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Old 11-20-2010, 04:27 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by milwman View Post
After a side swipe on the CSX the UP will never go off line with there steam program Some one didn't see that the track centers moved over the years and the dinged a coal car on a curve.
Track centers didn't move. CSX extended a siding that didn't exist into that curve in the steam era when the Clinchfield Challengers (the order immediately previous to the UP order that 3985 came from) operated. It created a 14 degree double-track curve--which was a no-no in CRR steam days. Should have been noticed regardless, but between the sideswipe, the tightening of the Kingsport wye that made it impossible to turn the 3985 there, and a bunch of little issues with where you can take that engine over the trip added up.
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