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Dates:1/1/1973 - 12/31/1999
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ICG Wreck 1
Title:  ICG Wreck 1
Description:  On 1 April 1975 this switch on the Illinois Central Gulf (former GM&O) at Florenville, Louisiana was tampered with, causing a southbound local to enter the siding even though the target indicated it was set for the main line. The train collided with the cars that were stored there.
Photo Date:  4/5/1975  Upload Date: 1/16/2010 10:00:51 AM
Location:  Florenville, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Wreck
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Views:  1021   Comments: 1
ICG Wreck 2
Title:  ICG Wreck 2
Description:  This view looks south from the Louisiana Highway 36 overpass along the Illinois Central Gulf. The accident was caused by someone tampering with the switch into a siding with stored cars. The track on the left had been the main line of the Gulf Mobile & Ohio between Slidell and Bogalusa, and was abandoned by the Illinois Central in January 1994.
Photo Date:  4/5/1975  Upload Date: 1/16/2010 10:04:50 AM
Location:  Florenville, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Wreck
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Views:  1441   Comments: 1
ICG Wreck 3
Title:  ICG Wreck 3
Description:  Telephoto view from the Louisiana Highway 36 overpass at Florenville, Louisiana. The accident had been on April Fool's Day, and by this time the ICG had laid some temporary track to clean up the mess.
Photo Date:  4/5/1975  Upload Date: 1/16/2010 10:00:36 AM
Location:  Florenville, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Wreck
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Views:  1728   Comments: 2
ICG Wreck 4
Title:  ICG Wreck 4
Description:  On 1 April 1975 the Illinois Central Gulf local heading south on the former Gulf Mobile & Ohio main line between Bogalusa and Slidell, Louisiana was diverted into the spur at Florenville and collided with some stored cars. Lead unit 8158 had been rebuilt from GP9 9158 in May 1968. After the wreck it returned to the railroad's shop at Paducah, Kentucky for some major work and re-entered service in April 1977 as ICG 8126. As bad as the damage was, there were no fatalities. Engineer Luther Walley survived on the walkway behind the cab, while another trainman was in the trailing unit.
Photo Date:  4/5/1975  Upload Date: 1/16/2010 10:01:26 AM
Location:  Florenville, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Wreck
Locomotives:  IC 8158(GP10) ICG 8290(GP10)
Views:  2719   Comments: 4
ICG Wreck 5
Title:  ICG Wreck 5
Description:  On 1 April 1975 the Illinois Central Gulf local heading south on the former Gulf Mobile & Ohio main line between Bogalusa and Slidell, Louisiana was diverted into the spur at Florenville and collided with some stored cars. The train was powered by a pair of GP10's: IC 8158 and ICG 8290. Engineer Luther Walley survived on the walkway behind the cab, while another trainman was in the trailing unit. The bridge is Louisiana Highway 36, built in 1937.
Photo Date:  4/5/1975  Upload Date: 1/16/2010 10:02:00 AM
Location:  Florenville, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Wreck
Locomotives:  IC 8158(GP10) ICG 8290(GP10)
Views:  3215   Comments: 3
ICG Wreck 6
Title:  ICG Wreck 6
Description:  On 1 April 1975 the Illinois Central Gulf local heading south on the former Gulf Mobile & Ohio main line between Bogalusa and Slidell, Louisiana was diverted into the spur at Florenville and collided with some stored cars. This was a roof-top view of cars that were pushed off of the end of the siding by the force of the collision. The passenger car was IC X2761, formerly 8-section/1-drawing-room/2-compartment Pullman BERTHOUD PASS.
Photo Date:  4/5/1975  Upload Date: 1/16/2010 10:05:13 AM
Location:  Florenville, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Wreck
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Views:  779   Comments: 1
IC X2761
Title:  IC X2761
Description:  Illinois Central work car X2761 had been black-lined and was stored on a spur along the former GM&O main line between Bogalusa and Slidell -- along with some freight cars -- when some criminals tampered with the switch and diverted a freight train into the cut of cars on 1 April 1975. This car was built in January 1930 as the 8-section/1-drawing-room/2-compartment (Plan 3979A, Lot 6334) Pullman BERTHOUD PASS. It was air conditioned in March 1935 and sold to the IC on 31 December 1948, but it never received IC streamliner paint. It was one of about 500 Pullmans that went into U.S. Government storage in the late 1950's, and was withdrawn from Pullman lease in May 1962.
Photo Date:  4/5/1975  Upload Date: 7/13/2009 12:35:01 AM
Location:  Florenville, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Passenger
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Views:  2906   Comments: 0
ICG Wreck 7
Title:  ICG Wreck 7
Description:  On 1 April 1975 the Illinois Central Gulf local heading south on the former Gulf Mobile & Ohio main line between Bogalusa and Slidell, Louisiana was diverted into the spur at Florenville and collided with some stored cars. Here were box cars 15923 and 4088 in the woods. The passenger car was IC X-2761, originally Pullman BERTHOUD PASS.
Photo Date:  4/5/1975  Upload Date: 1/16/2010 10:01:05 AM
Location:  Florenville, LA
Author:  Michael Palmieri
Categories:  Wreck
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Views:  1222   Comments: 2


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