I've been watching the VR cameras at Santa Fe Junction since it happened. The removal of the autoracks by those big cranes was amazing! Those folks are real professionals, working 24/7 and available seemingly at a moment's notice. The locomotives and one rack are back on the rails, and apparently will be rolled out.
By the way, my favorites railcams are the two at Fort Madison, Iowa. Lots of rail and barge traffic to watch!
Been watching since it happened, and scrubbing backwards to key points for things I missed. Like right now I'm watching where they got the lead autorack back on track and are moving it up to the locos. I wonder if it picked the points of the crossover on the bridge and that lead it to derail, but we'll have to wait for the report to know for sure what happened. But it's been fun to see all the different roads come through there. UP, CP, BSNF, Amtrak, NS, a local (K&S I think the one locomotive had on it.), and KSC are the power units I remember seeing.
I'm not an expert but it looks more like some type of trackage failure. The bridge remains uncompromised throughout the video. Rust and filth are standard on most bridges as everyone seeks to contain costs. They seem to last as long as painted ones. Inspections are probably done routinely. Grafitti is a sign of the times and sometimes is referred to as "art". I call BS but the manpower involved needed to curtail this is expensive and the law would probably not be allowed to "touch" them. Small fine and it's off to the yards with more paint.
I wonder how many railroad employees who have been eliminated from the work force get all excited when they're stopped at a RR crossing when along comes a train from the very company where they used to earn their daily bread and butter to witness a "pretty all painted up" .......... blah, blah, blah
Do you know how much a locomotive paint job costs? How many employees do you think can get back to “work” based on the savings of a locomotive paint job? When basic maintenance on that locomotive sidelines it, those employees are out of work anyway. 🙄
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