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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). It was finally halted by a railroad crew in a second locomotive, which caught the runaway and coupled to the rear car.
Source: CSX 8888 incident – Wikipedia
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NW skunks lead a passenger special into Roanoke , Va in the early 80`s RE Alison photo. My collection. …read more
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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Eastern Maine Railway HLCX 6304 West, with 103 cars, makes a smoke show as she struggles out of the sag at Forest Station, Maine on June 21. CRO Eastern Regional …read more
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
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
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