pennsy wrote:The last derailment I saw was somewhat unusual. one axle of a U Boat split the switch it was going over. Three axles made it, the last didn't and the wheels went on the ground. Since it was a switching operation, no speed was involved. Close inspection of the points of the switch ascertained that the points were worn out. The inspector sent out to pass judgement on the derailment promptly placed a red tag on the switch and condemned it. The points were replaced within 24 hours. At the time, the switch was Southern Pacific property.a year or two ago I came a cross a switch in a crossover that had about 8 inches of the V section that guides the flages in the Frog missing. I called CSX and reported it an up comeing train came up about 20 miunets later moveing at about 5 miles an hour and the conducter inquired as to where the defect was. Once he saw the extent of how bad the frog was and adviced the dispatcher not to use the interlocking. 2 and a half hours later a road formen and a welding crew showed up neather of which were happy to be working past 4:00p.m. ordered everyone by the tracks to leave. Sents then I have never ever called CSX not even the local police to report any kind of defect or railroad crossing problums its not worth wasteing the time.