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Zach Pumphery's Collection
 
10/20/2017
 
 
 
 
 
Owner: Webb Asset Management
Model:EMD SW1500Built As:SP 2615 (SW1500)
Serial Number:4608-25Order No:4608
Frame Number:4608-25Built:4/1972
Notes:KCTL, Ex-SP
Other locos with this serial:  HLCX 1507(SW1500) WAMX 1507(SW1500) SP 2615(SW1500)
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Eastbound KCT Transfer Freight
Title:  Eastbound KCT Transfer Freight
Description:  The Kansas City Terminal runs a train through on their own tracks through Kansas City Union Station. Talk about a nice sound.
Photo Date:  9/26/2007  Upload Date: 9/26/2007 11:21:11 PM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Zach Pumphery
Categories: 
Locomotives:  MWLX 2017(GP7u) WAMX 1507(SW1500)
Views:  378   Comments: 4
Eastbound KCT Yard Job Train
Title:  Eastbound KCT Yard Job Train
Description:  A single Ex-SP SW1500 runs over to Holmes Drywall to pull and spot.
Photo Date:  3/7/2011  Upload Date: 3/13/2011 5:41:39 AM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Zach Pumphery
Categories: 
Locomotives:  WAMX 1507(SW1500)
Views:  134   Comments: 0
KCT/CP Head on Collision
Title:  KCT/CP Head on Collision
Description:  This afternoon a relatively minor head on collision took place on the KCT Low Line between UP Armourdale Yard and Adams Street Interlocking just north of Kansas Avenue in Kansas City, KS.

A DME/CP transfer from Joint Agency Yard to UP Armourdale yarded its consist of autoracks at the UP. The power consist was a pair of SD40-2s, NREX 7349 and NREX 5581, both facing west (elephant style). The rear engine, the 5581, was cut away and ran long hood forward east to Adams Street, where it was turned, and then began to head back west to the other unit, again running long hood forward to UP Armourdale Yard where it was to be coupled back into the 7349, and return Joint Agency Yard back to back engine light.

This is where something went awry. About this time a KCT transfer with WAMX 1507, a SW1500, and 15-20 cars began to pull out of UP Armourdale east on the way to KCT Mill Street Yard. This move was on the southern of the 2 running tracks out of the yard. This was also the track that the light engine was on. This track is OMT other than main track GCOR 6.28 territory with a 10 MPH speed limit. About 30 feet north of Kansas Avenue these two movements collided head on in a sharp, blind curve, derailing the rear truck of the NREX SD40-2, and what appeared to be both trucks of the KCT SW1500, and possibly the first car of the transfer. The impact did damage to the pilots of both engines, and bent both drawbars downward. The weather conditions were sunny, clear, temperatures right around 60 degrees, and occurred around 15:30 on 2-26-12.

Kansas City, Kansas Police were called to the scene. By 17:00 R.J. Corman Derailment Services were on the scene unloading the sidebooms. A UP remote yard job was brought over to rear of the transfer and uncoupled all but the head 2 cars, and dragged them back into Armourdale Yard around 5:30.

I hate to speculate on a matter such as this, but there are several things that could have went wrong here, whether it be a crew running a signal onto the running track (or signal problem), a crew not asking permission to make their move, or there was a miscommunication such as a crew not taking the proper assigned routing. Regardless, this is still 6.28 territory which requires you to travel at a speed able to stop within half the range of vision, which is fairly limited in that particular curve, and in a perfect world would have prevented this.

At least one crew member from the CP light engine move was taken to the hospital with either broken and/or bruised ribs. The CP conductor was said to have less than a year of service, and the engineer is said to have been promoted 2 months ago.

This is an unfortunate event, and the railroads involved are obviously doing their investigations (Watco/KCT/Kaw River Railroad, DME/CP, and UP mangers were on the scene as well, since it partially occurred on their track, right at the maintenance limit sign with the KCT).

I posted this as a reminder to be safe, and to check, and recheck your instructions before you make a move. Having spent a fair share of my days in the cab of a locomotive I know first hand how easily this could happen if you have even a momentary lapse in attention or judgement at the wrong time. Be careful out there guys.

Photo Date:  2/26/2012  Upload Date: 2/28/2012 9:00:36 PM
Location:  Kansas City, KS
Author:  Zach Pumphery
Categories: 
Locomotives:  NREX 5581(SD40-2) WAMX 1507(SW1500)
Views:  334   Comments: 2
KCT/CP Head on Collision
Title:  KCT/CP Head on Collision
Description:  This afternoon a relatively minor head on collision took place on the KCT Low Line between UP Armourdale Yard and Adams Street Interlocking just north of Kansas Avenue in Kansas City, KS.

A DME/CP transfer from Joint Agency Yard to UP Armourdale yarded its consist of autoracks at the UP. The power consist was a pair of SD40-2s, NREX 7349 and NREX 5581, both facing west (elephant style). The rear engine, the 5581, was cut away and ran long hood forward east to Adams Street, where it was turned, and then began to head back west to the other unit, again running long hood forward to UP Armourdale Yard where it was to be coupled back into the 7349, and return Joint Agency Yard back to back engine light.

This is where something went awry. About this time a KCT transfer with WAMX 1507, a SW1500, and 15-20 cars began to pull out of UP Armourdale east on the way to KCT Mill Street Yard. This move was on the southern of the 2 running tracks out of the yard. This was also the track that the light engine was on. This track is OMT other than main track GCOR 6.28 territory with a 10 MPH speed limit. About 30 feet north of Kansas Avenue these two movements collided head on in a sharp, blind curve, derailing the rear truck of the NREX SD40-2, and what appeared to be both trucks of the KCT SW1500, and possibly the first car of the transfer. The impact did damage to the pilots of both engines, and bent both drawbars downward. The weather conditions were sunny, clear, temperatures right around 60 degrees, and occurred around 15:30 on 2-26-12.

Kansas City, Kansas Police were called to the scene. By 17:00 R.J. Corman Derailment Services were on the scene unloading the sidebooms. A UP remote yard job was brought over to rear of the transfer and uncoupled all but the head 2 cars, and dragged them back into Armourdale Yard around 5:30.

I hate to speculate on a matter such as this, but there are several things that could have went wrong here, whether it be a crew running a signal onto the running track (or signal problem), a crew not asking permission to make their move, or there was a miscommunication such as a crew not taking the proper assigned routing. Regardless, this is still 6.28 territory which requires you to travel at a speed able to stop within half the range of vision, which is fairly limited in that particular curve, and in a perfect world would have prevented this.

At least one crew member from the CP light engine move was taken to the hospital with either broken and/or bruised ribs. The CP conductor was said to have less than a year of service, and the engineer is said to have been promoted 2 months ago.

This is an unfortunate event, and the railroads involved are obviously doing their investigations (Watco/KCT/Kaw River Railroad, DME/CP, and UP mangers were on the scene as well, since it partially occurred on their track, right at the maintenance limit sign with the KCT).

I posted this as a reminder to be safe, and to check, and recheck your instructions before you make a move. Having spent a fair share of my days in the cab of a locomotive I know first hand how easily this could happen if you have even a momentary lapse in attention or judgement at the wrong time. Be careful out there guys.

Photo Date:  2/26/2012  Upload Date: 2/28/2012 8:59:31 PM
Location:  Kansas City, KS
Author:  Zach Pumphery
Categories: 
Locomotives:  NREX 5581(SD40-2) WAMX 1507(SW1500)
Views:  295   Comments: 2
KCT Locomotives
Title:  KCT Locomotives
Description:  KCT Train 217 has just tied up for the night in the house in front of the tower at KCT Mill Street Yard. 105 job, which used the SW1200 went home several hours ago.
Photo Date:  11/19/2012  Upload Date: 11/26/2012 11:07:46 PM
Location:  Kansas City, KS
Author:  Zach Pumphery
Categories: 
Locomotives:  WAMX 1507(SW1500) WAMX 1213(SW1200)
Views:  150   Comments: 0
KCT Yard Job Train
Title:  KCT Yard Job Train
Description:  Time for more paperwork and a quick lunch and it's back to work for KCT Train 217. This crew will tie up with about 10 hours in today, catching back up after the Christmas holiday.
Photo Date:  12/27/2012  Upload Date: 12/31/2012 1:35:11 AM
Location:  Kansas City, KS
Author:  Zach Pumphery
Categories: 
Locomotives:  WAMX 1507(SW1500)
Views:  119   Comments: 0
KCT Locomotives
Title:  KCT Locomotives
Description:  All but 1 of the KCT lettered diesels on the WATCO Roster are resting at KCT Mill Street Yard, and will do so until the 2nd day of 2013.
Photo Date:  12/31/2012  Upload Date: 1/3/2013 1:07:17 AM
Location:  Kansas City, KS
Author:  Zach Pumphery
Categories: 
Locomotives:  WAMX 3852(GP35R) WAMX 3855(GP35R) WAMX 1507(SW1500) WAMX 1205(SW1200) WAMX 1213(SW1200)
Views:  260   Comments: 2
Well Deserved Night Off
Title:  Well Deserved Night Off
Description:  The "double power", used on KCT Jobs 310 and 311 usually have the day off on Saturday, and the 1507 will have the night and part of tomorrow off. 1507 is the regular unit for the 217, and is used on the 105 Saturday and Sunday, and sometimes in the morning during the week. As you can probably tell, all 3 of these are veteran Southern Pacific units.
Photo Date:  1/19/2013  Upload Date: 1/22/2013 1:46:49 AM
Location:  Kansas City, KS
Author:  Zach Pumphery
Categories: 
Locomotives:  WAMX 3855(GP35R) WAMX 3852(GP35R) WAMX 1507(SW1500)
Views:  200   Comments: 0
KCTL
Title:  KCTL
Description:  Flying diamonds all around.
Photo Date:  1/19/2013  Upload Date: 1/22/2013 1:46:52 AM
Location:  Kansas City, KS
Author:  Zach Pumphery
Categories: 
Locomotives:  WAMX 1507(SW1500) WAMX 3855(GP35R)
Views:  114   Comments: 0
KCT Mill Street Yard
Title:  KCT Mill Street Yard
Description:  Tools of the trade hang out in front of the tower as the power slumbers away a mild January Saturday night.
Photo Date:  1/19/2013  Upload Date: 1/22/2013 1:46:57 AM
Location:  Kansas City, KS
Author:  Zach Pumphery
Categories: 
Locomotives:  WAMX 3855(GP35R) WAMX 3852(GP35R) WAMX 1507(SW1500)
Views:  132   Comments: 1
KCT Locomotives
Title:  KCT Locomotives
Description:  After a day of hard work, the power off KCT Train 311 and 105 are tied down at the tower at KCT Mill Street Yard. By hard I mean the 311 did 7 hours, and over 4 of them were sitting still. Heavy stuff, folks. That's what separates the boys from the men.
Photo Date:  2/23/2013  Upload Date: 2/25/2013 1:48:39 AM
Location:  Kansas City, KS
Author:  Zach Pumphery
Categories: 
Locomotives:  WAMX 3852(GP35R) WAMX 3855(GP35R) WAMX 1507(SW1500)
Views:  177   Comments: 2
KCT Locomotives
Title:  KCT Locomotives
Description:  The day is done for the KCT, and the power rests for the afternoon at Mill Street Yard.
Photo Date:  3/31/2013  Upload Date: 4/11/2013 3:46:29 PM
Location:  Kansas City, KS
Author:  Zach Pumphery
Categories: 
Locomotives:  WAMX 3852(GP35R) WAMX 1507(SW1500)
Views:  81   Comments: 0


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