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ShortlinesUSA
02-09-2011, 05:42 PM
This happened this morning in Concord, NH. The locomotive was NEGS GP39-2 2370, and wound up on its side down an embankment. Full news story is here:

http://www.concordmonitor.com/blogentry/239288/train-overturned-in-concord

Thankfully the crew is OK.

ShortlinesUSA
02-11-2011, 04:30 PM
Follow up story, appears snowmobiles illegally crossing the tracks may be to blame:

http://www.wmur.com/r/26804082/detail.html

JimThias
02-11-2011, 05:03 PM
Follow up story, appears snowmobiles illegally crossing the tracks may be to blame:

http://www.wmur.com/r/26804082/detail.html

If that were the case, cabbages would be derailing all the time.

ShortlinesUSA
02-13-2011, 04:54 PM
Another follow up video, this time of Hulcher retrieving the locomotive from the embankment. Pretty neat stuff to watch as these guys do their thing.

http://www.wmur.com/r/26831226/detail.html

ShortlinesUSA
02-13-2011, 04:57 PM
If that were the case, cabbages would be derailing all the time.

One thing that may be different here is that the NEGS doesn't operate during the winter, as a rule. Probably a good bit of difference on a line where a train comes through every few hours or so and one that the snowmobiles have been crossing all winter long.

Being a native South Carolinian, I *STILL* cannot grasp the concept of a frost heave, even though someone from Alaska has tried to explain it to me. They mention it's a frost heave possibly made worse by the snowmobilers. I would have no clue of how much weight that theory would hold...

JimThias
02-13-2011, 05:44 PM
Ah, I see now. Wheels came off the track due to the ice and then it rolled. I was imagining this huge hump of ice in the middle of the tracks just rolling the loco right over. :-)

scrappy19784
02-14-2011, 12:20 AM
we had a hopper wheel 4" above the rail on ice last week thank god she stayed on