RailPictures.Net Photo: Soo 4408 Soo Line EMD GP38-2 at Gilchrist, Michigan by Chuck Schwesinger
 
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Soo Line (more..)
EMD GP38-2 (more..)
Unknown
Gilchrist, Michigan, USA (more..)
July 12, 1982
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Soo 4408 (more..)
Soo 909-910 (more..)
Chuck Schwesinger (more..)
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Firefighters, railroad workers, police, and a couple photographers at the site of a head on collision between Soo trains 909-910 about 1 mile east of Gilchrist. 910 was supposed to take siding at Gilchrist for the meet but inadvertently went past and continued toward the east meeting westbound 909 in a curve with this as the result. Crews jumped before impact no doubt saving their lives. The fuel tank on 4408 ruptured and burst into flames as the electrical cabinet on 6600 provided the spark to start the fire. The location was about a mile from the nearest road and the resulting fire quickly spread into the woods. Quick action from a nearby Michigan DNR firefighting crew who bulldozed a road in and quickly controlled the fire prevented this from becoming a even more serious situation. The train crews involved had quickly backed the remaining units and cars, remarkably none of which even derailed, away from the fire so they did not become involved.
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