For the good times

Don’t look so sad, I know it’s over
But life goes on and this old world will keep on turning
Let’s just be glad we had some time to spend together
There’s no need to watch the bridges that were burning

 Lay your head upon my pillow
Hold your Tri-ang tender body close to mine
Hear the whisper of… Hang on, hold it, stop right there.

Hold your Tri-ang tender body close to mine?

Well, yeah, actually. The FCPyF’s consolidation has a new tender. It’s larger than the one originally paired with this loco. Older readers will spot its heritage, especially as the consolidation has had a matching white line painted along the running boards and base of the cab.

The train had stopped at Rio Paleta and set back to pick up a boxcar from the mine spur.

Railroads can be dangerous places if the staff are not paying attention to what they’re doing. The passenger train’s conductor was too interested in taking photos of his train and he forgot to reset the switch.

The next downhill train was railcar 305, booked a request stop at Rio Paleta but there were no intending passengers so the train picked up speed again as it passed the depot. Luckily it was still moving reasonably slowly when it lurched over the switch, which was still set for the spur.

Again luck was on the side of the railcar. The hopper was empty, and standing with its brakes off, so it rolled to the end of the spur when 305 collided with it, thus reducing the impact and no damage was done.

It could have been a lot worse. If it was a heavy train instead of a lightweight railcar, or if the hopper car was loaded, the collision would probably have caused a derailment, maybe damaging either the rolling stock or the mine tipple building. As it was the railcar was backed out of the spur, the switch reset, and that was the end of the matter. There’s major paperwork involved when senior management find out about minor incidents, best to just keep the job going and say nothing.

What a way to run a railroad!

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About Bob Hughes

Ex railwayman, life long railway modeller, lover of real ale and spicy food.
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