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(CarBuzz)   $2M Worth Of Fords Destroyed As Train Crashes Into Low Bridge (with video)   (carbuzz.com) divider line
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1443 clicks; posted to Business » on 22 Sep 2020 at 2:20 PM (5 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2020-09-22 12:51:28 PM  
And nothing of value was lost.
 
2020-09-22 12:54:58 PM  
They destroyed 2 million cars?!?!?!?!
 
2020-09-22 1:09:48 PM  
MuSt Be A mOnDaY
 
2020-09-22 1:19:12 PM  
If 2020 was a train
 
2020-09-22 1:25:31 PM  
Seeing a train going under a railroad bridge and damaging it is kind of humorous.

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2020-09-22 1:29:07 PM  
Flattened On Railroads Daily?
 
2020-09-22 2:00:47 PM  
The 2020 Ford Explorer Convertible
 
2020-09-22 2:20:22 PM  
Well, shiat.  It fit yesterday.
 
2020-09-22 2:26:03 PM  
So the first train car already had its roof destroyed in at the beginning of the vid then the train went forward..

Did the engineer really hit the bridge, back up then said Fack it, hammer down and sent her anyways?
 
2020-09-22 2:26:41 PM  

PainInTheASP: Well, shiat.  It fit yesterday.


Maybe the tide came in.
 
2020-09-22 2:32:06 PM  
$20 dollars worth of steel to recycle.
 
2020-09-22 2:34:19 PM  
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2020-09-22 2:36:34 PM  
How do you get a "low bridge" on a train track? I would think that train cars are pretty standardized and any bridges take the standard sizes into consideration.
 
2020-09-22 2:53:45 PM  
Just let some air out of the tires.

Can't believe someone didn't know the height restrictions compared to the car size.

Engineer probably applied the brakes 5 minutes earlier but you know inertia is a b*tch.
 
2020-09-22 3:02:06 PM  

PluckYew: Just let some air out of the tires.

Can't believe someone didn't know the height restrictions compared to the car size.

Engineer probably applied the brakes 5 minutes earlier but you know inertia is a b*tch.


That's the genius of the corrugated roofing on the rail cars: it smashes up nice and evenly, absorbing the shock and also helping to push back and assist with the braking, duh! It's a built in damper & shock absorber.
 
2020-09-22 3:04:08 PM  
Odd. You usually only see trucks do this.
 
2020-09-22 3:06:02 PM  
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2020-09-22 3:10:27 PM  

GameSprocket: How do you get a "low bridge" on a train track? I would think that train cars are pretty standardized and any bridges take the standard sizes into consideration.


Yes and no. A lot of RR bridges, like a lot of infrastructure public and private are old. Car carriers are extra tall and those bridges predate such tall cars. They crew gets manifest while building a train in yard and picking cars at industries, and a route. This was their responsibility to verify car height, route height limits, etc. They farked up and will pay for it with their jobs. You should see the shiat they haul out of Boeing! Tall and wide. Requiring both height clearances, but also adjacent track clears, spotters, etc.

/ Not a train nerd, but my oldest friend is trainman with 25 years in. Trains are kinda cool, though.
 
2020-09-22 3:10:29 PM  
A fitting visual as to how Ford is managed.
 
2020-09-22 3:30:51 PM  
Found on rail dead
 
2020-09-22 3:34:56 PM  

thespindrifter: PluckYew: Just let some air out of the tires.

Can't believe someone didn't know the height restrictions compared to the car size.

Engineer probably applied the brakes 5 minutes earlier but you know inertia is a b*tch.

That's the genius of the corrugated roofing on the rail cars: it smashes up nice and evenly, absorbing the shock and also helping to push back and assist with the braking, duh! It's a built in damper & shock absorber.


You joke, but that might very well be part of why they're built the way they are.  Better that the cars absorb energy via ductile failure than the bridge falling.
 
2020-09-22 3:46:02 PM  
They're gonna kick themselves when they find out next week is infrastructure week.
 
2020-09-22 4:05:39 PM  

mybluemake: GameSprocket: How do you get a "low bridge" on a train track? I would think that train cars are pretty standardized and any bridges take the standard sizes into consideration.

Yes and no. A lot of RR bridges, like a lot of infrastructure public and private are old. Car carriers are extra tall and those bridges predate such tall cars. They crew gets manifest while building a train in yard and picking cars at industries, and a route. This was their responsibility to verify car height, route height limits, etc. They farked up and will pay for it with their jobs. You should see the shiat they haul out of Boeing! Tall and wide. Requiring both height clearances, but also adjacent track clears, spotters, etc.

/ Not a train nerd, but my oldest friend is trainman with 25 years in. Trains are kinda cool, though.


I wanna see someone try this with the train coming out of General Dynamics hauling M1A3's......
 
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2020-09-22 4:07:31 PM  
I really want to know if this is enough incompetency to get somebody fired from the rail road company in question.
 
2020-09-22 4:15:49 PM  
I understand how a truck can crash into a low bridge (cue videos of the 11' 8" can opener (which has been raised recently)), but it takes special skills to suck badly enough to do that with a train.
 
2020-09-22 4:38:44 PM  
Scratch and dent sale!
 
2020-09-22 5:03:20 PM  
That wasn't a train, that was the new Ford Destroyer.
 
2020-09-22 5:04:49 PM  
The video commentary is priceless.  That guy is a master of understatement.   Some network news show should hire him to cover disasters, accidents and the like.
 
2020-09-22 5:07:18 PM  
Amateurs. This is how you rack up an insurance claim:

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2020-09-22 5:17:10 PM  

buzzcut73: Amateurs. This is how you rack up an insurance claim:

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Those planes look like giant tadpoles leaving the water for the first time.
 
2020-09-22 5:20:52 PM  
$2M Worth Of Fords Destroyed

So, one GT and 5,000 Fusions?
 
2020-09-22 5:37:19 PM  
Ducka youra flatheads. Lowa lowa bridgida.
 
2020-09-22 5:46:41 PM  

buzzcut73: Amateurs. This is how you rack up an insurance claim:

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Nothing gives you more of a connection to Nature than to watch the 737's swimming upstream to their ancient spawning grounds.
 
2020-09-22 7:10:28 PM  

Devolving_Spud: buzzcut73: Amateurs. This is how you rack up an insurance claim:

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Nothing gives you more of a connection to Nature than to watch the 737's swimming upstream to their ancient spawning grounds.


They are so young, haven't even spawned their wings and tails.
 
2020-09-22 7:34:55 PM  
Repeat tag getting a buzzcut?
 
2020-09-22 7:38:37 PM  

nekom: If 2020 was a train



wow, that video looked like a slow train wreck America.
 
2020-09-22 7:40:17 PM  

GameSprocket: How do you get a "low bridge" on a train track? I would think that train cars are pretty standardized and any bridges take the standard sizes into consideration.


looks like the wrong train cars to me.  those bridges are standarized for trains.
 
2020-09-22 7:41:04 PM  

inglixthemad: Scratch and dent sale!



no worries.


it'll buff out.
 
2020-09-22 7:42:43 PM  
Amatures

This is how its done.

The Definitive 11Foot8 Bridge Crash Compilation
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2020-09-22 8:39:16 PM  
In 1974, 12 year old me was in an Amtrak Southwest Chief observation car coming back to Chicago from Los Angeles. Conductor came on intercom and said we would be slowing to 10 mph for the next few miles across the desert (pick one, I don't remember), due to a derailment the day before, and tracks not yet 100% repaired.

Dozens gasped as we looked at 1/4 mile of car carriers tossed on their sides next to the track, spilling Cadillacs.

On outbound trip 10 days earlier on California Zephyr to Oakland, our train stopped on the Great Salt Lake because a thunderstorm and high wind was blowing water across the tracks (tracks on miles of trestles, just feet above the surface of the lake). Mom and I decide to go to the Observation car for better view of the lightning show. And it was spectacular (and about 2am, so car was empty).

Smart conductor came up and suggested that while there was no question the view of a lightning storm moving across the Great Salt Lake was spectacular, being at the high point of a mile long steel tube, surrounded by glass, wasn't the safest place to view our lightning show. It certainly wasn't as spectacular from our Sleeper Room, but we saw it like no-one on that train (except the conductor/s) did for a few minutes.
 
2020-09-22 8:58:44 PM  

Ishkur: buzzcut73: Amateurs. This is how you rack up an insurance claim:

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Those planes look like giant tadpoles leaving the water for the first time.


They're so cute at that age!
 
2020-09-22 9:43:41 PM  
Some people out there have to wait longer for their Ford. They should thank them
 
2020-09-23 12:42:05 AM  
If they keep hitting that bridge they're going to destroy it. How many times has this been greened?
 
2020-09-23 2:51:58 AM  

nhoj1962: In 1974, 12 year old me was in an Amtrak Southwest Chief observation car coming back to Chicago from Los Angeles. Conductor came on intercom and said we would be slowing to 10 mph for the next few miles across the desert (pick one, I don't remember), due to a derailment the day before, and tracks not yet 100% repaired.

Dozens gasped as we looked at 1/4 mile of car carriers tossed on their sides next to the track, spilling Cadillacs.

On outbound trip 10 days earlier on California Zephyr to Oakland, our train stopped on the Great Salt Lake because a thunderstorm and high wind was blowing water across the tracks (tracks on miles of trestles, just feet above the surface of the lake). Mom and I decide to go to the Observation car for better view of the lightning show. And it was spectacular (and about 2am, so car was empty).

Smart conductor came up and suggested that while there was no question the view of a lightning storm moving across the Great Salt Lake was spectacular, being at the high point of a mile long steel tube, surrounded by glass, wasn't the safest place to view our lightning show. It certainly wasn't as spectacular from our Sleeper Room, but we saw it like no-one on that train (except the conductor/s) did for a few minutes.


I was a witness to a train wreck. It is something you never forget.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/labrat7​/​albums/72157600056430963
 
2020-09-23 2:15:30 PM  

saturn badger: nhoj1962: In 1974, 12 year old me was in an Amtrak Southwest Chief observation car coming back to Chicago from Los Angeles. Conductor came on intercom and said we would be slowing to 10 mph for the next few miles across the desert (pick one, I don't remember), due to a derailment the day before, and tracks not yet 100% repaired.

Dozens gasped as we looked at 1/4 mile of car carriers tossed on their sides next to the track, spilling Cadillacs.

On outbound trip 10 days earlier on California Zephyr to Oakland, our train stopped on the Great Salt Lake because a thunderstorm and high wind was blowing water across the tracks (tracks on miles of trestles, just feet above the surface of the lake). Mom and I decide to go to the Observation car for better view of the lightning show. And it was spectacular (and about 2am, so car was empty).

Smart conductor came up and suggested that while there was no question the view of a lightning storm moving across the Great Salt Lake was spectacular, being at the high point of a mile long steel tube, surrounded by glass, wasn't the safest place to view our lightning show. It certainly wasn't as spectacular from our Sleeper Room, but we saw it like no-one on that train (except the conductor/s) did for a few minutes.

I was a witness to a train wreck. It is something you never forget.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/labrat7/​albums/72157600056430963


That looks like a fire happened as well at that fire. What I saw looked like a toy train set knocked off the tracks, my view was from a train passing on those tracks.

The cleanup at the location my wreck was at, could only have been done by cranes brought in on that track same track, or a temporary siding built to support the cleanup effort, to keep the repaired main-line open. Absolutely nothing had been done when we went by.
 
2020-09-23 4:06:29 PM  

nhoj1962: saturn badger: nhoj1962: In 1974, 12 year old me was in an Amtrak Southwest Chief observation car coming back to Chicago from Los Angeles. Conductor came on intercom and said we would be slowing to 10 mph for the next few miles across the desert (pick one, I don't remember), due to a derailment the day before, and tracks not yet 100% repaired.

Dozens gasped as we looked at 1/4 mile of car carriers tossed on their sides next to the track, spilling Cadillacs.

On outbound trip 10 days earlier on California Zephyr to Oakland, our train stopped on the Great Salt Lake because a thunderstorm and high wind was blowing water across the tracks (tracks on miles of trestles, just feet above the surface of the lake). Mom and I decide to go to the Observation car for better view of the lightning show. And it was spectacular (and about 2am, so car was empty).

Smart conductor came up and suggested that while there was no question the view of a lightning storm moving across the Great Salt Lake was spectacular, being at the high point of a mile long steel tube, surrounded by glass, wasn't the safest place to view our lightning show. It certainly wasn't as spectacular from our Sleeper Room, but we saw it like no-one on that train (except the conductor/s) did for a few minutes.

I was a witness to a train wreck. It is something you never forget.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/labrat7/​albums/72157600056430963

That looks like a fire happened as well at that fire. What I saw looked like a toy train set knocked off the tracks, my view was from a train passing on those tracks.

The cleanup at the location my wreck was at, could only have been done by cranes brought in on that track same track, or a temporary siding built to support the cleanup effort, to keep the repaired main-line open. Absolutely nothing had been done when we went by.


There was an explosion from one of the engines. We were close enough to feel the heat. It was at that moment I learned an explosion looks like in real life. Just like in the movies.

Three (I think) people died when the exploder fell on top of the caboose. I received an email from the daughter of one of the guys who died. She was looking for closure and wanted to use the pics in a book she was writing. I sent her all I had and told her if it was ever published to please donate a bit to diabetic charity of her choice.

Since I worked there I was able to watch the entire cleanup. They did bring in train cranes and within 24 to 48 hours the trains were slowly rolling past again.

Someone came to our shop and asked if we saw it. We eventually said yes because we didn't want to spend days in court. He closed his notebook and walked away. I think he was an insurance guy.

I still have a few items I picked up. Knife and razor from the caboose.

It was quite the spectacle.
 
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