UP Derailment Near the Steel Bridge in Portland

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#1
Union Pacific derailed six cars of a Hinkle to Lake Yard manifest as it rounded the tight reverse curve approaching the Steel Bridge. The accident occurred on March 18, 2018. I drove up from Salem to photograph the scene. The first few pictures are of the power pulling toward Union Station. They were taken from the Steel Bridge.

Lead unit of the derailed train as it heads toward Union Station after dropping the derailed cars. The power was on the Steel Bridge when the cars derailed.
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Second unit.
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Third unit.
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Fourth unit.
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#3
The sixth unit was a standard cab SD60.
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The six derailed cars were all empty. The autoracks and grain cars in front of and behind the derailed cars appeared to be loaded. The next three photos were taken from the west end of the Steel Bridge.

A couple RailBox boxcars.
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A couple boxcars and a centerbeam.
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Railroad officials inspecting the damage.
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#4
The next three photos were taken from the east end of the Steel Bridge.

UP left two loaded covered hoppers coupled to the derailed cars to keep the centerbeam from going all the way over.
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Tighter shots of the derailed cars. Notice they derailed to the outside of the curve. Thus it was not a string-line.
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Photographed about 40 yards from the east end of the Steel Bridge.
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#5
The trailing end of the first centerbeam.
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The lead end of a tank car showing the build date of May 2012.
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The trailing end of the tank car.
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The lead end of the next centerbeam.
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#6
The loaded hoppers and the leading end of the first centerbeam.
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Trailing end of the second centerbeam.
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Leading end of the third centerbeam. Due to the damage to the trucks on this car I believe it had a truck failure and started the derailment. The tracks did not appear to have any damage.
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Trailing end of the third centerbeam and the leading end of the first boxcar.
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#7
Trailing end of the first centerbeam.
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Trailing end of the third centerbeam.
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The two box cars.
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Leading end of the third centerbeam showing the damage to the truck.
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#8
Trailing end of the second centerbeam.
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Two loaded hoppers helping hold the first centerbeam from completely rolling. Also not the two officials talking about the problem.
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Leading end of the tank car.
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Showing the twist in the first centerbeam.
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#9
Trailing end of the tank car. It had been rebuilt in February 2018.
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Leading end of the tank car.
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It was getting too dark for photography and the city was clearing out the best observation area so I headed home.
 
#11
Is this line that goes up Sullivan's Ravine parallel to I-84 and the MAX line?
No. The connection to the Steel Bridge from that line was removed years ago. In my opinion it should be replaced it would eliminate the tight S curve that is currently in use.

The location is just north of the Steel Bridge. The train was going from Albina Yard, north of the bridge, to Lake Yard on the west side of the Willamette River.
 


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