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(Slate)   It's your weekly Friday afternoon train wreck thread. No, really, it's all about train wrecks   (slate.com) divider line 36
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2013-10-25 12:38:39 PM
One does not simply ride the 5:04 into Mordor.
 
2013-10-25 12:46:32 PM
According to India's Minister of Transportation (aptly named), train wrecks are caused by "the God of Mechanical Things". Took a 3 months investigation for him to report that to the country.

I wonder if the God of Mechanical Things is low man on the god totem pole. Is he even allowed in the country club, being so new? "Hey punk, carry my lightning bolts".
 
2013-10-25 01:24:39 PM
 
2013-10-25 01:32:59 PM
Well they gave him his orders at Monroe Virginia, saying Steve you're way behind time
This is not 38, this is old 97, you must put her into Spencer on time
Then he turned around and said to his fireman, shovel on a little more coal
And when we cross that White Oak Mountain, watch old 97 roll
 
2013-10-25 01:42:26 PM
Saw this:

www.slate.com

Was expecting this:

www.televicious.com
 
2013-10-25 01:52:10 PM
Never interviewed my wife of 25 years. Glosses over article. Nope
 
2013-10-25 01:54:37 PM
Ballad of the Iron Horse- CBS Radio

great way to kill 20 minutes.
 
2013-10-25 02:05:10 PM
How the hell does the Sodor Railway stay in business? There are derailments, delays, lost passengers, and the trains have creepy faces and talk.

They hide broken down trains in caves and sidings that they leave to be reclaimed by nature. They have tracks that lead to mystery islands. It's a clusterfark of a railway and it's baffling how this company doesn't go out of business.

Amtrak is more reliable than the Sodor Railway.
 
2013-10-25 02:05:42 PM
www.nationalreview.com
 
2013-10-25 02:06:09 PM
images.t-nation.com

/unclear on the concept
 
2013-10-25 02:06:50 PM
www.artifacting.com
 
2013-10-25 02:07:23 PM
came for the lindsay lohan pics


literally
 
2013-10-25 02:07:32 PM
Pardon me boy, is the the Transylvania Station?
 
2013-10-25 02:08:03 PM
Relevant:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpiGrwUwdh0

A real-time recording of the captivating radio contact between Alfie, controller of the line and Wesley, the driver of a runaway train. Location: New Brunswick, Canada. Dateline: 9 March 1948.

This was an odd little record put out Ash International back in the 90s.
 
2013-10-25 02:08:20 PM
l1.yimg.com
 
2013-10-25 02:09:34 PM
ayestria.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-10-25 02:10:53 PM
Lohan still has a nice caboose.
 
GBB
2013-10-25 02:16:40 PM
Had to work on this yesterday:
www.wesh.com
So I'm getting a kick out of these replies.
 
2013-10-25 02:19:31 PM

2wolves: One does not simply ride the 5:04 into Mordor.


No kidding...I missed the 3:10 to Yuma, and they wouldn't honor my transfer :(
 
2013-10-25 02:29:20 PM
God, I miss Anon-DIT.  Those were some epic trainwrecks.
 
2013-10-25 02:29:34 PM
No matter how hard I tried, I could never get my Lionel Trains to crash like those trains.
 
2013-10-25 02:30:09 PM

Eddie Adams from Torrance: Pardon me boy, is the the Transylvania Station?


Ya, ya

Oh, would you like a shoe shine?
 
2013-10-25 02:35:29 PM

mediablitz: According to India's Minister of Transportation (aptly named), train wrecks are caused by "the God of Mechanical Things". Took a 3 months investigation for him to report that to the country.

I wonder if the God of Mechanical Things is low man on the god totem pole. Is he even allowed in the country club, being so new? "Hey punk, carry my lightning bolts".


In India, if the wreck's not too bad then the passengers just have to help to put the train back on the tracks,
s23.postimg.org
 
2013-10-25 02:55:08 PM

GBB: Had to work on this yesterday:
[www.wesh.com image 640x364]
So I'm getting a kick out of these replies.


Maybe Herzog's automated gps system instructed the cars to dump there
 
2013-10-25 03:09:32 PM
They used to crash trains together on purpose just to draw a crowd and sell concessions.
 
2013-10-25 03:16:14 PM

GBB: Had to work on this yesterday:

So I'm getting a kick out of these replies.


/tracksup
 
2013-10-25 03:16:59 PM
never forget
isleofran.com
 
2013-10-25 03:26:18 PM
A pic my grandfather took in the 30s.

i306.photobucket.com
 
2013-10-25 03:52:33 PM
That's a nice collection of photos. Towards the end of its existence the New York Ontario and Western (O&W) was referred to as "The Old and Weary".
 
2013-10-25 03:54:31 PM
The first pic looks early 20th century (maybe even pushing 1920) based on the attire. The last one looks turn of the century so I'll give the benefit of the doubt.
 
2013-10-25 04:13:28 PM
Another pic my grandfather took

i306.photobucket.com

Ashland, KY Freight Train Wreck, May 1935

Posted February 15th, 2010 by Stu Beitler

TRAINMEN KILLED IN FREIGHT WRECK.

ENGINEER THROWN TO DEATH AND HEAD BRAKEMAN SCALDED TO DEATH IN CRASH.

SWITCH LEFT OPEN.

Ashland, Ky., May 29 (AP) -- Two men were killed when a Chesapeake and Ohio freight train went through an open switch near here today.
Engineer GEORGE NICHALOS, 61, of Lexington, Ky., was thrown to his death against a box car, and head brakeman ARTHUR HOLDER, 40, of Russell, Ky., was scalded to death.
Fireman CHARLES E. BARKER, 44, Lexington, Ky., jumped from the engine cab and was uninjured.

Open Switch.
Special Agent H. P. Lane, who investigated, said that a passenger train had passed over the same switch at 12:45 o'clock this morning. The wreck occurred at 3:40 o'clock, and in the meantime, he said, someone, apparently not a railroad man, had opened the switch. Lane said it looked like "grudge work."
The wreck occurred at a spur running to a refining company's bulk plant, half a mile south of the Ashland railroad yards.
The engine went the entire length of the spur, down an embankment, and was partially buried.
The tender and two box cars were smashed.

Kingsport Times Tennessee 1935-05-29
 
2013-10-25 04:40:47 PM
Casey Jones will forever be my favorite folk hero.
 
2013-10-25 04:55:13 PM
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-10-25 06:18:49 PM

Glitchwerks: Relevant:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpiGrwUwdh0

A real-time recording of the captivating radio contact between Alfie, controller of the line and Wesley, the driver of a runaway train. Location: New Brunswick, Canada. Dateline: 9 March 1948.

This was an odd little record put out Ash International back in the 90s.


Listening to that at the moment. Oddly, I can't seem to find any information about what happened. You'd think something like that would have a story to go along with it.

I can just imagine the driver rolling his eyes when the controller tells him he ought to jump into a snowbank at 65MPH.
 
2013-10-25 06:48:55 PM
Needs more
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-10-27 12:28:18 AM
 
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