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   Undertoad  Saturday Jun 28 12:27 PM

6/28/2003: LA derailment



This derailment happened on the 20th and until yesterday's MSNBC Week in Pics I didn't see a good image of it. This is remarkable -- the "stuff" on the ground there, looking all like a handful of straw, is actually <i>lumber</i>. Only a few people were hurt and no deaths.

Not much else to say except that someone said they had earlier been trying to put in a process to avoid derailments leading into populated areas.



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Jun 28 12:36 PM

OMG. Syc's been censored.

They knocked down a few houses but the brought lots of lumber. Thro a Habitat for Humanity crew in there and they'll end up with a net plus.



elSicomoro  Saturday Jun 28 12:43 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by xoxoxoBruce
OMG. Syc's been censored.
I know...that UT can be a real jerk-off when you're critical of him.

Quote:
They knocked down a few houses but the brought lots of lumber. Thro a Habitat for Humanity crew in there and they'll end up with a net plus.
Hey...is that Jimmy Carter down there?


xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Jun 28 12:50 PM

Quote:
that UT can be a real jerk-off when you're critical of him.
It's good to be the King!


Undertoad  Saturday Jun 28 12:56 PM

I just clean up my messes.



Tobiasly  Saturday Jun 28 01:25 PM

Simply amazing. Notice that some of it landed <I>on top of a two-story building</I>!!



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Jun 28 03:28 PM

Quote:
Notice that some of it landed on top of a two-story building!!
For as long as I can remember the term "train wreck" has been used to describe extreme violence.


tw  Saturday Jun 28 06:59 PM

When a brake line breaks or when pressure is lost, then brakes on all cars are suppose to apply. The more interesting question will be why those rail car brakes did not automatically engage on all railcars. Picture are important because they demonstate how fast those railcars must have been going. But those speeds are suppose to be not possible without a locomotive to put pressure into those brake lines.



ndetroit  Saturday Jun 28 08:44 PM

Looks like the fire dept is there, in the top left..... If they were smart, they'd be hosing that damn thing down ASAP... the only way to make that train wreck worse I think would be to make it into a fiery explosive train wreck.



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Jun 28 10:36 PM

Quote:
why those rail car brakes did not automatically engage on all railcars.
Somebody must of screwed up. They have a system to defeat that safety feature for sorting. Did you ever see a sign that said "do not hump" or "do not hump this car"? Humping is when they sort the cars into trains by destination. They engine pushes the car to the top of a hill and then as the car rolls down the slope, they switch it on to the proper track to bump into the back of the train it's assigned to. If the car is oversize, heavily loaded, explosives, etc, it'll have a "do not hump" sign.


Griff  Sunday Jun 29 09:08 AM

That accident was in the news while I was out there. I wasn't paying much attention but it occured as Bruce describes it. The interesting thing was that they had a chance to catch it but couldn't get permission before it had accelerated too much. The radio news interviewed an old trainman who had successfully caught a runaway back in the day.



bartman  Sunday Jun 29 09:10 AM

Quote:
Originally posted by xoxoxoBruce
Did you ever see a sign that said "do not hump" or "do not hump this car"?
I *LOVE* those signs. They have them on dump trucks, too.

Crazy-ass mutherfuckers, tryin' to tell me what I can and can't do in the privacy of my own....... ah, nevermind.


That Guy  Sunday Jun 29 07:53 PM

I can't even begin to imagine the clean up.



dave  Sunday Jun 29 08:38 PM

I can. Lots of poor Mexicans picking up wood for the next two weeks.



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Jun 29 09:58 PM

I can remember two truck crashes in the last couple years. One loaded with hams and the other potato chips. Within an hour there was nothing to clean up but the trucks. Isn't it nice the public is willing to lend a hand in emergencies. Oh, and the day after the ham crash, there were cheap hams for sale at work.



Torrere  Sunday Jun 29 10:08 PM

Do Not Hump



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