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    Anybody know the story that goes with these pictures?
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    Just thought this looked interesting and wondered if anybody knew the story. Not much the FD could do and it finally gave way and the train calls fell into the ravine.
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    Just thought this looked interesting and wondered if anybody knew the story. Not much the FD could do and it finally gave way and the train calls fell into the ravine.
    Why could they have not atleast pulled the train off the tressle?
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    The story is availabe at http://www.arizonarails.com/bad_day.html

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    I would suspect that a hot box set the grass on fire, thus setting the tressle on fire. Or the other way around.
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    Well now, that sucks.
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    I've been to a trestle fire in the middle of the night - most impressive. An absolute bitch to put out.
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    I am pretty darn sure that this was on FH.com .........but it was a while ago .
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    That is indeed a bad day. If i was the one of the train crew, i would not buy myself a lottery ticket. I would probably get a paper cut or get run over trying to get to the newsagent with that luck!
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    Originally posted by DennisTheMenace
    Why could they have not atleast pulled the train off the tressle?
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    The fire was caused by a burned off journal on one of the cars that caused the train to derail, also throwing the train itself into emergency. The train crew had to walk about a half mile back from the lead unit to assess the problem, and by that time the bridge was already on fire. All the crew could do was to unhook the remaining cars on the edge of the bridge and save the remainder of the train.
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    Originally posted by RLFD14
    From the link provided above...
    I posted before the link was provided....that sucks, to bad they were trying to do the right thing by stopping, what bad luck to have the one bad car stop in the one place along the route that you would not like it to!
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    Counldn't you just go over with a deck gun and start blasting it? That would keep you at a safe distance and still provide water (assuming you have a water supply). We don't have tressles here so I'm really just asking.
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    Thanks for the info.
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    nmfire, if you look at the second picture close, it looks like there is a fair drop off just beyond view (Can the photo taker comfirm?). I would imagine the structure of the trestle is a lot larger than it looks. Even deck guns have to get somewhat close to be effective. Also, did the department arrive on scene to find it like this, or was it not as bad when they on scened? Finally, and along with my last thought, maybe they got called, got there to find it this far gone, and figured it was going to fall over at any moment, so why risk men or equipment? Just a guess.
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    I've gotten those pics and the story in e-mails a couple of times. I sure wouldn't want to face that...last summer we had someone who was just determined there for a bit to try to take out this trestle that is supposed to eventually be a 'Rails to Trails' connector. Best we can figure it was probably the guy, or his son, whose property the thing is near. It has been OOS for years. It was set on fire about 6 times over a couple or three days, and it WAS hard to put out too. Luckily it got called in every time before it got too bad.
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    I suppose access could be a problem, it's hard to tell. You can get a lot of distance of a deck gun but I guess if they didn't there's a reason. Hell, maybe they didn't have a deck gun anyway. I wouldn't be to interested in saving the bridge, but if it would give someone time to start un-hooking cars or pulling off the bridge, it might be worth a shot.
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