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   Undertoad  Wednesday Oct 6 12:31 PM

10/6/2004: Train t-bones car carrier



Thanks to Design Monkey for sending this along.

When a freight train hits a vehicle at a crossway, it's a really bad thing. When it hits a car carrier, it's a really, really bad thing. And when it hits a car carrier carrying five mint restored vintage sports cars, including three vintage Porsche 356 Speedsters, a T-6 and a 911 well, it's simply unfathomable.

(note: the guy in the shot there is not a victim, he's examining something.)



And here's the other side of the train.



It left a big piece of carrier stuck right in the undercarriage. They had to call in welders.

So what happened? Apparently, the train got hung up on the tracks while crossing them, because it didn't have enough clearance. The authorities called to stop all train traffic, but it wasn't in time to stop this train. And it all happened one block away from the vintage auto show where the cars had just been shown in their top condition.

Ironically, part of the train's freight was... cars.

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lumberjim  Wednesday Oct 6 12:54 PM

IT HURTS ME.



CharlieG  Wednesday Oct 6 01:34 PM

The also had to re-rail the train - notice it's off the track?

BTW Notice how LITTLE damage was done to the train - if it's a tie, you lose



Cyber Wolf  Wednesday Oct 6 01:39 PM

I'm going to show this to a friend of mine, just to watch him have a heart attack. He's married to the notion of restored vintage cars. I'm such a bad person.



Cochese  Wednesday Oct 6 03:17 PM

They restored them once, they can restore them again.



chrisinhouston  Wednesday Oct 6 05:12 PM

Hope they were insured as vintage vehicles!

I had a friend who was doing a complete restoration of a 1956 Mercedes 190 SL convertable. It was 90% done when during one night the voltage coil shorted out and caused a fire that charred the whole thing. Luckily he had it insured for $25,000 and made his claim and was reimbursed within a week to start the restoration over. Don't know what that did to his rate but I bet it went up!



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Oct 6 07:34 PM

Actually insuring old cars for a pre-agreed value, even a high value , is way cheaper than regular car insurance.



zippyt  Thursday Oct 7 12:47 AM

That is enough to make a grown man cry !!!!!!



Bullitt  Thursday Oct 7 01:09 AM

I couldn't live with myself if i was that train operator. Even more so if it was carrying Shelby Cobras



CharlieG  Thursday Oct 7 12:56 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bullitt
I couldn't live with myself if i was that train operator. Even more so if it was carrying Shelby Cobras
Then I guess you can't be a train operator - One the average, a train engineer hits at least one PERSON during their work life. Yep - as in kills. Comes with the job


wolf  Thursday Oct 7 01:22 PM

It's typically not the engineer's fault, though. Those things don't stop on a dime.

Suicide by train is moderately popular amongst the extremely serious, although I do know one paraplegic and one double (arm) amputee who were unsuccessful.

A friend of mine drives trains for (a major rail company in the area). He had his first suicide about 3 or 4 years ago ... he'd been on the job for about 7 years that point. A lot of this old-timer coworkers were wondering when his streak would end. It fucked him up for a while, but he worked through it. (I did a little bit o' work with him on it. His employer "offered" some counselling, but it's one of those things that if you go for it, you reduce your chances of significant promotion ...)



CharlieG  Thursday Oct 7 02:15 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by wolf
It's typically not the engineer's fault, though. Those things don't stop on a dime.
Oh so true...... People should look at Operation Lifesaver

Quote:
Originally Posted by wolf
A friend of mine drives trains for (a major rail company in the area). He had his first suicide about 3 or 4 years ago ... he'd been on the job for about 7 years that point. A lot of this old-timer coworkers were wondering when his streak would end. It fucked him up for a while, but he worked through it. (I did a little bit o' work with him on it. His employer "offered" some counselling, but it's one of those things that if you go for it, you reduce your chances of significant promotion ...)
Wish your friend well. Some of the Railroads have gotten around that the same way some police departments have gotten around the stigma of going for counselling after a shooting - they make it MANDITORY - even if you feel you don't need it - you have to go

As you might be able to tell, I'm a railfan - I feel for the Engineers. It a horrible spot to be put in. There is NOTHING they can do except hit the brake, and ride it out, and pick up the pieces after


Troubleshooter  Thursday Oct 7 02:21 PM

I'm trying to imagine a reason to hit the brakes other than to stop for the paperwork.



BrianR  Thursday Oct 7 03:51 PM

three words...hit and run.



Elspode  Thursday Oct 7 03:58 PM




Relisnhoj  Thursday Oct 7 04:04 PM

I can't get over the picture of the truck that was pulling that car carrier. It's entire frame is twisted so bad that the rear axle is standing on end. The kind of raw power that it took to do that blow me away



Troubleshooter  Thursday Oct 7 04:12 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Relisnhoj
I can't get over the picture of the truck that was pulling that car carrier. It's entire frame is twisted so bad that the rear axle is standing on end. The kind of raw power that it took to do that blow me away
You should see shots of the freighter that scaped a part of the riverwalk area in New Orleans clean.

http://www.virtualpet.com/bright/mmedia.htm


xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Oct 7 07:42 PM

As revolting as the CARnage is, I canít pull myself away from the pictures. Itís like watching a train wreck,.....oh,...wait.....



wolf  Friday Oct 8 01:42 AM

Most of the time the engineers don't even know they've hit anyone. It's not like there's a thud or bump that you can hear from the cab.

The only time they know about this stuff is those rare occasions when they see the person dive in front of the train.

Oh, and there are specific people designated to come and pick up the pieces.



Bitman  Friday Oct 8 04:49 PM

Anyone got train floss?

It's pretty bad from a car POV but ..

still woulda been cool to watch.



CharlieG  Saturday Oct 9 10:05 AM

1 word:

Derailment

The engine is actually derailed - look at the photos - one axle is on the ground - nothing the rerailing frogs wont take care of however



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Oct 9 08:28 PM

Frogs??



Griff  Saturday Oct 9 09:38 PM

Ya, I thought the Chinese, the Irish, and the Blacks did all the rail work.



CharlieG  Sunday Oct 10 12:51 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce
Frogs??
Hey, what can I say - that's what they're called - don't ask me. The drop over the rail head, and have a ramp up from both sides that pulls/pushes the wheel set into the right place - usually used to re-rail cars - I don't actually know if they can be used with engines - I'd guess yes as the train got underway without a big wrecker

BTW the place where the tracks cross in a switch is called the frog - where the meet is the points


xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Oct 10 01:47 AM

Ah, a tool. I thought you were referring to a crew and I was wondering how they got named. Thanks



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