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CN Train Derailment

  1. 1. CN Train Derailment 1992Nakina, On. Canada. <br />
  2. 2. Newspaper Clipping of accident<br />
  3. 3. 1 Engine is crushed under the pipe<br />
  4. 4. 3 Engines are completely submerged and the oil and diesel have started to leak into the lake.<br />
  5. 5. A 100 year old beaver dam finally broke open, this caused the lake water level to drop 10ft in a matter of minutes. <br />
  6. 6. The rapid rush of water caused this land slide and washed the soil from under the tracks into the lake. <br />
  7. 7. The original waterline compared to the new waterline.That blue spot is a 6” water pump that stands 5ft tall.<br />
  8. 8. The track is seamless. It drops in the lake and comes back up on the other side.<br />
  9. 9. The first 4 days we assisted the OPP Divers because two bodies where still trapped in the Lead Engine. After removing the window frame the OPP removed the first body. Then we had to remove the conductor’s chair so the second body could be removed.<br />
  10. 10. Once the bodies were removed, we built a makeshift dive platform out of a floating dock and 2 small fishing boats. The next task was to drain the oil & Diesel fuel from the 3 submerged engines. A special fitting was made to do an underwater interlock and then transfer the fluid to a Vacuum truck.<br />
  11. 11. I was below connecting the fuel transfer line and communicating with Bruce Suederhausen Dive Supervisor. Jason McArthur acting as safety diver while I was below.<br />
  12. 12. Excavator preparing to drag the remaining pipe out.<br />
  13. 13. After the fuel oil was transferred, then the pipeline salvage began.We used sling chokers if we could access the pipe otherwise we had to drag welding cable out and torch holes underwater in the pipe ends to clamp with a clevis such as this one.<br />
  14. 14. While we removed the pipe from the water, this engine was torched off at the waterline because we could not get a crane big enough, back in the bush, to drag it out. The other two engines remain submerged in the lake bottom to this very day.<br />
  15. 15. Myself wearing the best dive helmet ever, Kirby Morgan Superlite 17<br />
  16. 16. Jason McArthur <br />Jason and I attended UWS at Seneca together in 1992. He is a great friend and we have done many dives together both sport and <br />Commercially. He was the brave one who went inside the engine to remove the conductor chair all while knowing the last missing body was within arms length of him. He said “It was a good thing the water was pitch black”. He also removed the black boxes from both lead engines.<br />
  17. 17. Two weeks after the wreck, this new line was built and CN was able to move freight once again.<br />
  18. 18. This is the crew we spent 24/7 with for 2 weeks. We lived on the rail car in the background while we were there. Myself far left, Terry Moffat CN Rep beside me, Jason McArthur crouching down and Bruce Soederhausen from Tam Dive, Toronto wearing Nike hoodie.<br />
  19. 19. Gordon’s MarineSetting up for underwater video inspection at Kettle Point. This is for the new installation of a 12” waterline .<br />
  20. 20. Can you guess these helmets?<br />The video helmet<br />Safety divers helmet<br />
  21. 21. Dean Construction’s Pipe lay barge<br />
  22. 22. We preformed the Inspection after Gal Con Divers Installed the pipe.<br />
  23. 23. Pipeline installation <br />
  24. 24. Gal Con Divers preparing to dive<br />
  25. 25. Preparing the divers<br />Christian Vesnaver in the red Viking Dry suit, fellow Seneca UWS Alumni<br />
  26. 26. Getting ready to Dive<br />Going down into the pump house at the Sarnia Water Treatment Plant.<br />While working for Gordon’s Marine we installed 2” SS pipeline inside the intake pipe that comes in from the St. Clair river. We installed 500ft of pipeline and the ring diffuser at the mouth of the intake pipe.<br />
  27. 27. Underwater week at St. Philips school Petrolia. Sharing with the kids about Industrial Diving.<br />
  28. 28. Ship wreck at Fathom Five Marine Park in Tobermory, On.<br />
  29. 29. Wreck diving with Jason & Kelly McArthur and Don Fader<br />
  30. 30. Long time friend Don Fader, on the left, and myself enjoying another wreck dive in Tobermory.<br />
  31. 31. I hope you enjoyed this presentation<br />Thank you<br />

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