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I was running a Lehigh Valley coal drag the other day when the C-628 Snowbird took off at full speed. I hit the red E-STOP button. The loco stopped instantly and remained on the tracks. The coal drag took a split second longer to stop resulting in numerous derailments. Although a number of cars ended up on the ground, none of them tipped over and no coal was lost. There was a group of kids playing by the tracks. They escaped a horrible death by a few feet, but I suspect they will keep playing in the area like nothing happened. The LV wrecker crane just happened to be parked on a siding adjacent to the worst of the derailment. But cars were re-railed by the HOG, not the wrecker. The C-628 was sent to the backshop for work on its speed control tach strip.

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I bet those kids heard a bunch of noise!! :eek:

 

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I had a really Nice MTH PRR passenger coach not stop and take a 48 inch plunge to the floor into pieces! I did get it all back together with two new light bulbs it all worked out! I was at the train show in Allentown Pa last Sunday and a brand new engine was knocked on the floor! It went to pieces as 300 people in total unison said” oh no that hurts!!!” It didn’t fair well I was to far away to see what it was.
 
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