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    • August 16, 2020 8:01 AM EDT
    • Got some nice detailing footage in there

    • August 6, 2020 3:13 PM EDT
    • Union Pacific was quite prolific in the 70s with Aluminum Paint and Black strips on their MOW equipment.



      Before that, they even did the inverse. 




    • August 6, 2020 1:40 PM EDT
    • Neat.. Looks like a Zebra on rails.  lol.

    • August 6, 2020 12:26 PM EDT
    • And from Railpictures, I'm digging the snowplow stripes,

      The Union Pacific Wedge Plow 900000 sits along a spur track at Ririe, Idaho along a former Union Pacific Branch, now part of Watco. The plow seems to have not seen service in quite sometime.... A nice relic of railroad history.

    • August 3, 2020 11:17 PM EDT
    • Wonder if they found the door! I can’t believe a load could shift that much to blow the door off the car without the rolls of paper exiting the car during the shift, they wouldn’t hit then stop straight up, unless the mean rolls are along the track somewhere with the doors and these just “walked “ to the center of the car

    • August 3, 2020 4:03 PM EDT
    • Can anyone say "overload" or "unsecured load"

    • August 3, 2020 2:18 PM EDT
    • How about this for a 'boxcar as scenery' project inspiration?

      Everything is not A-Okay with this 50' box car! AOK 473311 lost its door when this load shifted and the rolled paper is on the verge of falling out. UP 7491 east was notified of the shifted load when it was departing North Little Rock yard and set the car out at a spur track just east of the yard limits.

    • July 30, 2020 4:45 PM EDT
    • You bet, David. And with that liquid fuse laid by the leaky tanker, wow, that one spark sure did the job!

    • July 30, 2020 4:32 PM EDT
    • Only takes one spark


    • July 30, 2020 4:07 PM EDT
    • That would explain how the bridge could be lit up all along its length. 

    • July 30, 2020 2:56 PM EDT
    • An unofficial eye witness report I  heard said that the first car to derail was a tank with flammable liquid, which it spilled as it continued across the bridge until the excrement really hit the fan and it exploded sending the fire back across the bridge.  This could be complete BS, but looking at a lot of early helicopter coverage it sounds logical.

    • July 30, 2020 11:34 AM EDT
    • John,


      on one of the live feeds I watched there was at least one explosion, but the person filming did a duck and cover so it was not clear where the explosion was. the only thing I can think of that would have caused the fire would have been an overheated Journal, that burned thru the deck and started the load on fire. bundled up lumber like that would seemingly take a lot to get it started. it will be interesting to hear how the fire started.


      Al P.

    • July 30, 2020 10:56 AM EDT
    • There was a live feed from some news company in Phoenix filming it as it unfolded from a helicopter. I watched for a while as the fire got bigger.

      I think it was a news alert on my phone or something. I don't know how I got the feed.

    • July 30, 2020 10:50 AM EDT
    • Found out last night, and it’s kind of funny the news reported there was a small derailment on that bridge last month, and they are all in arms as why they have not heard about this before, missing the obvious , it didn’t fall off the bridge, and it only caused damage to the ties, so there was no police or fire response,. So no news to report. I guess that was part of the reason for the recent work on the ties.

    • July 29, 2020 4:38 PM EDT
    • Thanks Pete. I wonder if fresh creosote or whatever preservative (from the tie replacement) contributed to the fire, once it got going.

    • July 29, 2020 4:29 PM EDT
    • No injuries, the tracks are the ONLY way UP gets into the valley , the east west main like is 30 some miles south of the valley, this track connects down by Casa Grande. There used to be the line from Tacna about 100 miles west of the valley, that was the line that the button sabotaged and caused the Sunset Limited Amtrak train to derail, UP abandoned that section of track a few years ago so the line is active for only about 25 miles west of Phoenix. Union Pacific built several tracks at the Casa Grande interchange to handle the in and outbound freight for  the valley  from both directions . 

      videos from the news show the south approach is destroyed, most of the bridge ties and wood has burnt and warped rail. One if the club members commented that they have been replacing ties for the last few days on the bridge, so that may be an issue with the derailment


    • July 29, 2020 1:15 PM EDT
    •  This looks pretty awful, I hope no  one was badly injured or killed (??)

      CNN report: "Arizona train derailment and fire described as 'a scene from hell.' "


    • July 28, 2020 3:45 PM EDT
    • Hubba hubba!!

      Thanks Bob!

    • July 28, 2020 3:24 PM EDT
    • Dave Meashey said:

      Hi Bob;


      I spent a few years in Schuylkill County, PA.  That was the heart of anthracite coal country.  When I was working as a District Scout Executive (BSA) out of the Pottsville office, there was still a wooden breaker (where the coal was sorted by size) in nearby Llewellyn, PA.  That breaker was used in many of the scenes for The Molly McGuires movie.  I believe Sean Connery starred in that movie.


      Just a fun fact I thought you would enjoy.


      Best, David Meashey   


      Yep, Ive been there.  That's the Eckley Miner's Village. Its a pretty neat time capsule.  Nearby is an open-pit mine with a few draglines, including the Antracite King.  Fun to watch them work.