Train Wreck, Lincoln, Al

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Cjcrescent

Master Mechanic
#21
For sure on the delays. The crew of the lower train had been walking up and down the track, then a crew van came and picked them up. I don't think that van dropped any one off to take over.

I've seen them do that a couple of times there. The crews outlaw, and they "lock up" the lead unit and leave in a crew van. Then 30-45 min later another van pulls up, a new crew gets out, climbs onto the train and the train leaves.

'Course in this case, they couldn't. Had another train in front of 'em.
 
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grande man

Bonafied Grande Nut
#22
Latest word from the local media is that the train on the siding was clear of the main, but the switch never realigned for the mainline... I'm interested to see where this investigation goes. Could this have been equipment failure or a dispatching issue?
 

Cjcrescent

Master Mechanic
#23
grande man said:
Latest word from the local media is that the train on the siding was clear of the main, but the switch never realigned for the mainline... I'm interested to see where this investigation goes. Could this have been equipment failure or a dispatching issue?
Todays B'ham News had a nice picture of the wreck and start of the clean-up. It also said that the preliminary report from NTSB, said they don't know why the switch, which is controlled from the Atlanta dispatch office, was misaligned.:rolleyes: They said that the NTSB expects their investigation would be complete in 3-5 days. Doesn't these things generally take longer? Or is it so obvious at the office that a dispatcher, and not the crew screwed up?;);)

As a minor laugh to go with this story, this morning also on one of the morning news shows here, "Good Day Alabama", they had a reporter at the scene, standing next to the track (which is, except for passing sidings, single track main), state that although NS had done a magnificent job getting the eastbound trains running again, he didn't think the westbound rail was repaired as yet because no westbounds had passed him yet.:eek::cool:

Whadid the Eastbounds do?? Roll to one side like one of those stuntdrivers balancing the car on two tires, for the rest of the trip to avoid the "westbound" rail????:p:p:p
 
#24
Sodium Cyanide is bad stuff, when i worked on the motorway (freeway) in Manchester England we had a 45 gal barrel fall from a pick up truck, when we found it and saw that label we said "serious incident" we had the road closed ASAP and got the fire dept to check it out, it had not got a leak so a specialist team got rid of it for us.
Glad things are getting sorted out, hope the crew's make a speedy recovery
 



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