Aug. 28th, 2012

danlansdowne: (Train)
I've heard of railcars rolling along tracks within freight yards, but not this. I'm surprised it didn't meet fouled points and derail.

Rogue rail car rolls undetected across bridge from N.Y. to Niagara Falls, Ont.

No one noticed the rogue rail car cross the border from Niagara Falls, N.Y. to Niagara Falls, Ont., in the wee hours of Aug. 12.

Somehow, the rail car left the CSX rail yard on American soil and rolled across the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge before halting in the Niagara Via Rail station, which was closed for the night.

CSX didn’t notice. Neither the U.S. Customs and Border Protection nor the Canada Border Services Agency noticed. The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, owner of the bridge, didn’t notice.

In fact, the rail car went undetected until Via Rail employees reported the migrant boxcar to authorities when they arrived at work.



And Niagara Falls is one of the stations that will be losing its staff. Imagine how long it would have sat at an unmanned station!

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