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Amtrak Coast Starlight Derails In California
Thursday, December 7, 2000
Notes From Gene Poon and All-Aboard
http://www.trainweb.com/derailments/2000l07b.html


Subject: {A-A} Freight fouls main track, wrecks the Starlight
   Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2000 09:11:18 -0800
   From: Gene Poon 

140am at Black Butte, CA., a crew of the Central Oregon and Pacific fouled the
Union Pacific main line while switching their train.  Amtrak #11, the southbound
Coast Starlight struck a tank car fouling the main track.  

Engine 116 derailed on its side.  Engineer has multiple fractures and bruises.

Engine 114 derailed upright, in line.

Baggage 1137 derailed upright, in line.

Transition Sleeper 39028 derailed upright, in line.

Sleeping Car 32093 derailed upright, in line.

Due to line blockage northbound Amtrak 14 was annulled at Redding and turned to
become Train #11.  Buses were ordered to transfer passengers and to substitute
for Train 14.

-Gene Poon
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Subject: {A-A} The irony of it all...
   Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2000 09:38:38 -0800
   From: Gene Poon 
     To: All-Aboard 

Ironically, both Coast Starlights going through Northern California last
night...the southbound which derailed when it struck a CORP freight train
fouling the main track, and the northbound which was annulled at Redding...were
close to schedule and probably would have been on time at their next reporting
points.

Train 11 departed Klamath Falls 13 minutes late.

Train 14 departed Chico 19 minutes late.

Central Oregon and Pacific (CORP) is the regional railroad currently operating
the former Southern Pacific Siskiyou Line, which was SP's original
California-Oregon main line before the Natron Cutoff was completed to complete
the Cascade Line, which the Starlight and all through UP traffic use.

-Gene Poon
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