Not Amtrak ... this time

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by N Gauger, May 30, 2006.

  1. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

  2. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Mikey: the back of the train burst into flames?
    Sure they don't mean the cab car that was leading?
  3. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Somebody's gonna reeeally wish he stayed home and watched the races when they run the numbers on that thing.
  4. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    I was thinking that too -- only thing I can think of is that, it was along side the tracks and the train caught it and dragged it a bit... When it finally got to the back of the train (3 - 4 cars) the gas tank exploded

    LOL shaygetz - the races were Sunday :) but I guess you're right - they probably have registration or serial numbers :)
  5. Peter T Davis

    Peter T Davis Guy Behind the Curtains

    If you look at the photo in the link, it sure looks like it exploded on impact.
  6. siderod

    siderod Member

    It does look like the CabCar was leading, and it also looks like it exploded on impact. Look at the burn marks and smoke damage. Thats not caused by something exploding beside the train...thats hitting the front and exploding. I pity the crew...i've riden in a CabCar at 70Mph before. Hitting something and having it burst into flames a foot from you would be a shock, to say the least.

  7. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    I think that perhaps the reporter doesn't know that much about trains...? :confused: Maybe doesn't realize that sometimes the "back" is actually the "front"...? ;) :D

  8. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    sign1 yeah, I'm just as bad :D I looked at the pic and didnt see the window panels... :) It IS the front of the MU cars :) :)
  9. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    This reminds me of another story that has a sad ending..
    While working on the PRR a freight train hit a small tank truck that the rear wheels dropped off the rural crossing and was stuck between the rails and had been left by the driver while he went to summon help.
    A East bound reefer train hit that tanker..The tanker burst into flames upon impact killing the engineer,fireman and head brakeman..

    Back to topic..I suspect that was a reverse run of a push/pull train with cab car leading which the reporter took as the rear of the train.

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