Jul 2, 2005
Thanks for that information. I will update the text in my Railimages album.
Are the headlights on the 8890 on?
Looks that way to me. Would a DPU have it's headlights on? Doesn't seem to make sense. But....?
I think they are just reflecting the sun light. By the position of the shadows, the sun is low over the photographer's right shoulder so it would give the parabolic reflectors in the light housings a yellow glow.
Yes, I was thinking that this picture reminded me of our last N Trak show. (Fortunately, none of my equipment posed in this fashion. )
The rear headlight of the DP unit is on. In DP operation, it is supposed to be turned on. The picture was taken shortly after the incident occured.
Can you explain more about this? What is the rule, or operating procedure?
The operating procedure is to have a marker light or other highly visible marker on the rear of the train. Since the rear of the train is a locomotive, the headlight is used as the rear marker light.
Argh. I'd forgotten where the helper (DPU) was placed. I'm used to engines cut into the consist. Oh well......
Funny I think I had the 8890 on the lead the other night, this would explain the rattling I had to listen to all the way to the mine. I have had the urge to do that to a signal mast before. (hint look under the unit for the signal mast)
Poor thing. It was so tired that it just rooled over on it's side to take a nap. Allan.
Found out a little bit about the events leading up the 8890's nap. A weld broke and derailed the last few cars in the train but not the 8890, that is until it hit the crossover. I think the picture says the rest.
The weld was 9 months old and the welded got some "time off" because of the derailment.
Or so I was told as we went past said welder welding a joint. Kind of gives you a warm fuzzy feel, don't it.
I've always wondered how they guarantee the integrity of those welds. Seems like there are a few variables that can effect outcome.
That is a tough one to take. I'm sure the prep work can make a big difference in how well a weld holds up.