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Date: 05/01/13 15:49
AT&SF Ballico derailment 1984
Author: willieb007

An earlier thread http://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?11,3058346
noted the derailment of train 1-901-14 on the Santa Fe Valley Division just east of Ballico, California on June 14, 1984. According to the August, 1984 issue of CTC Board,

"A kinked rail, apparently caused by a lowboy trailer bottoming out at a grade crossing (and then leaving the scene), caused Santa Fe's 1-901-14 train to derail 3 units and 21 cars at Ballico, California on June 14, 1984. The 1st unit in the consist, ATSF 2741, made it across the damaged rail but the trailing 3 units rolled over on their side. 3 units led by ATSF 2852, were brought up from Fresno to pull the fated 901 train through the derailment site after reopening on June 15th."

Engineer Bailey several times recounted his story of making it passed the kinked rail with only the lead unit. It was a family tradition of the Bailey's to get the lead unit over bad track. His father a few years earlier had weathered the storm near Holt, California after the track had washed out. Old Man Bailey managed to pilot the lead unit over the washout, however the second unit did not do as well.

1- Ballico aftermath
2,3- Bailey's Gap (near Holt, CA)



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/01/13 21:18 by willieb007.








Date: 05/01/13 19:56
Re: AT&SF Ballico derailment 1984
Author: miralomarail

So did any of these units get Repaired ?



Date: 05/01/13 19:58
Re: AT&SF Ballico derailment 1984
Author: upkpfan

In this last pic, what is the big pipe for in the back ground? Is that a water line and if so, from where to where? upkpfan



Date: 05/01/13 20:10
Re: AT&SF Ballico derailment 1984
Author: willieb007

EBMUD. East Bay Municipal Utilities District. It carries water from the foothills to the Bay Area.

Not sure on the units. I'll work on that!

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Date: 05/01/13 20:44
Re: AT&SF Ballico derailment 1984
Author: PasadenaSub

Looking at my BNSF roster (from 2005), it appears that the 2873 survived to become a BNSF unit while the 3261 did not.



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