west point wrote: ↑Mon Sep 27, 2021 8:26 pm
It may be that the car on the siding can be made roadworthy. The others on the ground will probably have to have trucks removed and placed on flat cars. regular 89 foot flats will not work for trucks still on as it would exceed plate "H" heights by inches.
WP: The determination of if these seven Superliner cars can be moved on their own wheels should be made as the wreck damage is cleaned up and the tracks are restored back to regular train service.
There looks to be a lack of major equipment damage that would require the use of flat cars.
The use of nine (the first car was a Viewliner baggage car) cars for 147 passengers may have something to do with the ongoing pandemic such as some distancing in coach class as example.
From the photographs available of the seven derailed cars they all look to have held up well under the extreme circumstances of the derailment. Even the three cars that remained coupled together away from the rest of the train look to be sturdy enough to at least be moved to either Shelby or Havre, MT for the NTSB/FRA investigation.
At some point these cars will eventually be shipped to Beech Grove, IN Shop for storage and restoration.
I agree with JL that what caused the three fatalities in this wreck is the top priority of the investigation.
As much as I would like to see a roster of the equipment involved - and what the SEA and POR sections of the train were (7/27 are split at Spokane, WA) - the passengers and crew come first...MACTRAXX
EXPRESS TRAIN TO NEW YORK PENN STATION-NO JAMAICA ON THIS TRAIN-PLEASE STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING TRAIN DOORS