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Date: 03/09/04 20:31
Roseville CA Explosion of the Past
Author: rrman6

Watched the History Channel's Modern Marvels this eve concerning transport of HAZMAT materials and saw the pics of Roseville in the 1960's when the yard, cars and buildings were blown to bits by exploding bombs. Is there any survivors of this disaster on this board that was in the vicinity at the time? Any images would be interesting to see. If so, an advance thanks to whoever submits such!



Date: 03/09/04 20:40
Re: Roseville CA Explosion of the Past
Author: sploopconductor

Maybe Eli Brown is around ... he was there! Eli?, Eli? He along with others, of course, got in there and pulled several cuts of cars away from the mess; SP made him a Trainmaster!

Larry



Date: 03/09/04 21:33
Re: Roseville CA Explosion of the Past
Author: Scott

It was loud, long and the Sheriff's command center was at Rusch Park.

4 years ago they were still finding unexploded bombs.



Date: 03/09/04 23:23
Re: Roseville CA Explosion of the Past
Author: dggill

When UP was tearing up the old Roseville Yard to reconstruct it into the new Davis Yard, the project was halted several times as earthmoving equipment uncovered unexploded ordinance.

The area around Antelope was almost entirely rural. Today, the Antelope end of Davis Yard is completely surrounded by housing subdivisions and a similar disaster today would have far different consequences that the one four decades ago.




Date: 03/10/04 00:38
Re: Roseville CA Explosion of the Past
Author: topper

This article from the Sacramento Bee might be of interest:

http://www.sacbee.com/static/archive/ourtown/history/railbombs.html



Date: 03/10/04 07:18
Re: Roseville CA Explosion of the Past
Author: Railbaron

rrman6 Wrote:
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> ... saw the pics of Roseville in the 1960's when the
> yard, cars and buildings were blown to bits by
> exploding bombs. ...

I believe this was 1973, not "1960's".



Date: 03/10/04 10:18
Re: Roseville CA Explosion of the Past
Author: chrisb

When bombs were found during the rebuilding of the railyard they were surrounded by huge mounds of dirt and detonated. Some were duds, but quite a few "went off" sending sharpnel into the residential neighborhood as was reported at the time.



Date: 03/10/04 14:24
Re: Roseville CA Explosion of the Past
Author: Amtkrd4man

Pretty sure it was 73 DAve...Remember following you up the Coast on #13? hanging out the vestabule....the day it blew up....



Date: 03/11/04 06:23
Re: Roseville CA Explosion of the Past
Author: topper

April 28, 1973.



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