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Hated starting off saying "This is the Pits" but just couldn't help it. There is a really good story behind this unfortunate incident, but since the person responsible is still working for a railroad, and is in Ontario; I would much rather leave it for him to write and comment on it, rather than attempt to go into detail and mess it up. What I did hear, when one day I met a guy who asked me if I was the one who posted a previous photo on RP regarding this incident, was that back then the one involved had just arrived in Alberta (from Ontario) with a friend, looking for work. He was hired on here at The Hat doing odd jobs in the yard. No sooner than he had gotten the feel of the place, an impatient hogger told him to "move the unit". He said he did not know how, but was talked into trying. And this was the result. It can't be seen in this photo, but the fuel tank was ruptured and it was really pouring out when I went over to have a look at things. Those were the days when a stranger with a camera could wander at will. Hard to believe. I'd love to hear from the unfortunate "potential engineer" if he is still checking photos on this site.  You were what, 19 years old back then? All is forgiven. :o)
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Caption: Hated starting off saying "This is the Pits" but just couldn't help it. There is a really good story behind this unfortunate incident, but since the person responsible is still working for a railroad, and is in Ontario; I would much rather leave it for him to write and comment on it, rather than attempt to go into detail and mess it up. What I did hear, when one day I met a guy who asked me if I was the one who posted a previous photo on RP regarding this incident, was that back then the one involved had just arrived in Alberta (from Ontario) with a friend, looking for work. He was hired on here at The Hat doing odd jobs in the yard. No sooner than he had gotten the feel of the place, an impatient hogger told him to "move the unit". He said he did not know how, but was talked into trying. And this was the result. It can't be seen in this photo, but the fuel tank was ruptured and it was really pouring out when I went over to have a look at things. Those were the days when a stranger with a camera could wander at will. Hard to believe. I'd love to hear from the unfortunate "potential engineer" if he is still checking photos on this site. You were what, 19 years old back then? All is forgiven. :o)

Photographer:
A.W.Mooney [1481] (more) (contact)
Date: 09/xx/1974 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: CP 8531 (search)
Train Symbol: n/a (search)
Subdivision/SNS: the 'Hat Yard (search)
City/Town: Medicine Hat (search)
Province: Alberta (search)
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One Comment
  1. It looks like the Pac Man engine saw a ghost and ran away so fast it needed a pitstop. Anyways, back to what’s important. Another great shot here Mr. Mooney. Thanks for posting it.

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