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  by BandA
 
Look at all those brand-new railroad ties floating on nothing!
“No one is expected to fill in permits for an act of God”
  by johnpbarlow
 
How about a Saturday morning chuckle...
Here's a link to an article from RR trade magazine RT&S (apparently written by the editor in chief) entitled "Severe drought may have caused track collapse in Maryland" that really discusses the Mass Coastal's RoW collapse near Sandwich< MA. Excerpt:
A 300-ft portion of rail, which dates back to the 1800s, dropped into a nearby pond. A locomotive was approaching the site when the accident happened, and was able to stop well before the damaged area. According to a preliminary report by Jacobs Engineering, the collapse along the south side of Lily Pond covered the length of approximately 300 ft and was about 70 ft to 90 ft wide at the base. The estimated height of the embankment lost due to the collapse was about 30 ft. Approximately 15,000 cu yd of material was displaced during the failure.

Jacobs was hired to look at the damage to Lily Pond, which is adjacent to the pond where the failure took place. The engineering firm does not know the cause of the failure.
https://www.rtands.com/track-maintenanc ... -maryland/
  by b&m 1566
 
Sounds like a sinkhole opened up to me. With the water level being 6 ft below normal levels, that's bound to destabilize any soil in the adjacent area.
  by BandA
 
Remember, the Cape is just one giant sand bar left by a glacier at the end of the ice age. Dry sand is apparently weaker than wet sand.
  by b&m 1566
 
Absolutely, take a walk on any beach at low tide, the sand is solid, then take a walk on the same beach above the highwater mark, the sand is very soft.
  by Falmouth Secondary to Otis
 
The Cape main washout in Sandwich is rebuilt and has been back in service for about a week now. Job well done and just in time for the Christmas trains to run. See reconstruction photos on Mass Coastal Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... =3&theater
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