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PostPosted: 22 Sep 2020, 15:22 
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https://youtu.be/AmPJvP1ltz4

Impressive use of recovery kit.
All derailments should occur where there are webcams!?
But running multiple trains within a few metres ( sorry yards ) of a working zone is not I think what we would have seen here.
All done and dusted in less than 48 hours ..... hardly time for the enquiry?


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PostPosted: 24 Sep 2020, 09:45 
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That is a very tricky location! I imagine that it must have been an anxious moment for the engineer and any other head-end crew as it happened at that elevation.

I am intrigued that the very widespread US practice of using sideboom crawlers for derailment clean-up doesn't seem to get any consideration in the UK, as it clearly works well over the pond. I imagine there are many factors (everything from loading gauge and trackside restrictions through to a shortage of sidebooms), but it seems quite effective.


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PostPosted: 24 Sep 2020, 13:54 
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Footage of the moment of derailment here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oyMx-ta_sY

Time lapse of the derailment and clean up (and some very nifty tandem lifting) here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkui84o6rNA

I notice that not only were trains running nearby, but trains were actually running underneath the derailment prior to the commencement of the clean-up! I can't see that happening in our "safety conscious" country.

The track layout of Santa Fe junction is interesting and complex, and I notice that the bridge is impressive in its own right, a double-deck vertical lifting through-truss structure.


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