• Mishap at Union Station, Utica, NY

  • Discussion related to New York, Susquehanna & Western operations past and present. Also includes some discussion related to Deleware Otsego owned and operated shortlines. Official web site can be found here: NYSW.COM.
Discussion related to New York, Susquehanna & Western operations past and present. Also includes some discussion related to Deleware Otsego owned and operated shortlines. Official web site can be found here: NYSW.COM.

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  by brockwaythemusician
 
There are usually a covered hopper or two on the siding under the bridge from the arterial ramp to Burrstone Road. I remember seeing a single car under that bridge on the way home yesterday and figured it was that one when I saw the news today. The brewery siding has a slight decline off Schuyler Street and I figure it would be hard to just roll away from there. Are they sure it wasn't the lone car under the bridge?
  by Kuyahoora Valley
 
Not the first time NYS&W has had a runaway in Utica...back in the late 80s some box cars ran down Schuyler Street and slammed into the engine house...damaged one of the passenger cars and 1802
  by ut-1
 
It rolled approx 2.5 miles, from the siding just past the old Scheidelman's Warehouse. Edit: The hopper was positioned just south of the Burrstone Rd overpass.

Here is a picture showing three railroad employees clustered about the derail just north of where the covered hopper broke free.

Edit: Pic taken last night.
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Last edited by ut-1 on Wed Jul 22, 2015 11:12 am, edited 2 times in total.
  by sd80mac
 
If it wasn't for 6721, hopper would had ran through that stairway and collapse the walkway.
  by Benjamin Maggi
 
So did it completely roll through the NYS&W yard west of Utica station without anyone noticing it moving?
  by sd80mac
 
Benjamin Maggi wrote:So did it completely roll through the NYS&W yard west of Utica station without anyone noticing it moving?
In other group, it was mentioned that it was placed in storage track along Canal St. I'm not sure where's that in Utica..
  by n2xjk
 
The hopper was loaded, rolled down a 2% grade, reached about 40 mph. Not much time to react once it entered the yards.
  by tree68
 
n2xjk wrote:The hopper was loaded, rolled down a 2% grade, reached about 40 mph. Not much time to react once it entered the yards.
"What was that?"

"I dunno, but it was fast!"

Given the territory it covered (including 4 lane Oriskany Blvd and street running on Schuyler St), it's a wonder there wasn't more havoc.
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