3/12/74 - ONEONTA, NY

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3/12/74 - ONEONTA, NY

Postby shlustig » Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:45 am

Double-track with TCS Rules; 40 mph MAS.

TRAIN NWB-4 with 3 units [ 1-U33 & 2 U30's] and 122 cars + caboose Dpd. Binghamton for Mechanicville at about 1:55PM. After reducing speed to 20mph at Oneonta, speed was increased to about 32 mph when the train derailed on a curve at about 4:20PM. The locomotive did not derail, but the head 29 cars did.

Of the derailed cars, some were LPG loads which ruptured and ignited and there were subsequent explosions. About 55 firemen and bystanders were injured.

Cause of the initial derailment was a defective center sill on the 3rd head car (loaded covered hopper) which was twisted upward applying pressure to the coupler of the 4th head car on the curve, and the cars derailed on the curve causing wide gauge which in turn caused the general derailment. .
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Re: 3/12/74 - ONEONTA, NY

Postby Wayside » Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:10 am

I remember this incident being included in the BLEVE (boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion) video that we used at the Conway training center. Amazing footage of this and the Kingman AZ explosions.
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Re: 3/12/74 - ONEONTA, NY

Postby Roscoe P. Coaltrain » Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:44 am

In my records I have this as happening on 2/12/74
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Re: 3/12/74 - ONEONTA, NY

Postby shlustig » Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:27 am

Feb. 12, 1974 is correct. My error.
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Re: 3/12/74 - ONEONTA, NY

Postby Engineer Spike » Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:29 am

I worked with a conductor named Steve Hurteau, who was a brakeman on that train. We were on a Binghamton to Albany job, and he mentioned it. He had some newspaper clippings. One was a 30 years ago type article, which he said one of the Oneonta guys saved for him.
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Re: 3/12/74 - ONEONTA, NY

Postby deezlfan » Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:55 am

Anyone interested in pictures of the fire before the explosion and the aftermath?
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