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A train carrying crude oil derailed overnight in the heart of Lac-Mégantic in Quebec's Eastern Townships, sparking a major fire that has brought firefighters from the town and neighbouring municipalities to the area, and led to the evacuation of hundreds of people.
The train had two red engines that were pulling a very long load. I watched it as it began to move faster. As it gained speed, I became concerned because it did not seem to be traveling safely.
When the train derailed it bounced towards the highway and continued to move along the street.
There were buildings burning. There was a fireball.
Originally posted by Montana
That photo is of an engine experiencing an exhaust pipe fire. Incomplete combustion of the diesel fuel creates a build up of carbon in the exhaust pipe. When the engine experiences a high-revolution condition (usually when starting the train moving, or going from braking to power) the carbon catches on fire for a moment. It usually doesn't last long (five to ten seconds) and will reoccur frequently until the engine is given a "tune up" at a service facility. I have never heard of it causing a derailment or a fire in the train.