From highway 67 south of town
These were taken around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday on my way south out of town. The first break in the track caught my eye. There was traffic and no good place to pull over. I tried to snap pics while driving - probably more dangerous than talking on a cell phone.
From State Road 67, south of Worthington
There's one break, and then another, and then another.
They just keep coming
Driving south, you think there can't be anymore, but they keep coming.
Just the ones I could get today
These are just the pics I got on Thursday. Will try to take K. down and he can get more on Friday.
Lumpy says there are 54
Up at the fire station on Thursday evening, Larry Doug Stahl said he counted the breaks / wash-outs in the track between the south side of Worthington toward the flasher light to wherever the damage ends. There were 54!
No trains coming through town
Guess this means we won't be hearing any train whistles in Worthington for awhile.
Friday pictures - repairs have begun
On Friday, Kermit and I drove down to Pioneer and turned around and headed north back to town on 67. Coming down off the hill, there was a lot of activity around the flasher light junction - repairs have begun. Big trucks, lots of rock and gravel, lots of people.
Heading north, looking east
All the rest of the pictures in this gallery were the ones Kermit took out of the car window while I drove north up 67.
Near the flasher light
Another shot of the rock pile.
Railroad crossing at the flasher light
Just south of the flasher light where there's a staging area for the repair crews.
Rocks into the first breaks
Looks like they're working from the flasher light northward. The first few breaks had new rock.
Fix in progress
Here's another fix. They were moving right along but had a long, long ways to go.
They hadn't gotten very far
Now our pictures of the breaks begin as we head north. We couldn't get them all, there were too many.
Some breaks were big
The next one was pretty big.
Some were small
The next one was smaller. There were all shapes and sizes.
We're almost to the bridge
On the rail bridge next to the highway bridge sat a rail car. It looked a bit curious sitting there all by itself, right in the middle of the bridge. It was stranded - no way to go forward or backward. Some guys sitting on the bench down in front of Vest's said it had been parked there to hold the bridge down and keep it from floating away. Ok. Whatever works.
Indianapolis Power and Light
It was an IPL rail car with some creative artwork. We see lots of these cars go through town loaded with coal. Fixing our track is probably a priority to keep that IPL coal rolling to Indy.
Northward from the bridge
Now we'll head on into Worthington and snap shots of one break right after another. There were rails just hanging in mid-air.
These are all different breaks
We're not posting them all, just a few and these are all pictures of different places.
Water still in the fields
On the other side of the tracks, you can see the water that was still standing in the fields to the east.
Water still in the ditches
Water was still standing in the ditches on both sides of the road too.
Lots of debris
There was also a lot of debris along the shoulders of the highway. It looked like cornstalks - soggy cornstalks. When they were getting ready to reopen the roadway, the state highway department used a big truck with a snow plow to move all of the debris off of the road.
It was unbelievable how many breaks there were.
They just keep coming. And I will also mention, for the historical record book, that there's a peculiar fragrance in the air down on the Prairie. Actually, it just plain stinks.
How many do you want to see?
Getting closer to Worthington now. Our tour of the devastated railroad is almost complete.
Never underestimate the mighty Eel
The whole railroad looked like there had been a war going on. Eel River vs. The Railroad Track. The Eel River won. Never underestimate the power of the Mighty, Mighty Eel.
More rock south of town
Looks like another repair staging area just south town.
Bringing in the trackhoes
On the south edge of town, there was a traffic jam as two big trackhoes were being offloaded from trucks, temporarily parked on the highway, and moved over close to the track. Wonder how long it will be before a train goes through Worthington again?
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