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SaturnaliaFeb 07, 2018
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C&O Derailment - Howell, 1976 - Bob M PhotoHow did it happen? Here is the entire story, because I was there for it. The date was January 12, 1976, at 5:30am Train 156 from Grand Rapids to Flint, as it crossed the diamond at Ann Pere encountered a broken rail just east of the diamond. The last five cars in the train and the caboose derailed, but all but the caboose, which when down into the ravine, remained upright.

What was ironic about this, the conductor, who back in the "old days" had their own assigned caboose, that he took with him on whatever job he was on, was on his first trip to Flint with his cab 3160, after many years on the Grand Rapids to Toledo runs.

On the date of the incident, six inches of new snow had fallen, and within 24 hours after, another foot had fallen. Combined with this and other factors, the caboose was not re-railed and brought up from the ravine until March 17, 1976 after laying there for two months and five days.
SaturnaliaApr 06, 2017
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C&O Derailment - Howell, 1976 - Bob M PhotoHow did it happen? Here is the entire story, because I was there for it. The date was January 12, 1976, at 5:30am Train 156 from Grand Rapids to Flint, as it crossed the diamond at Ann Pere encountered a broken rail just east of the diamond. The last five cars in the train and the caboose derailed, but all but the caboose, which when down into the ravine, remained upright.

What was ironic about this, the conductor, who back in the "old days" had their own assigned caboose, that he took with him on whatever job he was on, was on his first trip to Flint with his cab 3160, after many years on the Grand Rapids to Toledo runs.

On the date of the incident, six inches of new snow had fallen, and within 24 hours after, another foot had fallen. Combined with this and other factors, the caboose was not re-railed and brought up from the ravine until March 17, 1976 after laying there for two months and five days.
SaturnaliaApr 06, 2017
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GLC 393Photo by Bob M, in Howell, MI. Uploaded by requestSaturnaliaApr 13, 2016
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GLC 393Photo by Bob M, in Howell, MI. Uploaded by requestSaturnaliaApr 13, 2016
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GLC 393Photo by Bob M, in Howell, MI. Uploaded by requestSaturnaliaApr 13, 2016
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SaturnaliaMar 07, 2016
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SaturnaliaJan 24, 2016
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Durand in 1922Hand-drawn, edited in paint. SaturnaliaJul 20, 2015
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Rail Accidents 2013Temporary upload...SaturnaliaDec 19, 2014
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Message Board CodeCopy everything in this this box to the board to embed the picture there. Don't forget to delete the "thumb_", so the picture shows full-size. SaturnaliaAug 03, 2013
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NS Scale Test car in the GRE Yard 4-9-13SaturnaliaApr 09, 2013
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The truth about Porter Jct's future: David Cameron said so!SaturnaliaAug 29, 2012
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SaturnaliaAug 27, 2012
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Myself in Kent City, MIJ T took this shot of myself and grandpa on the pedsetrian bridge in Kent City, MI. We were waiting for Marquette Rail's Santa Train to Finish up with their stop in town. SaturnaliaJul 10, 2012
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