Train wreck on my N gauge MAT

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by Matthyro, Aug 4, 2005.

  1. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Wrecks like this one happened when I was thinking of something else. I had unplugged the loconet cable from the MAT and plugged it into the Georgetown Sub not remembering that I still had a consist of two analog GP 40 locos sitting on the track coupled to a forty car train.
    When I turned my Digitrax unit on to operate the switcher on the Georgetown Sub the power to the track on the Mat was also turned on. Without a throttle set at address 00 these two analog locos flew into reverse and this photo shows the result. Sure made me stop and think. I guess it could have been worse.
  2. Pitchwife

    Pitchwife Dreamer

    Now that is some realistic modeling! :D :D At times like this, laughing at yourself is about the only cure. :rolleyes: :( :( :D
  3. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    Experience is the best teacher.
  4. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    How many Kadees did that one cost ? I can imagine the roadbed littered with centering springs for a month----I know it's a big oooops but, it's still pretty cool looking.
  5. KCS

    KCS Member

    Nice! I'm guessing a loss of about $75,000,000 in locomotives, rolling stock and product's and revenue. Boy it's amazing how those numbers can really add up. We need more pictures like this.
  6. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Yikes!!!! A testimony for not laying track too close to the layout edge. That nice few inches of real estate saved you some bucks there Robin!
  7. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way


    That picture had to be worth it though....right????:D:D:D:D
  8. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Hey, Robin, who does the MAT think it is???
    CN or something?
  9. Marxed

    Marxed Member

    rather nasty crash! about time someone posted some crash pictures!

    one time when i was recording a movie with an on-board camera on one of the marx flat cars, my train derailed and i had a nice on-board video of the crash :-D
  10. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    wreck idea!! A little gomez addams, right here on the gauge.

  11. Pete

    Pete Member

    Wow....I hope nobody was seriously injured :eek:
  12. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    In the real world of R/R that would cost a lot of demerit points Robin :D
    Hope there was no damage :(
  13. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    No, no damage Chris. nothing fell to the floor. I was almost too embarrased to admit that this happened but I then thought it may help others who might do dumb things with DCC
  14. 2slim

    2slim Member

    Don't forget to give yourself a drug test!!!! <VBG>
    Gomez Adams is a rank amature compaired to you, my friend!!
  15. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    Is that a photo contest entry? :D :D :D

    OK, Back to work, you've had enough wreckreation! :D :D

    Happy to hear there was no serious damage.
  16. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    I still don't understand how it happened.
    But, as was said about the Plane crash this week: "Typical Canadian disaster: no one killed, very few injuries, major inconvenience."
  17. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    David, what I have learned from this experience is to not leave any analog (no decoders) locos on a DCC track unless you have a throttle in hand adressed to 00 which is what analog locos use with Digitrax. DCC puts constant voltage on the track so when turned on full power is fed to a non throttle controlled analog motor causing the loco to accelerate like crazy. Thanks for all the suggestions and comments everyone. You guys are a hoot!
  18. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    Well,a full investigation is called for plus the crews and dispatcher will need a complete drug screen..All involve will be on suspension till further notice. :eek:
  19. Pitchwife

    Pitchwife Dreamer

    You're just lucky you don't live in the US. If you did NTSB people would be crawling around all over your layout and you would have to halt all operations until you could prove to them that you have correctly identified the cause of the problem (submitted in triplicate to six different agencies) and have taken steps to assure them that this will never happen again. Also if one of the cars were carrying chemicals, the EPA would be hot on the heels of the NTSB. You would have to remove that section of your layout and dispose of it in an approved hazardous waste dump. :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
    You Canucks have it easy! :D :D :D :D
  20. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    Yea Robin. As stated, you were very lucky nothing shot to the floor.

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