Debris from Crush, Texas
Mystery metal secaucus


Crush, Texas




Creates a force equal to 50 kilograms of TNT.


None Identified


Throwing or applying sudden, strong force.

Collected by

Warehouse 13







Date of Collection

July 28, 1953



This was a publicity stunt formed by William George Crush, an employee of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, known as the Katy. The idea was to smash two no longer needed trains together because train wrecks always made front page news. Admission was free, but they charged a fare to take passengers to the location, three miles outside a Texas town. Around 40,00 people showed up, temporarily making Crush, Texas the second largest city in the state.

The plan was to have the two trains on the same track and drive toward each other, with the crew to jump off at some point. Each train had a speed of 45 miles when they smashed into each other. Unexpectedly, the crash caused both engine boilers to explode. Pieces of the trains rained down, killing three, injuring many and a bolt taking out an eye of the event photographer. Afterwards, spectators took home pieces of debris and musician Scott Joplin may have been among the crowds.


The piece of debris has not been identified as which train it came off of or what piece of a train it is. It is able to apply 200 megajoules, or a force equal to 50 kilograms of TNT. This is achieved when the debris is thrown, kicked, launched or has a sudden and strong force applied to it. This force is transferred into whatever it touches at the end of its trajectory, so it is recommended not to play kick the can with it.

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