It's starting to piece together for me... If they were dropping off multiple cuts of tankers to the yard and the conductor was riding the back, they could have decapitated off a few of the autoracks the first time, pulled forward after dropping the first cut, and were backing into another siding to make the second cut? That seems to be the only reason I can fathom why there were already damaged cars at the beginning of the video, and obviously with enough time for someone to have noticed this, trespassed onto the bridge and started recording.
ExCon90 wrote: ↑Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:10 am
ctclark1 wrote: ↑Sun Sep 13, 2020 5:45 pm
Wouldn't the conductor been on the ground for a coupling move like that?
Probably was--on the ground, talking to the engineer on the radio, but not from where he could see the bridge. Or maybe he did, but too late for the engineer to stop the movement--imagine the moment ...
I'm imagining the moment now, where the conductor is walking back from spotting the end of the train in the siding to make the cut... What's all this? I haven't seen an open top autorack in decades. Oh sh......."
I won't pretend to have any knowledge handling a train, but you'd think there'd have been some resistance to the locomotive when they started bunching up that the engineer would've noticed something? Or is that not really probable?