Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Got Some Splainin to Do!

KTVQ-TV in Billings, Montana, reported shortly before 12:30 p.m. Sunday, September 29 (2013), a Montana Rail Link train ran past the end of the tracks in south Billings.


According to Montana Rail Link, the locomotive slowly - an estimated 2 miles per hour - went beyond the end of track and a set of the wheels came off the rail.


The switcher sits near South 27th Street after it ran off the tracks east of the Western Sugar refinery.

No one was injured. Montana Rail Link Spokesperson says there is no track damage and no damage to the locomotive. Crews from R.J. Corman Railroad Group re-railed the errant goat shortly after 4 p.m. Play video.


Its obvious as to the lack of damage to the track ... there is no track!

Like Rickey used to tell Lucy, "You got some "splainin'" to do!"

Railroad Stuff:
Montana Rail Link 17
•  Built for Northern Pacific by Electro Motive Division as SW1200 NP 156, July 1957, SN 22758
•  March 1970 merger; renumbered BN 215
•  October 1987 to Montana Rail Link as MRL 215
•  Renumbered MRL 17
•  Currently at Livingston Montana Maintenance Shops.

A second SW1200, MRL 18, identical lineage, is in storage.

5 Comments - Click here:

Steve Boyko said...

Seems like maybe they didn't have a track bumper...

Robert in Port Townsend said...

Thursday: Probably correct Steve. I just located accident site and posted a Google Street view and overhead view. Both Google views were shot in 2013.

Kurt Clark said...

Shared this on the Google+ Railroad Photography group!

Robert in Port Townsend said...

Kurt: That explains the spike over 200 viewers, and it's only 6:15 p.m. Thanks for your recommendation.

David Currey said...

Was this a remote controlled or radio controlled locomotive?

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