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Got this in an email from a coworker - anyone have any details?

 

The Good news:

It was a normal day in Sharon Springs, KS when a Union Pacific

Crew boarded a loaded coal train for the long trek to Salina .

 

The Bad news:

Just a few miles into the trip a wheel bearing became overheated

And melted, letting a metal support drop down and grind on the rail,

Creating white hot molten metal droppings spewing down to the rail.

 

The Good news:

A very alert crew noticed smoke about halfway back in the train and

Immediately stopped the train in compliance with the rules.

 

The Bad news:

The train stopped with the hot wheel over a wooden bridge with creosote ties and trusses.

(In defense of the crew, according to Sixgun Jr.,

The crew tried to explain to higher-ups but were instructed not to move the damn train!)

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Loaded with coal? That's going to burn for a while me thinks. :o

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True story, only it happened nearly eight years ago. Here's the story on Snopes: http://www.snopes.com/photos/accident/trainfire.asp

 

 

I was wondering when this happened as you can see the bystanders in shirt sleeves. And there's no snow. It hasn't exactly been shirt-sleeve weather in Kansas lately!

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