"Train U-FTMNWB1-19. Happened late afternoon 4-23-2021.
Retaining pin on cradle broke, allowing blade to swing out and catch a utility pole.
Derailed the car and put the blade completely off the car onto the ground.
Car was fouling clearance on Main 2. Was moved enough to open Main 2 last
night." (Report and above photo by "tferk." Date: 04/24/31 08:33)
Photograph taken Friday, April 23, 2021, of a crane in Newberry Springs
assembling smaller cranes to remove train transported turbine blades
The wind turbine blades will once again be offloaded onto
trucks at the prior offloading site just west of Mountain View Road in
Newberry Springs. The on-going turbine blade transport project is
expected to last one to two years.
To decipher the train number (U-FTMNWB1-19), the "U" means
that the train is a Unit Train, all cars on the train are similar. FTM
means that the train originated in Fort Madison, Iowa. Of interest is
the following NWB which apparently stands for Newberry Springs, the first time
that Newberry has received such a railroad designation. The following 1
signifies that the train is the first section (of presumably others). The
"-19" is the origination date.
Update: Saturday - April 24, 2021 6:00 P.M. posting.
Photographs taken earlier in the day.
Update: Yet another incident.
Saturday - April 24, 2021 8:43 P.M.
This time... California
More high winds misfortune for the Newberry blade train.
As the train was continuing on after leaving Arizona, a track warning
sensor was triggered.
"The first blade shifted off the flat car and was fouling both mains.
It was west of Needles, right before the track goes under I-40 near Java."
Update: Thursday - April 29, 2021
Blade train still hasn't reached Newberry.
"...you can't make this stuffup. Last Friday BNSF lost
power to 3 meters powering signals in the Topock' area. MEC (Mohave Electric
Cooperative), our local co-op, responded to find that an errant wind turbine blade
being sent to a project in Newberry had come off the carrying flat and wiped out a
power pole. Another of the dangers of wind power! Crew got the pole
replaced, the blade resecured only to have another blade fall off just short of
Newberry." (by "callum-out" 4/29/21)
Note: On the second incident, the blade became loose and misaligned
on the rail car, threatening operations on the adjacent track.
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