Minor CP derailment in Buffalo 9/13/17

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Minor CP derailment in Buffalo 9/13/17

Postby Roscoe P. Coaltrain » Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:17 pm

On the line to/from the Fort Erie bridge crossing.

http://wivb.com/2017/09/13/3-train-cars ... reenfield/
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Re: Minor CP derailment in Buffalo 9/13/17

Postby Roscoe P. Coaltrain » Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:33 am

Question on whether the containers were stacked too high for the overpass.

http://www.wgrz.com/news/local/train-hi ... /474438650
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Re: Minor CP derailment in Buffalo 9/13/17

Postby JoeS » Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:39 am

From the pictures on wgrz.com it appears the train was headed south. Fair use quote from the article:

"Buffalo Police spokesperson Lt. Jeff Rinaldo says they are still investigating the cause of the accident, but it appears a portion of the cargo train was too high for the bridge. They're still not sure if the stacked freight cars were too high from the start, or if the train's load shifted at some point during the train's movement."

According to a not-so-recent timetable 20' 2" is the height limit on track 1, and 19'10" on track 2. If the load was too high, you would think that it would have hit another bridge somewhere else along the way.
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Re: Minor CP derailment in Buffalo 9/13/17

Postby Old & Weary » Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:51 am

Channel 7 reported the train "flew off the rails" but at least didn't include any more hyperbole.
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Re: Minor CP derailment in Buffalo 9/13/17

Postby ExCon90 » Fri Sep 15, 2017 3:03 pm

Two 9'-6" containers on a well car would measure approx. 20' above top of rail, indicating a critical difference between the two tracks. Wouldn't be the first time a train was mistakenly routed on the wrong track. Also, there have been instances where the track department raised track under a bridge and somehow never notified the clearance bureau.
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