Derailment

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by spitfire, Feb 23, 2003.

  1. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

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    Near Belleville Ontario - a train carrying propane derailed and exploded. One of the tankers was blown a kilometer and a half (shown by the red arrow). This is the 4th derailment in 8 days and it is believed it was caused by an overheated wheel. Amazingly, no one was seriously hurt.

    :eek: Val

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  2. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Incredible photo Val. Thank God no one was seriously hurt. Can you imagine watching a tank car flying overhead that far!?
    Ralph
  3. grumbeast

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    Thats an incredible photograph Val,

    I can't believe that tank car flew so far!
    at least no one was hurt

    Graham :eek:
  4. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

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    Graham:
    Think about how far your car goes on a tank of gas; then figure how far it would go on a tank car of gas.
    Now figure how fast it would go if all the gas went at once.
    Val:
    "an overheated wheel"? Could they mean an overheated bearing, or "hot (journal) box"? or was the brake a-dragging?
  5. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

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    From CBC Ottawa "An initial investigation suggests a wheel on one of the trains caught fire before it derailed and hit another train sitting on a siding." Two members of the crew of the stationary train were taken to hospital with non life-threatening burns, so I was wrong when I initially said no one was hurt.

    I also found this pic of the fireball.

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    60103 Pooh Bah

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    Flying trains

    Val:
    In Tuesday's Globe & Mail, Orland French had a column about this, partly talking about how the train had just passed Belleville where he lives.
    I have a copy of the report on the Missississaugua derailment of years ago, where the derailment involved not only flammable gases, but also poisonous ones, and a large suburban city was evacuated for nearly a week.
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    That is one helluva boom!! Saw on TV about the tank in New York, but didn't see this one!! :eek: :eek:

    Now..... how do I go about putting that on my layout! :)
  8. Rusty Stumps

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    NASA does this all the time only a little more controlled!:D

    Like the astronaut commented when asked by a reporter what it felt like sitting in the space capsul just before launch....

    "how would you feel sitting on 500 tons of high explosives all built by the lowest bidder?"

    The rail car just didn't achive orbit that's all!:p
  9. gibbs

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    Here's a pic of the lead engine on the train that was hit. Less than 6 months old.

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    Front Shot

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  11. RailRon

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    Looking at that scorched hulk I almost can't believe that nobody was seriously hurt! :eek:

    There must have been a whole squadron of guardian angels flying around at the moment of the crash! :D :D :D

    Ron
  12. Duckman

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    Toast

    Hey guys, I was standing next to Scott (Gibbs) when he took those shots,and I,ll tell you ,Standing next to the burned out unit, I,m amazed no one was killed that day. This unit was only 6 months old with a price tag of over 3 Million bucks. John our tour guide said it will cost aprox. 1.5 Million to fix. She,s not a write off. Duckman...:eek:
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    Hey guys, I was standing next to Scott (Gibbs) when he took those shots,and I,ll tell you ,Standing next to the burned out unit, I,m amazed no one was killed that day. This unit was only 6 months old with a price tag of over 3 Million bucks. John our tour guide said it will cost aprox. 1.5 Million to fix. She,s not a write off. Duckman...:eek:
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    Sorry about the double posting. Don,t know why that happend. Duckman