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Train Cars Derail, Fall into Potomac River in Harpers Ferry
« on: December 21, 2019, 11:18:24 AM »
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nbcwashington.com | 9-21-19

A freight train crossing the Potomac River near Harpers Ferry derailed early Saturday morning, causing two cars to tip over a footbridge and plummet into the water.

Seven cars derailed on the bridge, wiping out a section of a footbridge that's part of the famous Appalachian Trail, a major tourist draw for the town of Harpers Ferry. It appears no one was on the bridge at the time and no injuries were reported.

The train was headed east over Winchester and Potomac Railroad Bridge between Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, and Maryland about 2:30 a.m., train operator CSX says.

The empty grain cars derailed into the water and on the West Virginia shoreline, but the locomotive stayed ont the tracks, CSX says.

More, plus pics and video: https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/train-derails-into-potomac-river-near-harpers-ferry/2190541/?


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Not a good day at Harpers Ferry, either
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2019, 11:49:12 AM »
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Re: Train Cars Derail, Fall into Potomac River in Harpers Ferry
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2019, 12:12:58 PM »
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Does anyone know if the train was operating with a DPU?

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Re: Train Cars Derail, Fall into Potomac River in Harpers Ferry
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2019, 03:12:40 PM »
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Does anyone know if the train was operating with a DPU?

I don't think so .. those are usually fairly short

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Re: Train Cars Derail, Fall into Potomac River in Harpers Ferry
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2019, 06:27:25 PM »
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I don't think so .. those are usually fairly short

Train was 105 empties, and no DPU
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Re: Train Cars Derail, Fall into Potomac River in Harpers Ferry
« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2019, 06:40:57 PM »
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Thats short :)

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Re: Train Cars Derail, Fall into Potomac River in Harpers Ferry
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2019, 06:52:12 PM »
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Thats short :)

Have to remember, my line averages less than 35 cars usually, so 105 is like 3 days worth for me :D

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Re: Train Cars Derail, Fall into Potomac River in Harpers Ferry
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Re: Train Cars Derail, Fall into Potomac River in Harpers Ferry
« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2019, 08:40:30 PM »
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Looks like those cars had the giant Scaletrains couplers on them, so they stayed linked together.
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Re: Train Cars Derail, Fall into Potomac River in Harpers Ferry
« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2019, 12:48:09 AM »
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The news report I saw. on WSAZ-3 in Huntington, WV, said "all empties, no hazardous materials, no environmental damage".  Nice to hear a news report that doesn't make a derailment sound like a major catastrophe.

They also had a "company spokesperson" who said that the bridge "partially collapsed".  I don't see any sign of that, except for the pedestrian walkway.
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Re: Train Cars Derail, Fall into Potomac River in Harpers Ferry
« Reply #11 on: December 22, 2019, 09:50:25 AM »
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This does make me rethink personal safety while watching trains.  My wife and I have stood exactly where that grain car is lying on the ground.

And, isn't that walkway on the railroad bridge the walkway used by people who are traveling the Appalachian Train?  I walked across one of those bridges on a walkway intended for public use, but am forgetting if it was on that bridge or the mainline bridge.  I am thinking that it was the branchline bridge.

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Re: Train Cars Derail, Fall into Potomac River in Harpers Ferry
« Reply #12 on: December 22, 2019, 11:02:41 AM »
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Yes, the walkway is on the 1894 bridge which use to be double-track until the new mainline bridge was built in, if I recall, 1931.  The walkway is part of the Appalachian Trail and  is used be many people who visit Harpers Ferry.  The cars tumbled over the walkway, destroying part of it.  The is a closed walkway on the 1931 mainline bridge - it has never been open to the public.


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Re: Train Cars Derail, Fall into Potomac River in Harpers Ferry
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Re: Train Cars Derail, Fall into Potomac River in Harpers Ferry
« Reply #14 on: December 22, 2019, 12:03:30 PM »
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WTOP News https://wtop.com/local/2019/12/cargo-tumbles-into-potomac-as-freight-rail-bridge-fails-near-harpers-ferry-west-va/ has some updated information and pictures, including this drone shot that pretty much says it all:

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