July 26, 2019 Derailment Info (scroll down for July 5 derailment info)

Car Count (Derailed): 6

Car Makeup: All cars that derailed were empties.

Cause: TBD. An internal investigation will take place by Norfolk Southern. (While there are theories, this site will post official information only)

Date of Derailment: July 26, 2019

Direction Train Movement: Westbound

Helpers: No helpers were assigned to this train.

Reopen Date / Time: Track 1 remained open (it was closed for a short while around 10:30 PM on 7/26 when a car got stuck on the tracks at the Brickyard / Porta Road crossing - unrelated to derailment). Track 3 was reopened at 7:00 AM on 7/27. Track 2 was reopened at 4:00 PM on 7/27. 

Speed: 11 MPH

Time of Derailment: 4:09 PM EDT

Train Length: 13,504 Feet

Train Loads / Empties: 15 loaded cars and 207 empties left Altoona on this train.

Train Tonnage: This train was 8,776 tons.

Track of Derailment: Track 3 (the derailment fouled track 2, as well)

Train Symbol: 35A

And the reaction when it happened:


Some of the more amusing comments:



The winner of "mod of the derailment" (funniest mod comment) goes to....



And then some other comments: 





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July 5, 2019 General Derailment Information



Car Count (Derailed): 11

Car Makeup: All cars that derailed were empties.

Cause: There was an internal investigation and the results will not be made available to the public. 

Date of Derailment: July 5, 2019

Direction Train Movement: Westbound

Helpers: No helpers were assigned to this train.

Time of Derailment: 8:40 PM EDT

Train Loads / Empties: 49 loaded cars and 91 empties left Altoona on this train.

Train Tonnage: This train was approximately 8,900 tons.

Track of Derailment: Track 3 (the derailment fouled track 2, as well)

Train Symbol: 34A

Video: Virtual Railfan is a YouTube (and subscription service) that has a camera at Horseshoe Curve. The camera has audio and picked up sounds of the derailment. The camera was rotated shortly after. A link to the video is here, courtesy of Virtual Railfan. https://youtu.be/lhdxlqAT2uE