GP 35 #723 post wreck

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  1. Thanks Bill, glad you enjoyed it.
  2. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Steve is a celebrity with his work in the new Model Railroad Hobbyist. Good Job, Steve.
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  3. Keith thanks for posting and checking it out!! I will let you know if the "celebrity" status has any perks but I have my doubts!! HAHHAHA Thanks again.
  4. tmfrisco

    tmfrisco Member Supporter

    The sad thing about the Olustee wreck was that all four, I think it was four, were killed. All of the crew were riding in the lead unit at the time. Some kids had released handbrakes on some loaded grain hoppers which rolled out, knocked the derail off, ran through the mainline switch, and sat on the main for several hours. Since it was dark territory, there was no warning to the crew. No one reported these cars to the railroad which if done would have prevented this tragedy. Two of those killed were part time workers which the Frisco would hire in the summer back then. I was in the army in Lawton and remember the wreck. I hired out in June of 1971 and talked to diesel shop workers who saw the lead unit (912, I think), and they told me the toilet was still sitting in place even though the nose had been sheared off. The engineer's glove was still on the brake valve. Terry
  5. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    I was just a little kid when My Grandpa took me to see the wreck, I remember it was hoppers, I can still see how they left flange marks on top of a few of the locos too.
    What date was that wreck Terry? Do you know if there are any records of it from the FRA or ICC? Such a nasty thing, and it made an indelible impression on a young guy.

  6. The GP 35 got a little air time on Ken Patterson's " what's neat" too.
  7. tmfrisco

    tmfrisco Member Supporter

    Tom, I don't. I was in Lawton from Aug. '68 through May '71, and I tend to believe it was probably toward the end of my time there. The SD45 that I think was the 912 had been rebuilt and was in service when I saw it sometime after I hired out in June of 1971.

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