Posted by Roesler on February 6, 2020 
Looks like a "Chernobyl" view...
Posted by FSWood on February 6, 2020 
That is quite a visually striking image. If RailPictures allows the link to the National Weather Service, NOAA, detailed report web page, this may be of interest to readers who have not already seen it, "Tornado Outbreak for January 11, 2020, Memphis, TN Weather Forecast Office" "Synopsis: A outbreak of nocturnal tornadoes occurred during the early morning hours of Saturday January 11th, 2020. An unseasonably warm air mass was prevalent across the Mid-South in the days leading up to the outbreak. Temperatures were generally in the mid to upper 60s the morning of the event, with dewpoints in the low to mid 60s as well. A strong and compact jet ejected into the Mid-South during the overnight hours spawning a line of storms. A broken line of strong thunderstorms developed just west of the Mississippi River around 430 AM LST and moved across the Mid-South through late morning. Multiple circulations developed within the line, prompting tornado warnings for much of north Mississippi and southwest Tennessee. A couple of tracks resulted in two and four tornadoes respectively. In addition, straight-line winds were responsible for damage across the a large swath of the area. Total Tornado Count: 13 EF ratings by scale: EF-0: 7 EF-1: 5 EF:2 1 Details of each tornado are provided below:"
Posted by Ghost85 on February 7, 2020 
This looks like a scene from an excellent zombie apocalypse movie! I love it!!!
Posted by James Burlington on February 7, 2020 
What do railroad crews do when a tornado threatens them? Do they bring the train to an emergency stop, get out, and seek shelter?
Posted by JT Photography on February 7, 2020 
Thank you all. James, general operating procedure on most roads is to bring the train to a stop and seek shelter if possible IF instructed to do so by a dispatcher. In many scenarios, the nose of the locomotive is the safest bet, compared to being out in the open, unless you should happen to be near a city. Again tho this varies by road. I would suggest googling Union Pacific Weather Alert Notification System (UPWAN) for an example to see how UP handles weather occurrences.
Posted by on February 12, 2020 
Back in the mid 1960's I was firing for Milwaukee Road Engineer Jim Kiltie on train 69 on a Sunday between Milwaukee and Portage,WI..Now Jim being an old steam guy about 69 years old had advanced what they call today COPD and was quite excitable partially because he'd lose is breathing so fast.....I deal with the same thing today as did my Dad who was a RAIL too...….As we approached Oconomowoc . on train 69 we could see to the southwest the sky was darkening. As we went through Ixonia we could see the winds were picking up and our four covered wagons were starting to get buffeted by flying tree limbs. As a headlight approached from the west (The Morning Hiawatha #6)we could see a funnel of a tornado approaching from the southwest bouncing up and down taking out barn after barn on the Wisconsin farmland just east of we approached the four mile curve and the meet with a 90mph passenger train on the double track the tornado bounced up and over both our trains and Hy16 and took out another red barn on the northside of the highway. Our speed never decreased nor did the passenger reports were filed to any state local or RR was JUST another day of RRing on the Milwaukee Road's Lacrosse Division.....After Watertown Jim and I changed positions and I ran the train the rest of the way to Portage and Jim got his breath back...…..Tom.
Posted by FSWood on February 12, 2020 
What a day at work, with added adrenaline rush at no extra charge!
Posted by JT Photography on February 12, 2020 
Great write up Tom. Always nice to hear how things used to be.
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