Derailment in Nova Scotia damages Southern Railway heritage unit



No one was injured when locomotives overturned after hitting a landslide in Pittsburgh


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Green, golden and white locomotive on its side in the dark, headlight always on
Norfolk Southern’s Southern Railway Heritage Unit was at the head of a train that derailed on Sunday morning after hitting a rock slide. (Pittsburgh Fire Department)

Damaged cars and containers
Sunday’s derailment involved an intermodal train en route from Chicago to New Jersey. (Pittsburgh Fire Department)

PITTSBURGH – Norfolk Southern’s Southern Railway heritage unit, ES44AC # 8099, was among two damaged locomotives when a train struck a landslide and derailed early Sunday in Pittsburgh’s Baldwin neighborhood.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the derailment occurred around 4 a.m. along the Monongahela River parallel to State Route 837, with the two locomotives overturning and the derailment of five cars of the intermodal train. The Southern Heritage Unit led the way. No injuries were reported and no hazardous materials were involved.

Nova Scotia spokesman Connor Spielmaker told the newspaper the 100-car tran was en route from Chicago to New Jersey. The condition of the locomotive has not yet been determined.

The landslide occurred after the area was affected by rain and high winds, with up to half an inch of rain reported in some areas.

Overturned locomotive illuminated by a small light on the ground
No injuries were reported in the derailment early Sunday morning in Pittsburgh. (Pittsburgh Fire Department)



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