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avatar Rangers Respond to Request for Assistance for Grand Canyon Railway
December 14, 2009 07:02PM
Rangers Respond to Request for Assistance for Grand Canyon Railway
Date: December 14, 2009
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958

Grand Canyon, Ariz. – At approximately 11:40 a.m. on Monday, December 14, the National Park Service (NPS) responded to a request for assistance from the Grand Canyon Railway (Railway) at the rail junction with Rowe Well Road three miles inside the park boundary. Upon arriving at the scene, ranger’s found the train stopped approximately 70 feet beyond the rail junction with one of the locomotive’s four axles no longer on the track. The train’s 70 passengers, four engine crew and three passenger service attendants were unhurt, but eager to finish their trip to the South Rim.

Xanterra South Rim, L.L.C, a concessioner in the park, brought in buses to transport the passengers the rest of the way to Grand Canyon Village while Railway and NPS crews worked to clear snow and ice in order to get the train’s axle back on the track.

The locomotive involved in the incident returned to Williams early this afternoon so that a full inspection could be conducted. A replacement locomotive was brought in to complete the train’s scheduled round trip. Additionally, the train delayed its departure from the Grand Canyon by an hour in order to give passengers the full benefit of their visit to the park.

Preliminary investigations indicate that the incident was caused by a buildup of ice on the tracks. Although Federal Railroad Administration requires that tracks such as those in the park be inspected two times per week, Grand Canyon Railway makes every effort to inspect their tracks daily. Railway staff confirmed that the Rowe Well section of track was last inspected yesterday.

The NPS is continuing its investigation into the incident.

-NPS-
avatar Re: Rangers Respond to Request for Assistance for Grand Canyon Railway
December 14, 2009 07:22PM
One axle froze a bearing and probably not related to ice.
avatar Re: Rangers Respond to Request for Assistance for Grand Canyon Railway
December 14, 2009 07:26PM
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Vince
One axle froze a bearing and probably not related to ice.

What makes you think that? Do you have a source beyond the NPS press release I posted?
avatar Re: Rangers Respond to Request for Assistance for Grand Canyon Railway
December 15, 2009 07:23PM
I question whether the weight of a railroad engine could be twarthed by ice on the track. I would think it would pulverize the ice.
avatar Re: Rangers Respond to Request for Assistance for Grand Canyon Railway
December 16, 2009 02:42AM
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tomdisco
I question whether the weight of a railroad engine could be twarthed by ice on the track. I would think it would pulverize the ice.

It was at a junction. The ice probably formed in a fork and just lifted the wheels off the rail.
avatar Re: Rangers Respond to Request for Assistance for Grand Canyon Railway
December 16, 2009 01:34PM
O.K., that would explain it because the ice would have no place to go. Darned molecules and laws of physics always messing things up.
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