A live derailment caught on tape! Thanks to greg pope in nc

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by TinGoat, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. TinGoat

    TinGoat Ignorant know it all

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    Dialogue...

    Engineer: Alright! We have a little problem... We just hit the ground hard!
    Dispatcher: Where?
    Engineer: In the street "Up-switch" (pause) We hit it hard!

    I've been looking at the video and there appears to be a small red flag/target near ground level that may indicate a yard limit derail. Or they may have hit a turnout that was not aligned for their route.

    The loco jumps up and over to the side like it hit a derail.
  2. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

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    Thanks for passing this on. Now I have seen just about everything:mrgreen:

    Loren
  3. railroader9731

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    Wow!!!:eek: at least no one got hurt. Like you said very rare to catch something like that. Thanks for sharing.
  4. sgtcarl

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    Caution: (speed) bump ahead!

    It's a wonder that the loco didn't do a side flop!!
  5. brakie

    brakie Active Member

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    Talking about having a bad day.

    That "target" is a switch stand..

    What probably happen is the engine split the switch by picking the points.This can because by the switch handle not being secured by the switch handles latch.
  6. sgtcarl

    sgtcarl Member

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    Reminds me of an old verse that I'm sure mmost of you already know:

    I'm not allowed to run the train, the whistle I can't blow
    I'm not allowed to say how far and when the train will go.
    I'm not allowed to let off steam, or even ring the bell,
    But let the darn thing jump the tracks, and see who catches H**l! announce1