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Old 03-29-2015, 12:56 AM   #125
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Originally Posted by Noct Foamer View Post
There was a railroad here, the DME, that took over some very bad C&NW tracks that were totally shot. They had derailments almost weekly. The most famous one happened when a train was sitting in a siding for a meet. A rail under the lead engine snapped, putting it on the ground. With that, the DME got the dubious distinction of being the only railroad to derail a non-moving train. The rails have since been fixed and even upgraded to 140 CWR in many places.

Kent in SD
Oh, somehow I doubt they were the first to do that! I can't remember where but I'm sure I read an account in my travels of some sub-100lb per yard rail collapsing beneath modern 100-ton covered hoppers on some god-forsaken branchline trackage somewhere, and long before DME existed!
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