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Posted by: Roger_Hensley Posted on: Jan 18th, 2017, 6:30am
2/7/1956 at Kokomo Indiana  PRR 5778(DR6-4-2000)
PRR Baldwin Sharknose 5778 lies on its side in Kokomo, Indiana. This was PRR passenger train #208, which ran from Chicago to Cincinnati. The train had made it's regularly scheduled station stop in Kokomo, and was accelerating southbound when the lead engine was diverted by a mis-thrown switch onto an industrial siding, the curvature of which caused the lead unit to tip over from inertia. Fortunately the train wasn't rolling at high speed yet, and the engineer and firemen both survived. None of the trailing cars tipped over, and there were no injuries among the passengers or train crew. Subsequent investigation determined that the switch had been thrown by a young boy (approx age 10-12) who had somehow obtained a switch key, unlocked the siding switch, and thrown it ahead of the train.
Photo by Maynard Krug - Bob Krug Collection
 
Posted by: Roger_Hensley Posted on: Feb 6th, 2017, 6:22am
Baldwin Sharknose PRR 5778 lies toppled on an industrial siding in Kokomo, IN
Photo by Maynard Krug - Bob Krug Collection
 

Posted by: ClydeDET Posted on: Apr 20th, 2017, 2:18pm
Rather a mess, wasn't it? Bet there was substantial delay in getting the passengers back on their way...