Possible Providence & Worcester derailments Over The Years?

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Possible Providence & Worcester derailments Over The Years?

Postby whatelyrailfan » Sun Jul 24, 2016 4:20 pm

I became curious about this subject for two reasons: Reason #1-The company's EXCELLENT safety record, coupled with the fact that (Unlike a few RRs I could name) the P&W actually maintains it's equipment and trackage very well. Reason #2-I personally don't ever remember hearing of a major (or minor) P&W derailment. Now, I'm originally from Connecticut, which means I've been familiar with the P&W ever since I was a kid in the 1970s.
So: Anybody want to chime in?
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Re: Possible Providence & Worcester derailments Over The Yea

Postby Jedijk88 » Sun Jul 24, 2016 8:26 pm

while usually minor, they derail just like any other railroad. a few higher profile derailments involving hazmat have happened:

https://www3.epa.gov/region1/removal-si ... lment.html
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Re: Possible Providence & Worcester derailments Over The Yea

Postby whatelyrailfan » Sun Jul 24, 2016 9:33 pm

Thanks for the reply, it confirms what I thought, that the P&W hasn't had the sort of history that some other railroads have. Probably good management from 1973 to the present (I wonder if Colin Pease ever tried to find work with the P&W and was turned down?)
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Re: Possible Providence & Worcester derailments Over The Yea

Postby 161pw165 » Mon Jul 25, 2016 10:00 am

Jedijk88 wrote:while usually minor, they derail just like any other railroad. a few higher profile derailments involving hazmat have happened:

https://www3.epa.gov/region1/removal-si ... lment.html



That was probably their biggest one. They also had a stone train go on the ground east of NH during a backup move that messed up Amtrak on the NEC either last year or year before. I can recall a couple minor ones in RI the last few years involving a few cars at most - 1 in Kingston and 1 in East Providence.
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Re: Possible Providence & Worcester derailments Over The Yea

Postby whatelyrailfan » Mon Jul 25, 2016 10:20 am

Thanks for the replies, it confirms my whole point that like every railroad the P&W has had it's share of derailments over the years, but thanks to good management (Still wonder about 'ol Colin) they seem to be quite rare.
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Re: Possible Providence & Worcester derailments Over The Yea

Postby MEC407 » Mon Jul 25, 2016 12:30 pm

They also operate a lot less trackage than, say, Pan Am... and a decent amount of the trackage they use is owned by other people. Just something to keep in mind when comparing them to other railroads.
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Re: Possible Providence & Worcester derailments Over The Yea

Postby MEC407 » Mon Jul 25, 2016 12:33 pm

Moderator note: topic moved to P&W forum.
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Re: Possible Providence & Worcester derailments Over The Yea

Postby whatelyrailfan » Mon Jul 25, 2016 5:00 pm

MEC407 wrote:They also operate a lot less trackage than, say, Pan Am... and a decent amount of the trackage they use is owned by other people. Just something to keep in mind when comparing them to other railroads.

You make a very good point particularly about some of the trackage being owned by someone else, however I was primarily thinking of another railroad that operates in Connecticut and Massachusetts that has probably 1/2 the trackage of the P&W, and yet SEEMS to have a derailment every third month or thereabouts. Anybody remember a photo of a derailment in the last seven years on that RR where it showed ( 1-2 boxcars If I remember correctly) leaning up against an old depot?
Also, it probably should have occurred to me to start the thread on this forum rather than the other, LOL.
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Re: Possible Providence & Worcester derailments Over The Yea

Postby Backshophoss » Mon Jul 25, 2016 8:45 pm

Believe you mean HRRC,most of their track is owned by ConnDOT or MassDOT,wasted track repair money and seems to be run
by some ex-Guilford execs.
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