Major CSX Derailment in Worchester MA

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Dick H
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Major CSX Derailment in Worchester MA

Post by Dick H » Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:32 pm

From WCVB.com. Major CSX derailment under Cambridge Street Overpass in Worcester NA,

http://www.wcvb.com/article/train-derai ... s/22505625" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

The location is approximately two miles west of Worcester Union Station.

The article below from MassLive.com indicates the train was traveling on Providence and Worchester tracks.

https://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf ... worce.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

chrisf
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Re: Major CSX Derailment in Worchester MA

Post by chrisf » Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:58 pm

Evidently they tried to run a double stack underneath the overpass.

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Re: Major CSX Derailment in Worchester MA

Post by johnpbarlow » Sun Jul 22, 2018 4:42 am

The derailment was on the P&W's Worcester-Plainfield/Groton line, which in my unscientific observations over the years, is an unusual place for double stacked containers to be located as ordinarily such containers use the Worcester-Valley Falls/Providence to go between CSX and Intransit Container off Blackstone River Rd. Apparently the Cambridge St over grade bridge isn't cleared for domestic double stacked containers as the MassDOT State Rail Plan doc indicates on page 39 (attached photo). Maybe a pair of domestic cube containers somehow was placed in the consist of what is normally international-sized (9' 6") containers? Or a pair of international containers wasn't seated correctly in a well car? OTOH, one of the articles indicated the CSX locomotive engineer was injured so perhaps the train derailed near the bridge causing a container to pop-up strikng the bridge?

https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/20 ... Comm_1.pdf
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Re: Major CSX Derailment in Worchester MA

Post by AmtrakLocomotiveEngineer » Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:59 pm

Word on the rails is that the G&W recently put out a new employee timetable and didn't transfer the prohibition of stacks to the Norwich Main. Fortunately the Conductor wasn't killed.

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Re: Major CSX Derailment in Worchester MA

Post by lakeshoredave » Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:41 pm

yikes this could have been a lot worse

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Re: Major CSX Derailment in Worchester MA

Post by ANRP2 » Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:59 pm

Did anyone keep an eye on the cleanup? Any insight yet on cause?

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Re: Major CSX Derailment in Worchester MA

Post by AmtrakLocomotiveEngineer » Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:17 pm

ANRP2 wrote:Did anyone keep an eye on the cleanup? Any insight yet on cause?
The cause was known immediately. The CSXT crew shoved doublestacks down the Norwich Main, which cannot accommodate double stacks.

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