Just an FYI for those who have not heard the news.
This is the reason for the delayed train 3 arriving SoCal on wednesday morning 6-13-07.
This info off of that other large website:
Date: June 12, 2007 08:28
SW Chief derailment postmortem
Approx. 710pm on 11JUN2007, SW Chief, Train 3(11) with AMTK 170 and 159 was operating through crossover from siding to Track 1 to Track 2 at West Fort Madison, when both units and lead truck of Baggage 1252 derailed. No injuries to any of the 248 passengers, but engineer was treated for "duress" by medics. All equipment in line and upright, HEP remained in operation.
AMTK 170 had leaking battery acid and underbody parts were hanging loose. Hazardous material leakage was contained by fire department.
Bustitution to Kansas City was arranged; when buses arrived a BNSF unit pulled rear eight cars to Ft. Madison station to transfer passengers. Passengers were accommodated in hotel at Kansas City.
Train 4(10) terminated short at Kansas City with onward bustitution, equipment turning to represent Train 3(11) with an estimated departure time from Kansas City at 1200 on 12JUN to allow the passengers rest time (they arrived at hotel at 400am).
Complimentary snack packs, snacks and beverages were provided to passengers at Fort Madison, and a grand time was had by all who were still awake. :-) Passengers were to be provided breakfast at the hotel in Kansas City.
Non-derailed equipment is to be deadheaded to Chicago on 12JUN2007 using a BNSF unit.
Derailed equipment was re-railed at 235am on 12JUN2007. Track #1 estimated reopening was 400am; Track #2 at 800am.
AMTK 170: $150,000
AMTK 159: $100,000
Baggage 1252: $15,000