Digest: First responders use hi-rail dump truck to reach rail worker injured at remote site

News Wire Digest for Sept. 20: Abandoned railcars donated to Operation Toy Train; NS donates gondolas to Virginia Museum of Transportation
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Sunday morning rail news:

First responders use hi-rail dump truck to reach injured rail worker

In an unusual rescue, firefighters and emergency workers used a hi-rail dump truck to reach and free a railroad worker injured by a falling boulder in a remote Tennessee location last week. The Columbia, Tenn., Daily Herald reports that the Thursday accident in remote southern Maury County occurred on the Tennessee Southern Railroad about 2½ miles from the nearest road on the, so first responders used the dump truck to reach the worker, then took him from the accident site in a basket in the same truck to the nearest road crossing. He was eventually airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, where he is reported to be in serious but stable condition. “It is a unique situation,” Maury County Fire Department District 1 Chief Richard Scahtz told the newspaper. “It was a very remote area; radio and cellphone reception were very poor.” The injured worker was among a group repairing a washout caused by recent rains.

Thirteen railcars donated to Operation Toy Train
Thirteen railcars from the defunct New York & Greenwood Lake Railway have been donated to Operation Toy Train, the Toys for Tots organization in northern New York and southern New York, representing the largest single donation to Toys for Tots in the U.S. NorthJersey.com reports that the abandoned cars will be moved 120 miles from Passaic, N.J., to Honesdale, Pa., for use by Operation Toy Train and the Port Jervis (N.Y.) Transportation Museum, slated to open in 2021. Six of the cars, which do not fit the needs of those organizations, will be offered for sale. The car donation ends a long-running problem for Passaic regarding the abandoned equipment. Local developer Fadi Samaan bought the former rail yard and depot in a tax sale, and made the donation as part of effort to clear the property. More information on Operation Toy Train is available here.

NS donates gondolas to Virginia Museum of Transportation to support 611 operations
Norfolk Southern has donated three gondola cars to the Virginia Museum of Transportation to support the museum’s operation of Class J 4-8-4 No. 611. The three cars, NS Nos. 200340 and 200298, and Souther No. 66538, will be restenciled to the museum’s VMTX reporting mark and support future operations of No. 611. More information on the museum is available at its website.

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