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NHRHTA1
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Joined: April 12th, 2003, 5:17 am

October 27th, 2007, 10:30 pm #1

Randy Hamill is working on the NE-5 article with me and Im trying to nail down some details. This one is about C-523 which had its career ended in a derailment.

While Im not sure I think it was this foul up down on the cape somewhere. DERS-2c 545 and DERS-2b 0500 were Mued on this freight, which in and of itself is interesting as not a very common combination from photos seen.


The B&W shots show an NE-5 in that mess and the damage certainly corresponds to what C-523 suffered. One thing is for sure C-523 never wore any scheme other than its delivery scheme.
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Noel Weaver
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October 28th, 2007, 7:57 am #2

In early years MU operation of the 0500's and 500's (RS-2's
and RS-3's) was not at all uncommon. I have seen records of this in both Waterbury and other places as well.
The only restriction when these units were in MU operation
was that the speed was restricted to the RS-2 speed limit
of 65 MPH as that was what they were geared for. I think
the transition was handled a little bit differently too.
Noel Weaver
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NHRHTA1
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November 15th, 2007, 10:54 pm #3

Yes, That is interesting but does anyone know the when and where of this incident pictured????
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seanduine
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November 15th, 2007, 11:16 pm #4

Does anyone know what train the 523 was assigned to?
Or what train or yard the 500 was assigned.
That could narrow the search down somewhat.
The -wreck- looks as if the engine hit the caboose fouling a lead or
track. Not a direct hit from the rear. Bob L.
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NHRHTA1
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November 17th, 2007, 12:06 pm #5

Hey Bob you seem to be correct about the rear end hit here (Never noticed that). The year of this was definitely 1959. Paul B. could you check your records PLEASE?
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Noel Weaver
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November 17th, 2007, 1:34 pm #6

According to "Assignment of Work Equipment and Cabooses"
dated February 1, 1953, caboose no. C-523 was assigned to
"Providence-Mansfield PX-12. Just for information.
Noel Weaver
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nhrr246512
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November 17th, 2007, 5:01 pm #7

Wayne, I've done some digging but I'm not sure any of the below fit the bill.
10:45 PM July 29, 1959 Hartford Cedar Hill freight Extra Engines 550-553 13 loads 3230 tons left Hartford Yard at 10:42 and at 10:45 light engine 0605 without Engineer, Fireman or any crew ran away from Hartford Engine house and collided with the Extra when passing S S 214 Hartford at a point directly opposite the tower. Cars derailed or damaged: MRS 5013, RF 26234, NP 26620, ATSF 213022, PLE 30691, CN 530148, SP 513493, SSW 33636, DLW 49149, NP 25055, RI 115901, NKP 23525.
There was a caboose damaged (number unknown) in a collision at Cedar Hill April 2, 1959.
Other possibles about that time:
Caboose (number unknown) derailed and turned over on NX-31 March 29, 1958 at Buckland.
Caboose (number unknown) of Train BO-1 was struck by Train NX-8 at Highland, N. Y. on February 12, 1962.
At Brewster, N. Y. February 22, 1962 Collision of freight trains A/OB-2 and NX-10.
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George Ford
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November 25th, 2007, 3:35 pm #8

NX-20, C-516 Conductor Joe Durkin, caboose turned over Hartford? 2/7/69. SN-3, C-661 derailed at Newington 5/8/68. As for the wreck at SS-214 7/29/59 with the switcher 0605 and a southbound freight, I was told by operators there, that the accident happened on the 2nd trick and the 3rd trick operator had relieved that person and he had left. When the accident occured before 11:00pm the 3rd trick man denied even being there letting the 2nd trick man hold the bag and he wasn't even there. Some of the operators after that, showed up 1 minute before their time of starting or if they arrived early, would not let you go until your trick was up.
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