When Snow Dozer BNSF 972811 was damaged fighting snow on the hill, BNSF 2189 and 2974 were dispatched to bring it into the shops for repair. However, one of the blades dropped and derailed the snow plow at the west siding switch of East Auburn. The second unit (BNSF 2974) also hit the ground and brought the rescue mission to a halt.

A fuel spill was cleaned up and crews repaired the switch as another westbound was tied down east of Auburn-Black Diamond Road. By lunchtime, the trio was ready to depart, but the westbound freight had to wait for the switch to be repaired.

East Auburn, WA
Feb. 1, 2008


Snow Dozer BNSF 972811 still wears a cap of snow, though much of it was knocked to the roadbed during the derailment.

East Auburn, WA
Feb. 1, 2008


This view of the derailment site the following day reveals the huge effort it took to put the 2974 back on the rails. An 800-foot "road" was bulldozed along the south side of the tracks and then filled with rock to allow the heavy crane to move in next to the locomotive.

East Auburn, WA
Feb. 2, 2008


Small spills remain where the locomotive sat.

East Auburn, WA
Feb. 2, 2008


  

Traces of the accident linger. The spilled snow from the roof of the snow dozer will melt and disappear; however the grooves carved by the loco's flanged wheels will be around until the ties are replaced.

East Auburn, WA
Feb. 2, 2008


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