Recently, the Pickens County Council accepted a new "Comprehensive Plan" ... filled with sustainable development elements that many citizens opposed . One of those "new elements" was to bring more passenger rail through the area - in particular Liberty and Clemson.
Considering the major derailment in Liberty last summer and this story ... I'm not sure that was such a good idea.
What do you think?
May, 2010 ...
This is Canadian National locomotive number #2699.
It's a 212 ton rig with a 183 ltr, 4400 hp V16 4 stroke diesel engine.
Shortly before this picture was taken, while working under load, #2699 experienced what is known in the trade as a "catastrophic un-contained engine failure". The train was passing the town of Independence, LA at the time.
The picture below shows that the engine exploded and one of the 16 cylinder-packs that forms the engine was ejected through the engine bay body side and thrown clear of the locomotive.
The piston from that cylinder was thrown free by the force of the failure. It was ejected so violently that it traveled through the air and crashed through the roof of a nearby home where it imbedded itself in an interior wall.
* This story was released sometime around December 2010 when the investigation was completed.