Interstate Commerce Commision, Report of the Accident Investigation Occuring on the ATCHISON, TOPEKA AND SANTA FE RAILWAY, LYNN, N. MAX

To the Commission: On March 37, 1934, a freight train on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway broke in two at Lynn, N. Mex., the caboose being buckled by the two pusher engines coupled behind it, re sulting in the injury of one employee. Location and method of operation This accident occurred on that part of the First District of the New Mexico Division which extends between Raton, N. Mex., and Trinidad, Colo., a distance of 23.8 miles; in the immediate vicinity of the point of accident this
more » ... nt of accident this is a double-track line over which trains are operated, upon receipt of proper clearance card, by an automatic block-signal system whose indications su persede time table superiority. The accident occurred as the train was approaching the tower at Lynn, located about 1,900 feet west of the summit of Raton Mountain, at which time the rear end was just west of the west switch at Lynn. In this vi cinity the track is composed of numerous short curves and tan gents, the curves varying from 1°10' to 8°03', the caboose be ing on a 5° curve to the right when the accident occurred. The grade for east-bound trains is ascending for several miles, and varies from 3.924 to 3.40 percent over that portion of track occupied by the train when the break-in-two occurred. The weather was clear at the time of the accident, which occurred about 11:45 a.m. Description East-rbound freight train No. 46-Y consisted of engines 3872 and 3816, 36 loaded and 22 empty cars, an all-steel ca boose, and with pusher engines 3820 and 915 coupled behind the caboose; the train was in charge of Conductor Cole and Engineman Martinson, with Engineman Kruger on helper engine 3872, and Enginemen Perkins and Leary, respectively, on the pusher engines. This train left Raton, 6.8 miles west of Lynn, at 11:10 a.m., and was approaching the top of the grade at a speed
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