Archival footage shows two steam locomotives being destroyed when they crash into each other at the 1913 California State fair. The crash was staged for the enjoyment of the gathered crowd using locomotives that were ready for the scrap heap. Enterprising businessmen had discovered they could buy the locomotives very cheaply and charge admissions to view the crash. Sometimes things did not go quite as planned with onlookers often injured by flying debris.
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