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National Railway Historical Society

Established in 1936


Railfan Pictures of the Day - 07/13/2006

SEPTA Warminster Line between Roslyn and Cresmont Stations Abington PA July 2 2006
Follow-up on the head-on collision of two SEPTA passenger trains. Part One can be found here, Part Two here, Part Three here, Part Four here.
The morning dawn brought an interesting sight for some residents of Grovania Avenue in Abington as they looked out their backyards.
If it had continued, the slide would probably been halted by several large trees and a couple of utility poles just off to the left, but fortunately no one got to find out.
It is amazing that the conversion coupler (which allows a freight coupler to mate with a Silverliner coupler) is holding up considering the amount of torque that must be on it.
Personnel on site await the arrival of a sidewinder to right the train, which was done later Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately, 224 suffered too much damage from both the collision and the slide, so with its almost irreplaceable parts in short supply, it will be cannibalized to keep the other Silverliner III's going.
The other three cars of the inbound train were taken under their own power back to Grove siding. Silverliner II 218, whose letterboard still has "LVANIA" visible, had a couple of its emergency window exits removed during the passenger evacuation.

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