It was a normal day in Sharon Springs, Kansas when
a Union Pacific crew boarded a loaded coal train for
the long trek back to Salina.
Just a few kilometers into the trip, a wheel bearing
became overheated and melted off letting the truck
support drop down and grind on top of the rail
creating white hot molten metal droppings that
spewed down onto the rails.
The GOOD NEWS to this is that a very alert crew
noticed a small amount of smoke halfway back in the
train and immediately stopped the train in
compliance with the rules.
The BAD NEWS to this is that the train just
happened to stop with its hot weeels on top of a
wooden trestle bridge built with creosoted ties,
bents and trusses.
And the photos below show the results: