Montana Outdoors

October 24, 2008

Derailed (3)

Filed under: Montana, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Train derailment — Tags: — montucky @ 6:55 pm

Another group: moving the debris.

Train derailment

Train derailment

Train derailment

Train derailment

Train derailment

Train derailment

Train derailment

Train derailment

Train derailment

Train derailment

Train derailment

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12 Comments »

  1. Thanks for the photo shots. Fascinating. What a lot of clean-up hours this must entail.

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    Comment by Bo — October 24, 2008 @ 7:48 pm

  2. This is really interesting to see. It seems like such an overwhelming task to complete, yet they tackle it and will get it done.

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    Comment by Tabbie — October 24, 2008 @ 7:54 pm

  3. They’ve put in a lot of hours, Bo. The crews started early Wednesday morning doing what they could until the big equipment could get here from Billings (400 miles away), and that took 5 hours. Crews have worked around the clock since then.

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    Comment by montucky — October 24, 2008 @ 8:15 pm

  4. I’ve watched them off an on all the time, Tabbie, and tackle it they have! Those crews know exactly what they have to do. Tonight just before dark, the first train rolled through, going very slow, headed west. I wish I had counted because I’m sure there were over 140 cars on it.

    The damaged cars are lined up along a stretch of track where, when they can get “track time”, the crews will load them up and haul them away too.

    I drove into town this afternoon behind a truck carrying one of those big dozers. It was so heavy it bowed the trailer down until it nearly touched the ground!

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    Comment by montucky — October 24, 2008 @ 8:18 pm

  5. awesome pics.. what a hard work they have to remove the debris..

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    Comment by casper™ — October 24, 2008 @ 8:23 pm

  6. Yes, they have worked hard on the debris and even harder to replace the track! Thanks for the visit!

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    Comment by montucky — October 24, 2008 @ 9:34 pm

  7. I’m amazed that a train has already been able to go through. Clearing debris and rebuilding track that quickly seems like it was done in record setting time. I think here after the last mess a few years ago it was a couple weeks before a train could go through. What a great work crew!

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    Comment by Cedar — October 25, 2008 @ 8:00 am

  8. Yes, these guys were real pros! Maybe too it was easier to unload the beans than it might have been other freight. There was steady rail traffic all night.

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    Comment by montucky — October 25, 2008 @ 8:46 am

  9. woah! Excellent shots! That’s a nice photo-essay! 🙂

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    Comment by Sumedh — October 25, 2008 @ 10:16 am

  10. I thought some folks would be interested in seeing what the crews do and the equipment they use because I found it interesting myself. It’s quite a process!

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    Comment by montucky — October 25, 2008 @ 12:41 pm

  11. I hope no one was hurt? It must have been an overwhelming site to see not to mention formulating a plan on how to clean it up. The photo of the rr cars in the water are very haunting. Amazing photos! Thank you for sharing with us!

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    Comment by Sandy — October 26, 2008 @ 9:36 am

  12. No, Sandy, no injuries at all. The way the crews responded, they are real pros. They were brought in from 400 miles away, and this was by far not the first derailment they’ve seen. Fun to watch the heavy equipment operators at work!

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    Comment by montucky — October 26, 2008 @ 10:10 am


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