Montana Outdoors

October 24, 2008

Derailed (2)

Filed under: Montana, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Train derailment — Tags: — montucky @ 11:35 am

Here are more photos of the train derailment, in no particular order; for what they’re worth.

At the lower left, a train track to nowhere.
Train derailment

Preparing to retrieve a car.

Train derailment

How we gonna do this?

Train derailment

Train derailment

Train derailment

Train derailment

Train derailment

Train derailment



  1. They’re just lucky it’s not January.

    So, were the soybeans organic or genetically modified?


    Comment by Patia — October 24, 2008 @ 1:08 pm

  2. Hi, Terry:

    Come Spring, will you be seeing the banks of the Clark Fork strewn with soybean plants? Perhaps this is a good time to invest in soybean futures 🙂



    Comment by Chad — October 24, 2008 @ 1:55 pm

  3. Ha ha…that darned Patia 😉 stole my question about genetically modified beans. I’ll forgive her though 😛 Was anyone injured in the derailment (aside from the beans)?


    Comment by Tabbie — October 24, 2008 @ 3:26 pm

  4. You’re right, Patia. In winter that wouldn’t have been as much fun at all. I have no idea about the beans, although it looks like a bunch of them were physically altered!


    Comment by montucky — October 24, 2008 @ 4:23 pm

  5. Chad, I suppose some of them will take root. Locally, probably not many because the spring runoff pretty well scours this are, but further downstream I’m sure some will collect and perhaps grow. I’m interested in seeing if any of the wildlife will be interested in the beans that they didn’t recover. Birds, maybe?


    Comment by montucky — October 24, 2008 @ 4:26 pm

  6. No injuries, Tabbie, thankfully. The railroad lost a few million $, but it looks as though they are nearly ready for rail traffic right now, a little less than three days after the wreck. Those crews are awesome!


    Comment by montucky — October 24, 2008 @ 4:28 pm

  7. Ha, sorry, Tabbie.

    Well, I’ve heard that most soybeans grown in the U.S. these days ARE genetically modified. And if they are, they might not be able to reproduce.

    I know bears are usually a problem with grain spills — I wouldn’t be surprised if you got some there, too.


    Comment by Patia — October 24, 2008 @ 7:23 pm

  8. I don’t know a thing about soybeans, so if they were to grow I wouldn’t recognize them. I think I saw where these were shipped from South Dakota, if that means anything.

    You know, we haven’t had a bear around all summer, and I haven’t seen any sign in the low valley areas either. With the great winter we had last year there has been an excellent berry crop at high elevations and they didn’t come down. I’ll sure watch for critters though: it will be interesting to see who likes beans. I know there are beaver, fox, raccoon and probably muskrat in that part of the river as well as waterfowl. Now I’m hoping for snow so I can see the tracks.


    Comment by montucky — October 24, 2008 @ 8:09 pm

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