Friday, June 29, 2007
I was called for train 330-990 on May 29th at 1430. This train had been on the lineup for about 12 hours earlier the night before, but it is not unusual for trains to be staged at Portage, so I didn't think anything of it.
When my conductor and I got out to the train, we saw the damage, and asked the Road Manager if it was okay to take it like this; he said that it was, and that it was being forwarded to Bensenville for preliminary repairs. I wasn't really thrilled about it, but as long as it had been blessed, I took it. Initially, neither of the ditch lights worked, meaning we had to cross every grade crossing at a reduced speed. About 10 miles out of Portage, however, the one unbroken ditch light lit up, allowing us to go track speed all the way to Bensenville. You might also notice that one of the headlights was burnt out, as well.
The train had hit a truckload of appliances in Mauston at about 0600 that morning. Apparently there were no serious injuries, at least not that I'm aware of.
Photos are courtesy of Bob Gallegos, taken near KK Bridge in Milwaukee.
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