NS 238 Derails In Columbia, SC

Hardcoaler Jul 11, 2022

  1. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

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    Yep, this isn't a streak of bad luck. Training is lacking and a professional railroader needs to be hired on as an instructor. Until then, if I were NS, I'd issue a temporary slow order in the area. It being just several miles south of the yard, it wouldn't impact train schedules that much.
     
  2. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

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    I was cruising through Columbia this afternoon and happened to see the three locomotives involved in the wreck, probably being readied for movement to Altoona, PA for heavy repair after near 2-1/2 months. I had no idea they were still around; they'd been stored elsewhere in the yard out of view. I was able to shoot the 8130 from public property. The other two units were obscured by tall grass.

    The crew was hospitalized and released several days later.

    2022-10-04 LOCO NS 8130 Columbia SC - for upload.jpg
     
  3. Kurt Moose

    Kurt Moose TrainBoard Member

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    Dang, that's gotta' be a borderline totaled unit!

    Gonna' be a lot to fix that one, frame look's a little bent under the cab!o_O
     
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  4. HemiAdda2d

    HemiAdda2d Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    With what a new unit costs, and the capabilities of Altoona or Juniata Shop, they might just repair it, unless insurance says it's too risky to straighten it.
     
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  5. Hardcoaler

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    I was wondering if NS has a surplus of power and might choose to not repair it until needed. It's a GE ES44AC built just ten years ago. I don't think damaged SOU Heritage Unit 8099 has ever been repaired. It too is an ES44AC.
     
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  6. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    If the frame is still straight, should be OK to rebuild- if cost effective.
     
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