Reblogged from Among The Joshua Trees:
Tank cars burning. Taken on the BNSF Hettinger Subdivision near Plevna, Montana. This is in SE Montana near Baker. I spent some time here in 2007. I worked my Herzog PLUS Train from Terry, MT to Hettinger, ND.
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Duuno if you guys remember it but in 1973 there was a huge explosion at the Roseville, CA rail yard. The train was loaded with munitions bound for Vietnam. I think the fireball went up 1,000 feet.
A friend of mine, an old bachelor, has an unexploded 250 lb bomb (disarmed of course) as part of his yard decoration .
Come from an old UPRR family nothing like this is good.like to know the
details of the derailment..
Hmmm… In the last week or so we have had a pipeline break in Wisconsin, two refineries go down for maintenance issues, a refinery fire in California, and a derailment of a tanker train, Maybe my paranoia is working overtime but, something is making me feel a little bit uneasy about this chain of events.
That part of SE Montana can get as hot as the South Central Plains and rail does react to it.
That rail line was not in the best of shape for many years. BNSF is slowly bringing it into line with the modern age. When I worked my Herzog Satellite Ballast Train there, we had to get track warrants to dump on. No Centralized Train Control on the Hettinger and Mobridge Subdivisions. It used to be The Milwaukee Road.
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