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    Default Big Cats in a tunnel...

    Last week we worked on a 47 car derailment in the St.Clair Tunnel between Sarnia Ont & Port Huron Michigan. It was one of the toughest jobs in years. Many heavy cars and a 200 ton DPU locomotive had to be dragged through the ballast stone and clear of the 6,000 foot tunnel. A clip and pics https://www.dropbox.com/s/9tuz419n86...bined.wmv?dl=0

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    do you get hired then you haul the machines to the site? thanks
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    What was the cause of the derailment? Track maintenance??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Magnet View Post
    What was the cause of the derailment? Track maintenance??
    I have no idea. After a few dozen wrecks you don't care, just there to clear them up. The last thing it would be in that tunnel is poor rail... Its heavy rail, concrete ties in new condition and very well maintained. Could have been any number of things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobo groh View Post
    do you get hired then you haul the machines to the site? thanks
    Just like a wrecker outfit, but instead of cars and trucks, its trains. The railroads call, we go.

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    Default GOOD Stuff.

    Hi, Tim T.
    Good stuff. Thanks for sharing. Pulling that loco out musta bin some job.

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    looks like a fun job.
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    Default Wow!

    You have to assume that when a derailment occurs outside that the energy is dissipated by the cars going every which way. My impression is inside the tunnel, they expend that energy by smashing each other into wreckage? Looks like a lot of twisted iron to dig/yank out of there?

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    Which end did you go in through, Canadian or US?
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    We worked from the Sarnia side, and Yep with no place to go, some of those cars were mangled beyond recognition. It took 9 big cats and a track derrick to pull the locomotive out, we dragged it nearly 3,000 feet in balla. It had minimal damage and at four million bucks, they sure did not want to cut it up in the tunnel. One of the biggest wrecks for all around difficulty and size I have ever worked. It was a pure brute force job. We used cable as big as 3" and 150 ton shackles to get heavy enough rigging to hold together.Everything had to come out by straight pulling power.

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