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St. Louis Blues: Derailment Aftermath

So what type of diesel are you going to send to retrieve those cars off the siding? Probably something like an NW2, SW9, S2, or perhaps a GP7 if you felt you needed the extra horsepower for the grade, right? Oh no, MoPac chose an Alco FA-2 cab unit to back down that creaky siding! As a railfan, I’m ecstatic, but the logistics side of me questions the choice of motive power selected for this task. I don’t think the fellas at Schenectady had this in mind when designing this particular locomotive. As an aside, Penn Central management would be very proud of this trackwork.

St. Louis Blues: Derailment Aftermath

Sst. Louis

Well, you don’t see this every day – a Soo Line 40-foot boxcar blocking all lanes of a busy highway! Well, it didn’t just get up and walk here, so let’s go over a few scenarios… although the boulevard is wide enough, there is no evi-dence of street running here (except for this boxcar). If it had rolled off the bridge, there would be more damage to the car-body, so there has to be a siding or maybe a customer spur nearby. It seems logical, given the proximity of the main line. Of course there’s quite a difference in elevation between street level and the rails on the underpass, which could explain a few things. Thrift Lumber company is on the left and the big factory on the right says “Preserves,” so both of them are in play…

—Photography by Jim Ozment, captioned by the Editor

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This article was posted on: July 14, 2023