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Trainnews - volume 8 - issue 139
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Date: July 16, 2015 04:12PM

Trainnews - volume 8 - issue 139 - 07/16/15

This day in Railroad History

July 16, 1910
A monorail operated by the Interborough Rapid Transit Company in New York City, in its inaugural public run, derailed, fell over and sent scores of injured people to the hospital. The monorail was nothing fancy - running on a one-wheel system below and double wheels above. With only one car and duckling-yellow paint, it was almost cute. And indeed, during a few test runs before its official debut the monorail ran swimmingly. The problem was that it hadn't been tested at full capacity. Had it, the operators might have noticed that during curves the weight of the passengers caused the car to tilt, putting the wooden superstructure guiding the car under deep strain. More than 100 people showed up for the system's first fully packed journey. They crowded into the little car, whose normal occupancy was 40, no doubt holding items for the refreshing swim they expected at City Island. The rail car made two curves before hell broke loose. On the third curve, it tilted and ripped through the superstructure, causing all the chairs in the car to dislodge and go flying. Then, because the track was laid on what the media deemed a "bed of dust," the car dug into the ground.

Tonight's Photo - Please send photos to

Shortline Power. This is Harwood TX, where shortline Texas, Gonzales & Northern interchanges with UP. TG&N is but a little over 12 miles in length. But it lies in the heart of the Eagle Ford Shale Play, and is chock full of frac sand hoppers and oil tankers. Besides chicken feed to processors in Gonzales, the railroad also makes a decent living storing excess freight cars. As here.

Three of TG&Ns SD40-3s, which used to toil in Canada as leasers for GEC Alstom have found a new home. Here the are shoving the last of 100 never used tank cars to storage. The cars had build date of 4/15. Some day, these cars will find a use, but for now, they just generate storage fees.

Norm Schultze Photo


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