SANTA FE BIG HOOK IN ACTION

THIS DOES NOT LOOK GOOD AT ALL!

This apparent sideswipe resulted in the lead locomotive of an Eastbound freight leaving the the rails and ending in the ditch. This accident happened in mid-1971 on the AT&SF mainline portion located near Carmenita, Cal.  I do not recall the circumstance which led to my opportunity to photograph the incident, but it was most likely my observation of these damaged cars. I ask a friend recently to look-up M.P. 157 and he reported it is within the city of La Mirada. This makes sense to me as La Mirada is but a short distance East of Carmenita. I am sure of Carmenita because I recognize the oil tanks and the refinery tower visible in one of the photographs. I am a dyed-in-the-wool Union Pacific RR brand of foamer and I do not possess much AT&SF reference material. So, I am not sure, but strongly suspect the use of a steam powered derrick to clean-up this mess in 1971 was the last time, or nearly the last time, it was used thus on the AT&SF.

About THE OLD MACHINIST

I am 82 years old and wed for 65 years. I am a retired engineer and spent 35 years developing INS gyroscopes. I am a High School mentor in physics, mountaineer, model builder, machinist and have a degree in Physics. My interests include railroad history and photography, science history, cosmology, interesting people, and old engineering drawings. I place a high value on my friendships. I enjoy life and am looking forward to the future with my usual sense of anticipation and curiosity.
This entry was posted in DIESEL LOCOMOTIVES. Bookmark the permalink.

WRITE COMMENTS, QUESTIONS , OR WHATEVER HERE.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s