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Montana Rail Link Train Derails Dumps 3 737 Fuselages In River19 cars of a westbound Montana Rail Link train carrying aircraft parts (737 Fuselages), soybeans and denatured alcohol derailed near Superior yesterday. (newstalkkgvo.com) More...
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New FAA crash survivability test?
Should be able to get the flight recorders out quickly...
Pull the one from the locomotive too!
The Railroads version of a regional Airline.
Better pic (http://i.imgur.com/EJVBCzL.jpg) ... sad part is someone will be flying in one of these next year.
No, damage is too bad. In the picture you posted, the frame nearest the camera has suffered a complete failure. The middle one had shifted enough to damage the bulkhead protector. Flatcar frames are bent. They will be dragged back up the hill.Depending on the space available on the ledge, they may even just pull them on the shore parallel to the river, crib them there and cut into more manageable chunks.
The damage notwithstanding, the general objective of the RR is not in cargo salvage but to get the debris clear and get the line open, much as in getting an airport open after a crash. I have to agree on dragging it back up the hill and/or cutting it up. They will get everything out of the river and off the banks to avoid any environmental problem and then clean up the right of way. They probably are self insured to a point with an insurer over the top end like Lloyds or somebody. More than likely, they reached their part early on, the rest will be the least of their worries.
Any idea of the value of a green 737 fuselage? Probably much less than we think.
No, and there is the possibility that Boeing had a release value or liability cargo cap on them. That is standard practice on a regular movement like that in order to keep the rate down, but you may be right, a green fuselage may not be worth as much as we think.