Posted By Webmaster On Tuesday, August 19, 2008 At 8:17:00 PM (PT)
George, you are exactly correct! The east switch at Troublesome is indeed where the "Trouble at Troublesome" occurred. A westbound train was entering the siding. An eastbound train was coming down the main, but the crew of the eastbound missed the yellow block at West Troublesome! When the crew realized what was happening, it was too late...their train broadsided the westbound at the east switch.
Posted By George Houle On Tuesday, August 19, 2008 At 11:31:56 AM (PT)
I believe your picture of the Herzog train is at the exact location where there was a terrable wreck on the Rio Grande RR some forty or so years ago. The Rio Grande management made a training movie called Trouble at Troublesome at that location. My dad was an engineer on the Grande, working out of Salt Lake City at the time. All of the employees had to watch that movie.
Great trip report Kevin, thank you for taking the time.
Posted By George On Sunday, August 17, 2008 At 9:16:39 PM (PT)
This is the first I have heard of a Herzog train. I googled Herzog and found their website. Very informative with some videos of the hopper cars unloading ballast via computer programs.
Keep up the good work Kevin.