Horseshoe Curve Derailment Information


Date of Derailment:July 5, 2019July 26, 2019
Car Count (Derailed):116
Car Makeup (Derailed):All derailed cars were empties All derailed cars were empties
Cause:There was an internal investigation and the results will not be made available to the public. There was an internal investigation and the results will not be made available to the public. 
Direction:WestboundWestbound
Helpers:No helpers were assigned to this train. No helpers were assigned to this train.
Reopen Time / Date:
Track 1 remained open.
Track 2 reopened at 10:50 PM EDT on July 6
Track 3 reopened at 7:40 PM EDT on July 6
 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 2 was reopened at 4:00 PM EDT on July 27
Track 3 was reopened at 7:00 AM EDT on July 27
Speed: --- 11 MPH
Time of Derailment: 8:40 PM EDT 4:09 PM EDT
Train Length:9,728 feet 13,504 Feet
Train Loads/Empties: 49 loaded cars and 91 empties left Altoona 15 loaded cars / 207 empties left Altoona
Train Tonnage:Approximately 8,900 tons8,776 Tons
Track of Derailment:Track 3 (the derailment fouled track 2, as well)Track 3 (the derailment fouled track 2, as well)
Train Symbol:34A35A
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. 

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. 




Derailment Clean-Up Information
   - The clean-up process for both derailments occurred quickly in order to reopen all three mainline tracks. On both instances, all three tracks were reopened within 24 hours. 
   - On 9/9/2019, a Herzog work train and crane began to pick up the wheels and trucks from the woods. 
   - On 09/10/2019, a Herzog work train and crane continued derailment clean-up and removed a damaged track section from the derailment site (12:08 PM)