The blade train that was the subject of our April 24th news
blog finally rolled into Newberry Springs.
The train had a blade and railcar derailment on Friday, April 23rd
west of Flagstaff. The derailment blocked both east and westbound BNSF rail
traffic between Los Angeles and Chicago. Many dozens of trains and millions
of dollars in freight were impacted.
With corrections made, the blade train continued on its journey only
to have another blade shift the next day partially off of its railcar
cradle and protrude over the adjacent oncoming rail track. Fortunately, before
a tragic rail accident could happen, the blade train passed a sensor just west of
Needles that alerted the railroad.
The second stoppage of the rail line in two days by the same train
was apparently too much for BNSF which then had the train moved to a siding.
A public relations representative for BNSF thereafter refused
to comment on the extended delay. One can only speculate why the train
sat idle for over two weeks.
Two cranes and workers also sat waiting to unload the blades in
Newberry Springs. Many trucks to transport the blades to their final destination
were obviously also hired and had to be placed on standby. At the destination,
more cranes and personnel to erect the massive towers, wind blades and turbines would
have also been placed on standby.
I would speculate that many attorneys were busy representing
businesses and insurance companies assessing blame and pointing fingers as to
who is liable for the damages.
The first blade that fell off the railcar and causing the
derailment is estimated to cost somewhere between $200,000 and $300,000.
It is reported that blades are balanced at the factory in sets of three, so
if one is damaged, it impacts two others.
So, who is liable? The manufacture of the blades?
Perhaps the shipper or whoever loaded the blades onto the rail car? Does
liability fall upon whoever designed or who manufactured the cradles to which
the blades were supposedly secured to? Was BNSF culpable for operating
the train during a period of high winds? Ohhh! The legal finger-pointing!
Was BNSF doing a power play by detaining the blades' delivery
until the matter was settled? The public will probably never know.
The blade railcars were divided and placed on parallel siding tracks Sunday
evening in Newberry Springs west of Mountain View Road.
(Click for enlargement.)
Monday, May 10, 2021, crane crew was busy in Newberry.
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