Flooding in St. Louis

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B_Kosanda

Outstanding In My Field
We're gettin' our butts kicked over here in St. Louis. We've had many torrential downpours, most with hail, some with tornados.

I caught these two trains at Louisiana, Missouri today. The first set is a CSX (KCS) train coming out of Illinois crossing the swing bridge at Louisiana.

Bill
 

B_Kosanda

Outstanding In My Field
This second set is a BNSF train on the Hannibal sub at the same location. This is not an optical illusion. The only part of the tracks showing is the railhead. In several locations it's just an inch or two above the waterline. The train crosses the diamond and moves at a crawl due to the high water.

Bill
 

stlgevo51

Steam Chaser
I heard Clarksville was supposed to be near flood stage soon. With all of the rain, I heard it is supposed to be even worse. Apparently we are going to have more rain tomorrow and another large thunderstorm on Monday (maybe tornadoes again). I can't wait for the sun to pop back out.

I kind of want to go up to Clarksville and shoot some of the flooding in the next week or so, but I don't think I will be able to.
 

B_Kosanda

Outstanding In My Field
Clarksville has pallets of sandbags lining the streets and large piles of sand at the end of most of the streets ready for sandbagging.
 

B_Kosanda

Outstanding In My Field
Looks like a new diamond will be going in there soon.
Standing there watching trains roll over that diamond, it's a wonder that it can stand up at all to the tremendous pounding it takes every time a train rolls over it. I've seen crews welding it on several occasions.
 

Midsouth fan

Engr/'duc/brkmn/DS
We got one of those new high speed/low speed diamonds put in at our KCS interlocker at Gibsland last year. Of course, we have the low speed side of the diamond... 10 mph is max speed, 5 mph is the optimum long-life speed.
 

B_Kosanda

Outstanding In My Field
We got one of those new high speed/low speed diamonds put in at our KCS interlocker at Gibsland last year. Of course, we have the low speed side of the diamond... 10 mph is max speed, 5 mph is the optimum long-life speed.
I don't think I've ever seen a train go over 5 mph on this diamond. If you take a close look at it, you can see it is very beat up.
 

Midsouth fan

Engr/'duc/brkmn/DS
Our old diamond was just as bad...the KCS would send their welding truck to Gibsland at any hour of the day or night just to add a little more life to it. It finally flatlined and they had to straight-rail it, separating us from our locomotive shop for several months.
 




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