Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Wind Damage at Beverly

Trains run again after Columbia bridge pileup.

From "The Wenatchee World."

December 23, 1974

Trains were rolling over Milwaukee Road tracks again following three weekend mishaps, the largest involving 15 cars and more than $500,000 in damage.

Security guards were posted over the weekend to prevent looting after winds gusting up to 55 miles per hour through the Columbia River canyon resulted in the derailment of 15 container cars. Railroad officials said 11 of the cars plunged from a trestle about 35 feet down to the water early Saturday.

The train had been carrying imported Japanese goods such as stereos, clothing and shoes from Tacoma to Chicago.

A check of serial numbers Sunday revealed that one container had been blown off its car from a westbound train Friday night, a Milwaukee Road official said.

Soon after the tracks were reopened Sunday morning, a one-car derailment occurred a few miles west, near Ryegrass Summit. Railroad officials said the mishap resulted from a bent coupling bar and involved relatively little damage.

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