Trying not to go too far off, but PRR's Detour Branch [if still there] E&A and Low Grade handled auto racks out of GM Lordstown.
urr304 wrote: ↑Tue Feb 07, 2023 6:03 pm Trying not to go too far off, but PRR's Detour Branch [if still there] E&A and Low Grade handled auto racks out of GM Lordstown.If not for the derailment we wouldn’t be talking about detours so I’d say we’re OT. Looking at old DOT reports it seems the Main Line is the only game in town for 20’2” clearances between Alliance and Conway. Too bad for NS but they are going to have years of litigation from this.
There was a mechanical failure warning before the crash, NTSB Member Michael Graham said Sunday. About 10 of 20 cars carrying hazardous materials – among more than 100 cars in all – derailed, the agency said.
“The crew did receive an alarm from a wayside defect detector shortly before the derailment, indicating a mechanical issue,” Graham said. “Then an emergency brake application initiated.”
Investigators also identified the point of derailment and found video showing “preliminary indications of mechanical issues” on one of the railcar axles, Graham said.
MACTRAXX wrote: ↑Tue Feb 07, 2023 11:17 pm From the numerous news reports authorities had implemented a no-fly zone over the derailment site that did include drones - taking note that there were only a few overview videos from outside the media or government.Mr. MACTRAXX, here is the NOTAM to which you reference.
Bracdude181 wrote: ↑Thu Feb 09, 2023 2:58 amSince that line is reopen I assume all the detours are gonna go back to their normal routes? One of the detoured trains had an incident on the NYSW and nearly took out some power lines so I guess that ain’t happening again soon.The NYSW is fully cleared for double stacks so if this happened that’s an issue with the utility for not maintaining proper clearance.
urr304 wrote: ↑Fri Feb 10, 2023 6:50 pmYes, the utility would be the prime responsible party, but wouldn't NYSW be called out for not ensuring its r.o.w. was not being encroached on and being aware of it.A roadway crossing the railway is owned by the entity that built it and they pay the railroad to maintain it. Overhead air rights above the track are agreed upon between the utility and the railroad. But railroads aren't in the electric transmission business anymore. So a track inspector will not be an authority on transmission line clearance unless it is a gross disparity such as a downed powerline or leaning/broken powerpole.