On November 3, 2022, Strasburg locomotive 475 was unfortunately involved in a collision with an excavator on a track at Leaman Place, the turnaround point for the railroad, in Paradise, PA. The former Norfolk & Western locomotive is the oldest active steam engine in the United States today. The accident happened on Strasburg’s 11:00 excursion train and it wasn’t as bad as first thought. Presenters Eric Grover & Jackson Small will investigate how the accident happened, what could have been prevented, and what the railroad found out from the incident.
The 116-year-old locomotive was out of service for less than one week with their shop forces working on it. Thankfully nobody was injured in the accident with only a small amount of damage to the equipment. Engines 89 & 90 both filled in during the absence of the locomotive on the country’s oldest continuously running standard gauge railroad.