Sunday, July 6, 2014

Trains, Planes and Rafts

West of here some miles there was a leetle accident a day or so ago. You know how manufacturers of big things often source out the parts? Well, Boeing has jumped on that train, so to speak. They have different parts built elsewhere and ship them to Seattle for assembly. This includes the body of the plane.

Imagine you're a rafter on the Clark Fork (of the Columbia), doing the canyons west of Missoula, come around a bend and see this:






Remember that scene from 'Apocalypse Now' when the riverboat goes by the tail of a B-52 sticking out of the jungle?

Good thing they weren't fueled up.

16 comments:

  1. Good lawd, that is awful. This along with all the fuel spilling all over the land in train crashes should have us seriously looking at safe transportation.

    yeah, I'm dreaming.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. With other derailments fuel spills have been an issue here. The Yellowstone got hit with several thousand gallons last year.

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  2. I saw the report of the derailment on the news. They missed the details!

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    1. It's Montana....not of much interest to those not here it seems.

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  3. Um...planes fell off a train?

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    1. Yep, a derailment. Seems to happen frequently here with BNSF, though this is the first with planes.

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  4. Surrealism was not meant as a blueprint for reality, but mishaps sometimes make it so. Granted, this is an extreme example but I shall cross streets more carefully now.

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    1. I guess it's the 'anything can happen' thing.

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  5. What a mess. Wonder how long to clean it up.

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    1. They think they might have them hauled out tomorrow, it's not near a highway, so equipment has to be brought in with a train.

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    2. Another train?!

      You know, this could turn out to be a Fellini movie if...naw, that won't happen.

      :-)

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  6. That is a real nasty accident.

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  7. BNSF gets the booby prize for 2013 blaming the winter but their misjudging N.D.'s oil boom added to the mess of accidents to say the least. Of course their and their "friends" in Congress long term plan to kill Amtrak continues on course.... The average passenger train pulling into St. Paul from the West is 3 to 4 hours behind schedule...;(

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  8. I saw this on the news. That is one of the oddest sights I've seen in quite a while.

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