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Nebraska Floods
« on: March 14, 2019, 10:53:44 AM »
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Pretty much on track to meet, possibly exceed, the 2011 flooding along the Missouri River. 

Nebraska is basically closed today.

https://i.imgur.com/21cGXFv.jpg


This pictures are from the Oscola Fire Department on Facebook


https://i.imgur.com/1iRtlGb.jpg


https://i.imgur.com/EcZCdVc.jpg


https://i.imgur.com/9IKZcai.jpg


I haven't heard much about major lines being impacted, but I'm sure it's a matter of time.  Today's gonna be rough.



Also, did anyone catch this from a few days ago in New Mexico?

83mph wind gust blew a stack train right off the trestle.


https://i.imgur.com/uk1fdkj.jpg


https://i.imgur.com/oUsT2ch.jpg

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Re: Floods and Wind
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2019, 03:44:30 PM »
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Oh damn!  I wonder if that stack train was empty or loaded.  Did the loco go with it?

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« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2019, 04:12:12 PM »
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Oh damn!  I wonder if that stack train was empty or loaded.  Did the loco go with it?

I'd say loaded. Look at the stuff pouring out of the one near the middle. Insurance companies were probably pissed. Loco is nowhere to be seen.
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Re: Floods and Wind
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2019, 04:56:45 PM »
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Now that I look more carefully I seem the contents.  That first container picture looks like a few flat screen TVs from the green container in the middle.  :D

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Re: Floods and Wind
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2019, 10:08:27 PM »
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Starting to get serious now. Two dams have failed and multiple bridges have been taken out.


This is the UP mainline just west of Columbus crossing the Loup River Glacier.


https://i.imgur.com/QnQ1lA1.jpg


[Edit] Just read a report that UP has 'purposely' parked trains over the above bridge to 'weight' it down and help resist ice flow.  I can't decide if I believe that's an actual reason, or just a blind conclusion from observation...
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Re: Floods and Wind
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2019, 11:28:29 PM »
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Retired equipment to cash in on the insurance, no doubt.  :)
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Re: Floods and Wind
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2019, 09:23:13 AM »
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Yesterdays Amtrak 6 is getting lapped by today's 6, right here in Lincoln.  In fact, they are joining them together right now!  They'll meet a 10 hour late 5 between Lincoln and Omaha.


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Re: Floods and Wind
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2019, 02:15:53 AM »
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"Just read a report that UP has 'purposely' parked trains"

I've heard of lots of cases where railroads did that, usually using hoppers or gons full of rock.  The practice goes back MANY years.
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« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2019, 10:19:39 AM »
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This is nuts! Had the water started to recede yet or are these a collection of pictures of the damage? It looks like trains aren't going to run for a while
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Re: Floods and Wind
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2019, 10:32:42 AM »
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It'll probably be a few days before we start to see things improve.   State Patrol warning of another levee breach just a few minutes ago, in  Fremont, NE.   



Here is a BNSF crew repairing a minor washout near Southbend, NE



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Re: Nebraska Floods
« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2019, 09:08:32 PM »
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Nine BNSF units lead a short freight into the unknown.  After the train passed, I sent the drone to a thousand feet.  Water is everywhere.

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Re: Nebraska Floods
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Re: Nebraska Floods
« Reply #13 on: Today at 01:39:27 AM »
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Probably won't do much damage to the motors IF they were stopped when the flood hit.  If they tried to go through the water under power, it could be a big repair job, and probably an investigation.
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Re: Nebraska Floods
« Reply #14 on: Today at 01:58:43 AM »
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The expensive part is if water gets into the axle bearings, inspection time alone is a nightmare!