Amtrak locomotive from Vermonter rock slide derailment hauled off with 12-axle transporter

October 12, 2015

Amtrak locomotive number 102 was transported to Montpelier Junction Sunday, after being retrieved by heavy-duty cranes from the steep ravine where it came to rest after last Monday’s derailment in Northfield.Website Insert Cars and Financing copy

At 1:45 p.m. Sunday, a New England Central Railroad locomotive slowly pulled the wrecked locomotive, strapped firmly to a flatcar, from the spot in Northfield village to which it had been taken by road on Saturday. Crews from a New York State rigging company had spent about two hours lifting the Amtrak locomotive from that site and suspending it over the tracks while the NECR engineer backed in his flatcar.

According to unconfirmed information, the locomotive will be sent on to Amtrak’s main shops in Beech Grove, Ind., for repair, as will all the damaged cars, which were taken by rail earlier this week to Montpelier Junction, site of Amtrak’s Montpelier station.

The process of recovering the locomotive rose had its highlight late Saturday afternoon, when a 12-axle behemoth known as a self-propelled modular transporter carried the locomotive from the derailment site on Northfield’s Bull Run Road down Routes 12A and 12 to the center of Northfield village. There, the transporter and locomotive were parked awaiting Sunday’s transfer of the locomotive to the NECR flatcar.

The locomotive’s left side was badly bashed in, but no other major damage was obviously visible.

Read the full story and see a dramatic photo in reporter C.B. Hall’s story on by clicking here.


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