Yard Derailment  Contributor's Pick!       
Here's the scene and how it happened. The three locomotives (SSW 9647, UP 177, and UP 2537) ran across a switch in the yard, where the switch frog joins the rail of the track, the old rotten tie fell through, it broke in half, the frog fell through the tie and the rail broke out of it, coming up and knocking the brake shoe connecting rod loose from the rear axle on the fireaman's side of SSW 9647, and the rear axle jumped on top of the rail head. The rear axle was was knocked back over into the gage as I arrived. These two men drove up with the area wheel truck were at work repairing the brake rigging as the truck in the background unloads a new section of rail, a frog, and a few ties.
Date: 1/4/2005 Location: Poplar Bluff, MO   Map Show Poplar Bluff on a rail map Views: 842 Collection Of:   Zach Pumphery
Locomotives: SSW 9647(GP60) UP 117(B23-7) UP 2537(GP38-2) UP 330(GP38-2) UP 1423(GP40-2)   Rolling Stock: ACFX 47488 (Covered Hopper) Author:  Zach Pumphery
Yard Derailment
Picture Categories: This picture is part of album:  January 2005 in SEMO
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Paul Krot General That's a heck of a play by play description. Neat photo showing work getting done. 12/28/2014 7:36:03 PM

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