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Some pictures I took a few years back when I was working at the Tyson Foods plant in Goodlettville, TN. There had been a train wreck recently where a freight train derailed and swiped another waiting in a passing loop

 

Report here:http://www.fra.dot.gov/rrs/downloads/Safety/Accident_Investigations/2007AIReports/hq200767.pdf

 

I got a few piccies whilst they were removing the wreckage, plus a couple of shots from the factory roof:

 

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It is amazing how fragile underframes and track are when dynamic forces are at work in a derailment. Everything is going fine until something leaves the rails then a eirie smoke-like red dusk begins to rise and wagons begin to snake about outside of the loading gauge. It isn't how we normally see the world of trains and it's rather scary.

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It is amazing how fragile underframes and track are when dynamic forces are at work in a derailment. Everything is going fine until something leaves the rails then a eirie smoke-like red dusk begins to rise and wagons begin to snake about outside of the loading gauge. It isn't how we normally see the world of trains and it's rather scary.

The worrying ones are those where what are normally recognisable pieces of vehicle vanish - like axles without any wheels or an inability to find any 16ton mineral wagons more than a foot or so high.

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