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Re: [CBQ] Train hits barge

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Subject: Re: [CBQ] Train hits barge
From: "Charlie Vlk" <cvlk@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2021 16:00:11 -0600


I suppose since the barge was at rest before the collision technically the headlines are correct, but it is interesting that the BNSF statement is the only one that even hints that the barge was the offending party.

Reminds me of a court case that was tried in Milwaukee where a man claimed that a North Shore train
“veered into his lane” when they were on the bridge just south of the NSL terminal.

Dave Lotz got his name into the TRAINS magazine news update:

Unlikely as a train-barge collision sounds, it does have a historical precedent. Burlington’s Mark Twain Zephyr derailed after striking a barge near Keokuk, Iowa on Nov. 16, 1951, as reported in the book “Mark Twain Zephyr: History, Restoration and Rebirth,” by Kandace and Robert Tabern with John Kelly and Dave Lotz. The prow of the barge had extended over the tracks. Less than a year later, on Aug. 19, 1951, the train narrowly avoided another such collision at almost the same spot, this time stopping short of the intruding barge.”

Charlie Vlk



From: CBQ@xxxxxxxxx <CBQ@xxxxxxxxx> On Behalf Of Ken Martin via
Sent: Monday, November 15, 2021 10:25 AM
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Subject: Re: [CBQ] Train hits barge


The Burlington Hawk-eye report on the wreck.


Ken Martin




On Nov 15, 2021, at 7:00 AM, Ken Vandevoort <countrydepottrains@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:


A train hit a barge tied to the shore in Montrose on the K-Line last Saturday night derailing two locomotives and overturning several coal cars.  I have heard a story that the Mark Twain Zephyr once hit a barge somewhere on that line.  It sounds like someone not too bright on the river will be responsible for this.  Was this a frequent occurrence?

Ken Vandevoort

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