Current news about anything
involving the Pope's Creek or Herbert Secondaries.
dispatcher for the Pope's Creek, Herbert, and Landover lines has changed
its designation from the Trenton Line to 'NI'.
Crossing to be Moved
Transportation has approved moving the Kent Avenue rail crossing in La
Plata, eliminating what was considered a major obstacle to the implementation
of the town revitalization plan, the mayor said earlier this week.
CSX has said that the moving of the rail crossing on Kent Avenue is feasible,
and the town can move forward with its plans, Mayor William Eckman said
Tuesday at the town council meeting. The town will have to pay for
the engineering of the new crossing, and that engineering will begin as
soon as engineers determine the exact placement of the new Talbot Street,
CSXT SD60 #8650 sits
at the Brandywine Firehouse on B707. The train is awaiting a Form
D to proceed north to CP-Bowie from the Trenton Line Dispatcher.
Train Pictures Available
pictures of the Railroad Emergencies Seminar held in La Plata, MD are now
available on the guide. Please click here
to go to the appropriate page.
have bad news for everyone. CSX B707 struck a car at the Route 381
crossing in Brandywine on the Pope's Creek at approximately 18:55.
There were no injuries to the crew, and there was no apparent injury to
the two people in the car who got hit, but one was really shaken up.
What happened was that the train was backing up and the conductor was on
the ground flagging traffic with a flare. When he told the traffic
to stop, one car ran across, the next car stopped on the tracks and the
conductor told them to back up immediately, but before they could, then
the train struck the car and it was spun around 90 degrees. The conductor
yelled to stop the train to the engineer. The train made stop, then
they yelled emergency several times and reported to the Trenton Line Dispatcher
that they struck a car in Brandywine at the 381 crossing.
The remnants of the Ford Explorer
after the collision with B707 in Brandywine. Photo by John Valenta
police and fire department had to close 381 in both directions. The
PTI Van was there as well. The car that was hit (a Ford Explorer
SUV) was about totaled. The B707 had engines CR/CSXT 811, 800, and
CSX 7361 with 90 full coal cars out of Chalk Point. The engineer
was Lloyd Builtz and conductor was WD Formen. They were backing up
onto the WINE siding before this all happened. They are still there
now. It looks like it will be a while.
notified Patrick by cell phone and gave him the info. I also talked
to the trainmaster on the cell phone to let him know everything that happened.
This is in case they need a witness in court.
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