posted on Mar, 3 2009 @ 11:11 PM
Last night, a friend and I decided that we would do some train watching from one of our favorite locations today. We got a hold of another buddy of
ours before we set out this morning. When we got to our spot, the traffic wasn't bad to start off with. Considering that within an hour and a half,
we had four trains pass by us. After those four had went by, we thought that it wasn't going to be a bad day. Boyyyyyyy, were we ever so wrong on
Around seven o'clock, we decided to try and grab a few shots of some power that had stopped on the bridge about a third of a mile from where we were
at. So we gather all of our camera equipment and other gadgets and venture down to where the two locomotives are setting. Little did we know that all
hell was about to break loose a little over a mile from where we had set up at.
Apparently some dumb
son of a
thought that it would be "cool" to open a release door on a loaded coal car. This car emptied its entire
load onto Number 1 Main and almost on to the Number 2 Main. I'm not talking just a few tons of coal. I'm talking about the entire 100 tons of coal
being dumped from the car. Not only that, the same dumb
son of a
opened a latch on an empty coal car that was parked in the siding
directly across from the loaded car.
At first, we didn't think that much about it until we heard the engineer call up the dispatcher saying that he had coal all over the place. Then the
conductor got off to go take a look at how much coal had in fact spilled. I could imagine the shock on his face when he realized that the whole
carload had been dumped out.
I want to know this............
How damn stupid can a person be?? I mean, why would anyone have the audacity to walk up to a fully loaded coal car and decide, "Oh, I'm going to
pull on this lever just to see what it does!!" Let's just say that whoever pulled this little stunt might have caused an accident if it wasn't
found when it was. We were lucky to not have a derailment occur because of this act of mischief.