Re: steam era coil steel cars

Garth G. Groff <ggg9y@...>


Absolutely. The Arcade (sometimes called Lisbon) trestle was collapsed
by a train of 21 cars of steel, probably all coils, being carried in
D&RGW 45' GS gondolas. The accident happened on July 24, 1951. Motor 650
was seriously damaged, but later returned to service. The WP caboose
(725 IIRC) was damaged beyond repair. The trestle took about three years
to fix, and was not electrified when reopened. The accident so scared
the WP management, that they decided to end ferry service with Ramon. It
was withdrawn the day the line reopened in 1954. After that, the former
mainline between West Sacramento and Chipps Island was nothing more than
an unimportant branch.

Kind regards,

Garth G. Groff

Ed Workman wrote:

-----Original Message-----
From: Garth G. Groff <>
they shipped coils on
the Western Pacific and Sacramento Northern in the steam/electric era:
in open gondolas.
Was it steel coils that collapsed the SN trestle?

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