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Railfan Pictures of the Day - 11/01/2005

SEPTA Norristown Line Conshohocken PA October 23 2005

SEPTA's emergency evacuation drill. Part One of the drill can be found here.

All victims and emergency personnel leaving the scene passed through a decontamination station set up near the grade crossing at Cherry Street just west of the train.

The haz-mat units carry plastic baby pools as part of their equipment.
After removing the victims from the engine and cars and securing the hazardous materials, they turned their attention to a "victim" trapped beneath Silverliner 235.
During the drill, which lasted about 5 hours, SEPTA continued to run R6 Norristown locals in single track operation on Track 2. The train for the drill was on the siding that connected Track 1 to the former Pennsylvania Railroad trackage that ran along side the Reading between Spring Mill and Conshohocken Stations. That track was last used to service a customer at Spring Mill a few years ago and hosted PRR electrified passenger trains until the 1960's. The PRR and Reading catenary structures actually share the center support along this stretch of track.


All pictures October 23 2005 Copyright © 2005 John P. Almeida

Photographs for personal use only. All rights reserved by original owner of image. Reproduction or redistribution in any form without express written permission is prohibited.

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