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Wrecks on the rails are a fact of life.

We'd like to stress that this small section is NOT intended to trivialize such disastors. People get hurt and killed and we find no fascination in the subject. We do however hope to make you more aware of the very real dangers that go hand-in-hand with controlling "millions of tons of hurtling steel."



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  Lincoln, NE 1911

Unit:

Missouri Pacific
unknown steam
Location/Date of Photo:

Lincoln, NE    
1911
Locomotive No.

-
Photographer:

Courtesy of Jim McKee, Lincoln Journal-Star. Used with permission.
Pictured is a MoPac locomotive that crashed through the wall of the Lincoln depot into the ticket office in 1911. Story courtesy of Jim McKee, Lincoln Journal-Star. Used with permission.


  Greenwood, LA 1973

Unit:

Missouri Pacific
-
Location/Date of Photo:

Greenwood, Louisiana    
1973
Rollingstock No.

-
Photographer:

Russell Higginbotham Photo
Some shots of a derailment on the T&P line near Greenwood, Louisiana (W. 70th St. at Flournoy-Lucas Rd.) sometime around 1973. I was a young teen at the time and rode my bike several miles to photograph the wreck. The crew allowed me to wander freely among the wreckage and photograph the proceedings. The photos were taken with an Instamatic camera.
See more from this series at http://www.marshallshops.com/derailment

Unit:

Missouri Pacific
Bulldozers
Location/Date of Photo:

Greenwood, Louisiana    
1973
Rollingstock No.

-
Photographer:

Russell Higginbotham Photo
Bulldozers clearing up derailment on the T&P line near Greenwood, Louisiana.
See more from this series at http://www.marshallshops.com/derailment

Unit:

Missouri Pacific
Crane
Location/Date of Photo:

Greenwood, Louisiana    
1973
Rollingstock No.

X152
Photographer:

Russell Higginbotham Photo
Detail of crane at derailment on the T&P line near Greenwood, Louisiana.
See more from this series at http://www.marshallshops.com/derailment

Unit:

Missouri Pacific
Crane
Boomcar
Location/Date of Photo:

Greenwood, Louisiana    
1973
Rollingstock No.

-
Photographer:

Russell Higginbotham Photo
Detail of crane and boom car at derailment on the T&P line near Greenwood, Louisiana.
See more from this series at http://www.marshallshops.com/derailment

Unit:

Missouri Pacific
Boomcar
Location/Date of Photo:

Greenwood, Louisiana    
1973
Rollingstock No.

-
Photographer:

Russell Higginbotham Photo
Detail of boom car with spare wheelsets painted in MoW orange at derailment on the T&P line near Greenwood, Louisiana.
See more from this series at http://www.marshallshops.com/derailment

Unit:

Missouri Pacific
EMD GP7
Location/Date of Photo:

Greenwood, Louisiana    
1973
Locomotive No.

MP 304
Photographer:

Russell Higginbotham Photo
Picking up the pieces - GP7 #304 and work equipment at a derailment on the T&P line near Greenwood, Louisiana sometime around 1973. MP 304 would itself be involved in a wreck on 2/3/76 at Ward AR resulting in its retirement.
See more from this series at http://www.marshallshops.com/derailment



  Cotulla, Texas 1973

Unit:

Missouri Pacific
EMD GP18's
Location/Date of Photo:

Cotulla, TX    
1973
Locomotive No.

-
Photographer:

Jay Glenewinkel Collection
A derrick crane attempts to move one of the GP18s involved in the collision.
Exclusive Photo Series:
Missouri Pacific Disaster in Cotulla, Texas 1973



  Texas 1988

Unit:

Missouri Pacific
-
Location/Date of Photo:

TX    
June 1988
Locomotive No.

-
Photographer:

Jay Glenewinkel Photo
Aftermath of 11 cars on a MoPac train derailed in Texas, 1988. The wreck took place an hour before this photo was taken

Unit:

Missouri Pacific
-
Location/Date of Photo:

TX    
June 1988
Locomotive No.

-
Photographer:

Jay Glenewinkel Photo
Crews clean up after a chemical train derailment on the MoPac in Texas, 1988



  Devine, Texas 1997

Unit:

Missouri Pacific
-
Location/Date of Photo:

Devine, TX    
June 1997
Locomotive No.

-
Photographer:

Jay Glenewinkel Photo
Exclusive Photo Series: Devine, Texas

In June of 1997, two freights collided head on in the small town of Devine, Texas, approximatley 36 miles south of San Antonio. The incident was a result of a dispatcher error, in which he permitted the two trains to occupy the same section of track. The Northbound was running at 19 MPH, while the Southbound had accelerated to over 40 MPH. Two crewmen and two illegal riders were killed and one additional crewman was critically injured. A fourth crewman was able to walk away from the wreckage with only minor injuries.




  Miscellaneous

Unit:

Missouri Pacific
GE U30C
Location/Date of Photo:

E. St. Louis, MO   
October 3 1976
Locomotive No.

MP 3319
Photographer:

Rider photo/Brian Paul Ehni Collection
Back on the line again - MP 3319 is a curious site after losing it's cab in an accident. TheMoPac ran the unfortunate U30C as a cabless "B" unit until it could be fully repaired at the shops.






 MoPac Wrecks - related topics on this site

Dark Territory

Cotulla Wreck of '73

SD40-2 - MP #3211/ Life and Death of a Locomotive

 Featuring the Photography of:
Russell Higginbotham, Jay Glenewinkel, Rider Photo/Brian Paul Ehni Collection


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