Thursday, February 02, 2006

Derailment

From: "J. Williams" grayguy22@yahoo.com

From the mid-1800s to the end of the century, old newspapers of the period report that locomotives periodically collided with wildlife and that occasionally, if the animal were large enough, the impact resulted in derailment.

My question is: Was the train's crew equipped to repair the track on site and get the train running themselves (provided neither the locomotive nor any of the cars were overturned) or did they always have to wait for a separate crew to arrive with heavy equipment and special skills?

Wondering,

Jon Williams
Wasatch Mountains, Utah