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View Diary: More Mystery Surrounds Canadian Ghost Train: Where are the locomotives? (160 comments)

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  •  Unlikely they'll ever go back (0+ / 0-)

    and rebuild the beds/railway tracks anywhere in North America in our lifetimes, maybe in forever. But you're right about 'something' setting the thing in motion, not even Bigfoot is big enough to start a train rolling on a 1% grade, though. Trains are seriously heavy beasties. As in a thousand tons or more (just the engines are ~90+ tons apiece, plus loaded tankers/cars at up to 140 tons apiece). That's some serious inertia at relative rest, you can't start it rolling just by pushing on it with all your muscles. Even if Bigfoot brought the whole family.

    I am not buying the 70 mph assumption (in comments here). Momentum of that much mass in motion doesn't need that kind of speed to wreck spectacularly upon a coupling switch gone bad. They filmed the movie The Fugitive near here, some of the most impressive footage of derailment ever - 2 locomotives and 4 empty cars (pushed from behind). That sucker wasn't going more than 40 mph.

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