Re: Amtrak #14 in mudslide near McCredie Springs, OR
Date: 03-22-2012 - 20:56
> Yeah Smitty, 45 miles may be a little much. If
> (if, if, if) the present slide happened at mp571
> and the Frazier slide happened in the area of 551
> that would only be about 20 rail miles. I don't
> think it is more than five air line miles though.
> The railroad, highway 58, and Salt Creek all go
> southeast from Oakridge (mp581). They stay fairly
> close to each other on an average 1.8 per cent
> grade until they reach the south end of Heather
> siding. About there the highway looks ahead and
> sees Salt Creek falls and takes off on a six per
> cent grade in order to get over it. The railroad
> can't do that so it crosses to the opposite side
> of the canyon and heads back toward Oakridge for
> about eight miles. There it does another
> horseshoe turn and is again headed toward the
> summit. It take the railroad about 24 miles to do
> what the highway does in eight. Takes AMTRAK
> about an hour (approx) to do what a car can do in
> 10 minutes.
> At the Frazier slide the railroad DIAPPEARED for
> almost the length of a Coast Starlight train. The
> mud went down the hill and COVERED the track near
> Wicopee (mp561-562). "So far" this slide sounds
> rather routine for the Cascades. There just
> happened to be a train there when it happened.
> And you probably wouldn't hear about it if it
> wasn't a passenger train.
> I've seen a tree, two feet in diameter, across the
> track.......... It fell on the upside of the
> track and landed on a low bank on the downside.
> Now, you come around the corner and see the uphill
> portion cut off on one side. Over on the other
> side is upper part of the tree cut off. Missing
> between the two is the section that has been
> removed, right at cab height.
> That trip back to Chemult must have been
> unpleasant at the least. There wouldn't have been
> any Head End Power. Probably about two
I knew you'd have the scoop, JB! Thanks, and nice to hear from you!!