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CSX 8888 incident – Wikipedia

The CSX 8888 incident, also known as the Crazy Eights incident, was an CSX Transportation freight train in the U.S. state of Ohio in 2001. Locomotive #8888, an EMD SD40-2, was pulling a train of 47 cars including some loaded with hazardous chemicals, and ran uncontrolled for two hours at up to 51 miles per hour (82 km/h).[2] It was finally halted by a railroad crew in a second locomotive, which caught the runaway and coupled to the rear car.[3]

The incident inspired the 2010 motion picture Unstoppable.[4]

 

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Families and visitors chugged away the weekend with special rides at a miniature railway

The miniature trains, at Clark Spring Wood in Churwell, opened on Sunday and dozens of visitors took rides. It also featured an appearance from Mayor of Morley, Coun Bob Gettings. The miniature railway is run by the Churwell Environmental Volunteers group.
The volunteer-run group also works to preserve and improve the woodland area surrounding the tracks in Churwell. …read more

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Updated: October 11, 2016 — 5:16 pm

Photo – Modeling Tip Monday

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A surge in summer traffic

 

For many railroads, summer was the busiest time of year for passenger service, as riders began their vacations down at the depot.

Before air conditioning and automobiles, life in a big city during hot weather wasn’t much fun, and the best way get out of town was by train. This put an extra load on popular scheduled trains, requiring additional cars, or additional sections to handle the overflow of long-distance vacation travelers.

The very wealthy might charter a private car, or simply arrange to use their own, which would transport them to the station nearest their summer home. Since these folks were usually owners, investors or important customers of the railroad, these movements were given the utmost care and attention.

Many railroads ran “fisherman’s specials” only during the summer season, taking vacationers to and from resort areas, some of which were owned and operated by the railroads themselves. Weekend getaways were also possible on trains to nearby lakes, beaches or amusement parks.

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Check out www.walthers.com or your Reference Book for cars, locos, figures, luggage and more to handle the surge in summer business along your railroad!

Updated: March 12, 2017 — 12:18 pm

Photo – On June 3rd, 2016, CP H-19’s motive power showed a very modern Canadian Pacific Railway with CP SD30C-ECO 5045, and CP GP20C-ECO 2219 at La Crosse, Wisconsin.

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On June 3rd, 2016, CP H-19’s motive power showed a very modern Canadian Pacific Railway with CP SD30C-ECO 5045, and CP GP20C-ECO 2219 at La Crosse, Wisconsin. (Dennis Weber photo) …read more

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Updated: March 14, 2017 — 12:10 pm

Photo – COMING in our AUGUST CRO: The VIA RAIL’s VMC (VANCOUER MAINTENANCE FACILITY) inside and out Andy Cassidy shot VIA F40PH-2d 6448 At Vancouver Maintenance Centre (on the CN Yale Sub) in July 2012.

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COMING in our AUGUST CRO: The VIA RAIL’s VMC (VANCOUER MAINTENANCE FACILITY) inside and out Andy Cassidy shot VIA F40PH-2d 6448 At Vancouver Maintenance Centre (on the CN Yale …read more

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Updated: March 14, 2017 — 12:10 pm

Photo – WATER FOR A THIRSTY HORSE October 19, 2012, a Denver & Rio Grande Western K-36 brings her freight to a halt at Cresco Tank, approximately 4 miles and 900 vertical feet below Cumbres Pass. In days of old, the smaller D&RGW Locomotives virtually always stopped here on the climb to the 10,000 ft. high pass, because they just couldn’t carry enough water to make the 14-mile journey. These days, the K-36s that haul the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad’s tourist trains have very large tenders, with 5000 gallon tanks, and they can make it all the way to the top with no trouble at all. About the only trains that still stop here are the photo charters, like the one you see here, which typically eat up a lot of water doing run-bys. For them, the Cresco Tank is a real convenience, enabling them to do a lot of shooting, on the vaunted 4%!

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WATER FOR A THIRSTY HORSE
October 19, 2012, a Denver & Rio Grande Western K-36 brings her freight to a halt at Cresco Tank, approximately 4 miles and 900 vertical …read more

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Updated: March 12, 2017 — 12:05 pm

Photo – D&RGW EMD GP40 #3144 in Kansas City West Bottoms, Missouri, April 6, 1984, freshly repainted and renumbered. Photo by S.L. Dixon This locomotive was built as Penn Central #3156 in September of 1968, then went to ConRail #3156, became D&RGW #3156 in November of 1983, renumbered to D&RGW #3144 in April of 1984. Retired by Southern Pacific in December of 1993. Sold to Eastern Idaho RR in November of 1994. later to Florida East Coast RR as #448.http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?

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D&RGW EMD GP40 #3144 in Kansas City West Bottoms, Missouri, April 6, 1984, freshly repainted and renumbered. Photo by S.L. Dixon
This locomotive was built as Penn Central …read more

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Updated: March 12, 2017 — 12:02 pm
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