Coal Track Derail :: Video

Since I’m in the video-production frame of mind, I also shot and edited a short video of the working derail that I built to protect the mainline in Port Rowan from runaway cars on the elevated coal delivery siding.

The yellow post near the top centre of the screen indicates the location of the derail on the track.


(You can also click here to watch the video on YouTube, where you may be able to enjoy it in a larger format)

Before switching the coal track, crews must clear the derail by moving the block (the yellow-painted casting) off the railhead. After switching, they must remember to reset the derail block and lock it up.

With the derail in place, if a car at the top of the incline gets loose it won’t roll onto the main track where The Daily Effort or a freight extra could hit it.

14 thoughts on “Coal Track Derail :: Video

  1. Am a new viewer and am immensely enjoying your articles and photos. I am in the throes of trying to get my Sn3 model of a look alike of the SPNG here in California and you’re helping me overcome my inertia. Well written; keep up the good work.

  2. Birding by ear, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Black-capped Chickadee, Blue Jay, House Sparrow, all very nice. The derail looks great. The little details like this and the sounds really make your railroad come alive.

  3. Trevor,
    Very nice – The bird songs are a lovely addition.
    Thanks very much for sharing this….
    John Green Vancouver BC

  4. Just waiting to hear the sound of a runway car derailing into the ditch. That might momentarily silence the birds…;)

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