Royalston Derailment 7/3

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Royalston Derailment 7/3

Postby Dick H » Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:14 pm

From Rockingham Alert (Out Of Area) 1515 hours.


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#Breaking (OOA) Royalston, Massachusetts *TRAIN DERAILMENT/HAZMAT* IAO King St - FD on scene reporting a freight train derailment of approximately 9 cars off the tracks, cars contain hauling contaminated soil (dirty dirt), substance believed to be mercury, multiple mutual aid to the staging area - 7/3 - 15:15
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Re: Royalston Derailment 7/3

Postby newpylong » Tue Jul 03, 2018 6:25 pm

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Re: Royalston Derailment 7/3

Postby Rockingham Racer » Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:29 am

Heat kink?
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Re: Royalston Derailment 7/3

Postby trainsinmaine » Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:03 pm

Given the weather we've been having, I would say that's almost a certainty.
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Re: Royalston Derailment 7/3

Postby ccutler » Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:37 am

Looks like no spillage, thankfully!
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Re: Royalston Derailment 7/3

Postby ANRP2 » Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:42 am

More than a kink. Looks like the whole track is off the bed.
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Re: Royalston Derailment 7/3

Postby talltim » Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:50 am

Might be dirty dirt, but they were very clean cars...
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Re: Royalston Derailment 7/3

Postby RenegadeMonster » Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:54 am

Wow, it looks like all the ties were removed as well by the derailment.
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Re: Royalston Derailment 7/3

Postby newpylong » Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:21 am

ANRP2 wrote:More than a kink. Looks like the whole track is off the bed.
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Well, the heat kink causes the derailment and the cars pull the rail(s) and ties off. The tracks obviously weren't like that prior to the derailment.
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Re: Royalston Derailment 7/3

Postby MEC407 » Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:25 am

Video by NorfKhazad of the wreck train on its way to the derailment site:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbRMWm0-dFc
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Re: Royalston Derailment 7/3

Postby BandA » Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:24 pm

Wow, that wreck train is something else.
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Re: Royalston Derailment 7/3

Postby ANRP2 » Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:01 pm

Does CWR pose a greater risk for "kinking" or "bow-ing" in high-temp conditions? At least stick rail provides a little give in the gaps.

Well, the heat kink causes the derailment and the cars pull the rail(s) and ties off. The tracks obviously weren't like that prior to the derailment.
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Re: Royalston Derailment 7/3

Postby Mikejf » Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:17 am

Yes, because CWR expands for the length of it. They do try to control the movement by using what I call tie clips (bottom of the rail, either side of the tie) to force the rail to stay put. The movement of the train itself could have caused a kink to form under the train, causing a derailment. Or, a rail could have rolled from the combined stress from the heat and train.
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Re: Royalston Derailment 7/3

Postby jaymac » Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:47 am

Mebbe add loose spike(s) in old tie(s) as a way of compromising the gauge.
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Re: Royalston Derailment 7/3

Postby johnpbarlow » Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:41 am

So as of Friday the 13th, is the wreck debris removed and track 2 reinstated and available for use as a through track?

Update: Hook and damaged cars went to E Deerfield and ballast machines are working on track 2 mid-day Friday 7/13/18.
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