Freight cars fly two miles!

Posted by Fred Frailey
on Wednesday, June 4, 2014

It’s just incredible, the power of a Midwest thunderstorm these days. Why, just this week storm winds were reportedly the cause of one BNSF Railway freight train being blown off the tracks at the east end of the Waynoka, Okla., yard and derailing another passing train as well.

But we have a news bulletin that beats all others. Topeka, Kan., television station WIBW reports that strong storm winds picked up 52 empty freight cars from Union Pacific tracks and carried and scattered them over more than two miles!

I bet you don’t believe me. But here is exactly what WIBW put on its web site: “In Brown County, 52 empty Union Pacific rail cars were blown over 2 miles east of Willis.”

Okay, I couldn’t help having fun. A fragrant rose to retired BNSF dispatcher Bill Baird for pointing this out in his daily missive, The Tortoise Tattler. And a sharp thorn to WIBW for poor use of grammar. — Fred W. Frailey

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