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Ed Lecuyer

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Safety Reminder - Tragic Accident on Private 2' RR
« on: January 21, 2009, 10:47:18 PM »
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elecuyer wrote:
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There was a terrible accident at a privately owned 2' RR (600mm to be precise) in Minnesota. Apparently, as the train rounded a curve, all the passengers in the caboose leaned to one side. Sensing the impeding trouble, the volunteer brakeman jumped, then tried to keep the car upright. Despite his heroics (which some claim allowed other to escape injury) the caboose toppled on him - killing him instantly.
News reports here:
http://www.wctrib.com/ap/index.cfm?page=view&id=D8S92ARO0&forumcomm_check_return
http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=267289
http://www.startribune.com/462/story/1484405.html
I bring this up as a reminder to us all of the potential dangers of railroading (regardless of gauge.)
-Ed Lecuyer

Mike Fox replied:
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Very sad indeed. My sympathies go out to all involved or touched by this.
Mike

mikechoochoo replied:
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Hi.
The Railroad is owned by Jim Machacek and I have been there a couple of times. I believe I have met the gentleman who was killed. Jim always ran slow and gave a nice ride around the loop of track. A few years ago he relaid most of it with 60 pound rail.
Here's a link to some video from a local TV station.
http://kstp.com/article/stories/S225331.shtml
All in all a sad event.
Mikechoochoo
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