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Amtrak Special - Engine 319 With Damage
Photo posted to Facebook CCET Group by Preston Whitt, February 12, 2018. Description from post…

On the evening of September 29, 1989 Amtrak's "The Crescent" (with 2 locomotives and 15 cars) collided with a fire truck responding to a fire at a rural crossing near Catlett, Virginia- about 50 miles from Washington DC. Tragically, two volunteer firefighters on that firetruck were killed, while three others suffered serious injuries. Of the 339 people on board the train (including train crew), 57 were injured. Following the usual investigations, the Amtrak equipment was sent to its shops in Beech Grove, Indiana for repairs a couple of weeks later. Arriving in Portsmouth from Kenova for an overnight stay, the "Amtrak Special" (as NS called it on the scanner) left Portsmouth for Cincinnati on the Peavine, where it transferred to Conrail trackage for the remainder of the trip to Beech Grove. As best as I can determine, this was the one and only time an Amtrak train traveled over the Peavine.

Amtrak #319 was the lead locomotive on a tragic train vs. firetruck accident in Virginia in September 1989.
 
Location: Portsmouth, OH Date: 10/1/1989
Source: Jim Detty Personal Collection
Photo ID: 1517
Photo Link: Click Here To See Original
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