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Old 02-19-2011, 6:41 AM
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Default Famous BNSF Train Wreck Picture

I've Googled this picture every way possible and can find NO information about it.

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Old 02-19-2011, 8:11 AM
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Hey,

Please refrain from posting text or images with inappropriate language in the future.

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Old 02-19-2011, 9:47 AM
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Gentlemen,
Backbone is truely missed. Thank you for taking care of business, without the unnecessary lollygagging, at the height of the knee cap (if you will). Because of your discipline now, we are all quaranteed not having to worry about knocking them out, at waist height. They will be thankful as well.
This is just one of the reasons I am dedicated to this place and proud to be a member. I respectfully stand behind you.
I do feel no harm was the true intention and yes a picture holds a thousand words and choosing them respectfully is the key. Comments across the internet about who, what, where and when are all filled with verbal abuse, ranting and raving and It doesn't take much to side step the real topic. Because of your actions, sir, I can avoid all that and enjoy this site and learn something.
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Old 02-19-2011, 3:39 PM
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Looks like a derailment on an overpass. At least one boxcar has almost been rolled into a ball. Interesting dynamics.
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What is Post #3 talking about?
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Old 02-19-2011, 4:19 PM
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Looks to be fairly simple to explain how that mess got to look like that. What you have are 4 rail lines going one way and at least 1 going over them on a bridge. There was a fast moving train on the line on that bridge that had an issue (derailment perhaps) causing the cars you see to also jump the track, falling off the bridge and pile up as you see them. The wrecked train appears to have been traveling at a high rate of speed from left to right (most likely) and the momentum of the rail cars carried them to their positions as shown in the picture.

What caused them to derail can't be said from the picture. Perhaps they hit a truck further up the track, perhaps a rail broke, perhaps they hit a penny on the track placed there by some kid that wanted a squashed penny (possible, but probably not likely).
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Looks to be fairly simple to explain ....
But that doesn't explain where, or when. There has to be a news story on this somewhere.
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Lots of BN cars, so I'm guessing it was quite a while ago. Maybe late 80's.
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I found it ! Amtrak/BN Wreck - 1977 - La Grange, IL | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

http://www.railpictures.net/showphot...||||&newsort=6

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Hmm, once you find out it's BN vs Amtrak and not BNSF, you can find all sorts of stuff.
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Hey,

Please refrain from posting text or images with inappropriate language in the future.

Thanks!
Sorry about that Bezking.

I tried to locate the picture without the caption, but couldn't.

I had hoped someone would have been able to just cut the pic out of the frame, but your solution will suffice.

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Gentlemen,
Backbone is truely missed. Thank you for taking care of business, without the unnecessary lollygagging, at the height of the knee cap (if you will). Because of your discipline now, we are all quaranteed not having to worry about knocking them out, at waist height. They will be thankful as well.
This is just one of the reasons I am dedicated to this place and proud to be a member. I respectfully stand behind you.
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Old 02-20-2011, 3:25 AM
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THANKS KC9GLG!

I've been looking for that info for years!

Thank you so much!

Further info:
On August 27, 1977, a defective freight car caused an eastbound BN freight to derail, blocking all three BN tracks. Amtrak's westbound San Francisco Zephyr was too close to avoid running into the wreckage, and was consequently derailed as well (there were numerous injuries, some serious, but no deaths). The biggest pileup was right on the IHB bridge--naturally the bridge collapsed, blocking the IHB for a time as well. I don't recall whether any trains were under the bridge at the time of the wreck, but I doubt it.

I've seen plenty of instances when trains were on both railroads at the same time at that point, but you were very lucky to get the locomotives of both.

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Oddly enough, there isn't a listing of the Accident on the NTSB website.

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On August 27, 1977, a defective freight car caused an eastbound BN freight to derail
Well, I was a few years off. I should have guessed, with that dude wearing the proper white dress shirt. Who does that anymore.
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THANKS KC9GLG!

I've been looking for that info for years!

Thank you so much!

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QUOTATION: On August 27, 1977, a defective freight car caused an eastbound BN freight to derail, blocking all three BN tracks. Amtrak's westbound San Francisco Zephyr was too close to avoid running into the wreckage, and was consequently derailed as well (there were numerous injuries, some serious, but no deaths). The biggest pileup was right on the IHB bridge--naturally the bridge collapsed, blocking the IHB for a time as well. I don't recall whether any trains were under the bridge at the time of the wreck, but I doubt it.

I've seen plenty of instances when trains were on both railroads at the same time at that point, but you were very lucky to get the locomotives of both.

Carl

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Oddly enough, there isn't a listing of the Accident on the NTSB website.

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I wanted to put the quotation that I cut and pasted in italics and can't seem to find a way.
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Old 02-21-2011, 3:56 PM
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What is Post #3 talking about?
What I was referring to was the editing of the language and I apologize if I took my strange ways of looking at things. I suppose I got carried away. I enjoyed the photo and thank you dic. My thinking process is different than most and hope you understand kindly.
I consider myself not disabled but differently abled. Have I cleared this for you confuzzled?
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Old 02-21-2011, 4:40 PM
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Meh that could be cleared in a cpl days....here are some wrecks I worked. I am a boom hand for hulcher. here are some of me pix.




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Old 02-21-2011, 4:44 PM
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these are a few of a million pound plus ladle car. it is used to move liquid steel from the blast furnace to the BOF (basic oxygen furnace) or continuous caster. the bottle sprung a leak....if u look u can see the steel is still glowing hot



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and just some randoms. I know not on the pic but thought I would share some



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I am sure there were a few profanities from this engineer's mouth when he ran off the track --



Link to one account of the derailment with more pictures -- Derailment of CN Train #355
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