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National Railway Historical Society

Established in 1936


Railfan Pictures of the Day - 04/04/2006

SEPTA Main Line Ambler PA April 4 2006
At approximately 11:20 today a dump truck heading east at the Church Road grade crossing in South Ambler went through the crossing with its dump bed in the raised position, taking out both power and signal wires on both tracks. The resulting electrical surge passed through the truck body and grounded on the rails, arcing through the rims to the steel belts in the tires, causing at least one blowout. The truck continued east for another 50-60 feet before stopping.
This is Part One, Part Two is here, Part Three here and Part Four here, Part Five here.
Although it is pictured down, eyewitnesses report that the dump body was in the up position.
Wire was down within a couple catenary poles of the crossing, and drooping as far north as Ambler Station, pictured in the distance, and several catenary poles to the south.
After the wires were properly grounded, personnel started the process of initial cleanup.
What was on the ground was not the only problem.
More pictures to come.


All pictures April 4 2006 Copyright © 2006 John P. Almeida

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