On Thu, 15 Mar 2007 18:55:08 -0700, Steve Caple wrote:
Fairly spectacular fire; must be 1000 feet or more of trestle, leading
north from a bridge over the American River just west of Business I-80.
The north end seems to be pretty well out; the south end near the metal
truss bridge over the river is burning pretty well, with sections of the
ballasted deck collapsing into the flames leaving warped rail above.
http://www.kcra.com/index.html has some video
On Thu, 15 Mar 2007 09:17:05 -0800, David Nebenzahl wrote:
Uncle Pete, or Uncle Pervo and deferred maintenance? No idea yet; it
started about 5:45, early tape showed it fairly localized, just a tall
column of very black smoke shot with orange. Later as the length of the
restle caught, there were sheets of thick velvety black soot-smoke, until
the creosoted layer burned off.
The area north of the river is flood plain that's part of the American
River Parkway, with a bicycle path that goes all the way from Discovery
Park (where the American joins the Sacramento) up to Folsom. The area
there closer to downtown has been known to have a lot of people living
rough, so could be a cookfire (it was 81 today, so not for warmth at a
quarter to six in the aftgernoon), could be arson, could be railroad
operation artifact. Didn't Uncle Pervo lose a trestle to wheel fire with a
coal train on it out in the Wyoming to Nebraska vicinity?
Bus schedules for Amtrak commuters have already been announced. Uncle
Pervo says that freight service will also be impacted for some time.
Should we look for giant mountains of containers piling up in ports?
(Ooops, sorry Uncle Perv, didn't mean to mention piles, I know you're
sensitive about that.)
Yes, yes, okay already, I do know Uncle Pervo has moderated his insane
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In the olden days (GRIN) when the railroads still had lots of track,
before tearing it up, trains were simply rerouted. The timetable was out of
whack for a while but the traffic wasn't delayed for long. In these times,
with all the additional track gone, it just shuts down the railroad.
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