Mysterious EL train wreck pics

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Mysterious EL train wreck pics

Postby afboone » Wed Jan 18, 2012 1:04 pm

Folks, I found these pictures on a site that is questionable source. Does anyone know where this wreck happened? Just looking for info on what happened.
http://rides.webshots.com/album/582179894MpdMFD]Image


Thanks in advance.
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Re: Mysterious EL train wreck pics

Postby chief » Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:38 pm

That appears to be the wreck that happened 1965 in Sterling, Ohio. 5 men were killed. The 03300 is the Marion, Ohio hook (was)
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Re: Mysterious EL train wreck pics

Postby shlustig » Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:15 am

Nope, not Sterling.

Sterling is on level ground and no curves on the Erie.
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Re: Mysterious EL train wreck pics

Postby afboone » Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:19 am

here is a link to the Sterling wreck.
http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/el/bldg/sterling.html
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Re: Mysterious EL train wreck pics

Postby Cactus Jack » Thu Jan 19, 2012 5:16 pm

EL power involved in the Sterling wreck had F units and shown in the photos are what appears to be ex Erie Geeps, one with dynamics and one without.

I don't see any match up here.
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Re: Mysterious EL train wreck pics

Postby Zog » Fri Jan 20, 2012 11:15 am

I may be wrong but I believe this was the wreck at Millrift PA just west of Port Jervis during the mid-1960's. These photos look very familiar to ones taken by a former EL Trainmaster I know. His photos featured a pair of Ex-Erie GP-7's which had rolled down the bank of the a high fill. One of his shots features one of thecranes pulling a Geep up the bank.

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Re: Mysterious EL train wreck pics

Postby afboone » Sat Jan 21, 2012 6:55 pm

Zog, I did some internet surfing and can't find any details on that wreck. Do you know of any good links? Also do you know if you can see if those pics are the same? Thanks in advance.
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Re: Mysterious EL train wreck pics

Postby Zog » Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:28 am

I posted this on RYPN as well;

I talked with my friend and I got the story on this wreck. He does not remember the exact date but figures it was in the 1962-1964 range.

The location was not Millrift PA or Sparrowbush NY but I was close with my estimate.

The location was just east of Port Jervis NY at the bottom of the long grade down from the Otisville Tunnel. It began with a westbound manifest freight which had stopped east of Port Jervis yard and was awaiting clearance to enter. The rear of the train stretched back into the big curve just east of the Nevesink River bridge.

Coming west behind the manifest was a piggyback train powered by the two GP-9's. The engineer on the piggyback train was unable to stop short of the manifest and plowed into the caboose. The force of the collision sent the two Geeps down the bank.

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