews for Garden State Legacy. Copies of “MAN FAILURE” will be available for purchase ($30 + tx) and autographing.


Where:  The Metlar-Bodine House Museum, 1281 River Road, Piscataway, 08854

Time:  2:00pm – 4:30pm

Cost:  $12 per person, refreshments included

Limited seating, reservations strongly advised

The Dutch Door Gift Shop open

Information, reservations:   732-463-8363 or visit the museum’s website, or for reservations:  https://goo.gl/uFQ5QP

Handicap accessible

Website:  http://metlarbodinehousemuseum.org

Email:  metlarbodine@gmail.com


Museum entrance and parking:  From River Rd, onto Hillcrest Dr. to top of hill, left onto Logan Lane, proceed straight to upper parking area (a cul-de-sac).  

Limited handicap parking available in the lower parking area (at bottom of hill).  Please call ahead.