The Little Falls Historical Society Museum

1940 Gulf Curve Train Wreck

LITTLE FALLS — Friday, April 19, 1940, saw the Benton Hall Academy holding a dance for the high school students of Little Falls. A night filled with fun and dancing was winding down when suddenly at 11:33 p.m. the mood went from joyous to shock and horror. Less than a quarter of a mile down the street from the school was the Gulf Curve, which was the sharpest curve in the New York Central Railroad System.