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On the morning of June 10/75 N&W train DN90 suffered a broken traction motor gearcase cover while moving at track speed through Simcoe on the CN Cayuga Sub. The resulting derailment caused lead F7 3659 to plummet off the Highway 24 bridge and burst into flames, killing the crew. Trailing unit 3725 derailed but remained upright. Two days later, on my lunchhour break from TH&B Brantford office duty, I drove to the aftermath and shot 3659, after it had been retrieved from the overpass and set aside in preparation for movement.
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Caption: On the morning of June 10/75 N&W train DN90 suffered a broken traction motor gearcase cover while moving at track speed through Simcoe on the CN Cayuga Sub. The resulting derailment caused lead F7 3659 to plummet off the Highway 24 bridge and burst into flames, killing the crew. Trailing unit 3725 derailed but remained upright. Two days later, on my lunchhour break from TH&B Brantford office duty, I drove to the aftermath and shot 3659, after it had been retrieved from the overpass and set aside in preparation for movement.

Photographer:
Bruce Mercer [97] (more) (contact)
Date: 06/12/1975 (search)
Railway: Norfolk and Western (search)
Reporting Marks: N&W 3659 (search)
Train Symbol: DN-90 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: CN Cayuga Sub (search)
City/Town: Simcoe (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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11 Comments
  1. 10-4 Bruce. No criticism intended. Just wanted to have the correct info out their for everyone. Sure would like to see more of your photos on the site. As for my photos at the wreck site, they are more from a working perspective than a well thought out content view. I will see if there is anything acceptable for posting.

  2. Paul, that is my error, it was indeed 3726 trailing. And it was lying on it’s side. I’ll make the attempt to be a little more accurate in the future.

  3. Paul: I’m certain we would all like to see those photos.

  4. Bruce, I worked that wreck in Simcoe and have photos of trailing unit N&W 3726 (not 3725) laying on its side atop the overpass. It was uprighted and shoved clear before the Nadrofsky Steel mobile was set up to retrieve the 3659.

  5. Don’t misunderstand me, the lives of the crew were far more important. The F unit is a machine, replaceable. I was just wondering about the disposition of the “F7″, not marginalizing the human loss.

  6. I agree about the story being sad and the loss of the F unit, but one can’t compare the loss of a locomotive to the loss of the crew. F’s are still around. Those men are not.

  7. Yes, sad story but an extremely historic photo, and historically important. By that time, F units were rapidly being phased out, so I’ll assume this one was scrapped.

  8. Tragic indeed. Thanks for documenting this Bruce and for sharing.

  9. I remember seeing it on the front of the Globe & Mail paper the morning after…nose down onto the underpass below. Quote tragic,

  10. Wow, what a sad story. :-(

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