Citra, FL collision

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Citra, FL collision

Postby litz » Wed Nov 16, 2016 1:07 pm

http://www.clickorlando.com/traffic/tra ... -fuel-leak

Appears to have been head-on, hoping all crew is OK

Basically two big heavy trains full of rocks; one carrying coal, the other phospate ore.
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Re: Citra, FL collision

Postby glennk419 » Wed Nov 16, 2016 4:08 pm

It appears that the collision occurred at the north end of a long passing siding. Guessing that the northbound either missed the signal or slipped through the switch into the path of the southbound.
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Re: Citra, FL collision

Postby Ocala Mike » Thu Nov 17, 2016 12:11 am

Not much detail here:

http://ktla.com/2016/11/16/20-cars-dera ... l-florida/

About 25 miles from me on the S-Line.
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Re: Citra, FL collision

Postby railfaned » Thu Nov 17, 2016 3:29 pm

My local cable provider www.mynews13.com has some aerial photos. They updated the number of derailed cars to 32 and up to 7400 gallons of fuel spilled. It still says that there are only two with minor injuries. I wonder how much will be rerouted via FEC and back up to Wildwood and Ocala?
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Re: Citra, FL collision

Postby Noel Weaver » Thu Nov 17, 2016 6:31 pm

I suppose freight could be detoured to the FEC but it would add a lot of miles and there are 27 daily passenger movements in each direction between Miami and West Palm Beach as it is so it would not be a good fit. Not likely to happen.
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Re: Citra, FL collision

Postby Ocala Mike » Fri Nov 18, 2016 8:58 pm

Couldn't the "A-Line" be used in a pinch? What about the Florida Northern through Williston?
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Re: Citra, FL collision

Postby railfaned » Tue Nov 22, 2016 5:34 pm

As of 4:08pm, the Marion County Sheriff reported that the northbound engineer had admitted to falling asleep at the throttle.
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Re: Citra, FL collision

Postby mmi16 » Tue Nov 22, 2016 7:06 pm

Noel Weaver wrote:I suppose freight could be detoured to the FEC but it would add a lot of miles and there are 27 daily passenger movements in each direction between Miami and West Palm Beach as it is so it would not be a good fit. Not likely to happen.
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Detours are not simple operations. Some segments of railroad cannot handle multiple trains or trains in both directions. In addition QUALIFIED crew resources are finite. Crews available for a particular line segment are sized to protect the normal level of traffic on that line segment; there aren't excess QUALIFIED crews to operate detour movements. Just because there is a alternate route between A and Z doesn't mean it is able to be used for detours.
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