GRS 351 on EDWJ brought the train up from West Springfield.
“Train Safe 2004,” an Emergency
Preparedness and Public Safety
Exposition was held at the Buckland Railroad Yard/Shelburne Falls
Trolley Museum on Sunday May 16th from noon until 4 PM. The
Public Safety Exposition featured a
variety of safety groups who had displays open for viewing by the
public. “Train Safe 2004” featured a visit to the Buckland Rail
yard from the Firefighters Education and Training Foundation’s Safety
Train. The Safety Train consists of three of the most common types of
tank cars in the industry.
MCVX 87527 is a DOT 105, which carries Chlorine. This car is a full sill car,
but it doesn't have to be to carry Chlorine.
MCVX 17572 is a DOT 112, used to carry LPG or Anhydrous Ammonia.
MCVX 23531 is a Dot 111A which is a general service car that could carry anything
from candle wax to a hazardous material, if placarded.
The tank cars are empty and are not used
for transporting materials anymore, they are for 'hands-on' training in
types of tank cars and their hatches, vents, etc.
MCVX 368381 classroom car was built at the Pennsylvania Railroad Car shop
at Hollidaysburg,PA. It was built as an insulated box car for beer service.
This car was dedicated to owner John O'Neill's son John R. O'Neill II
on July 30, 2002 in West Springfield, MA.
351 ran around the train at CPF402, then back to CPF398,
then back onto the train for the shove into the yard.
The first move across Elm St on this track since the coach arrived in 1998.
Under several watchful eyes the four cars and one engine move up the
John Greene and owner John O'Neill spot the classroom car.
What do you suppose GRS351 and steam 10 have to say to each other?
Saturday May 15, 2004 was set aside for training classes for
firefighters, police, board of health members, etc. to learn about how
to respond to and take care of a hazardous materials incident.
The tents are
set up, the classroom car is open, here comes No. 10.
Chef Dane Donato and LEPC director Lisa White check out the BBQ
John O'Neill explains the salient details of a DOT 112 "Whalebelly"
Sunday May 16, 2004 was the Public Safety Expo. Among the
presentations for the Public Safety Expo were the Firefighters
Education and Training
Foundation’s Safety Train, the
region’s Mass Decontamination Trailer, the American Red Cross,
Northfield Dive Team, Northfield
Mountain Nordic Ski Patrol and the Franklin County Citizens Emergency
Team. A barbeque and
live music by John Mlynick were also provided. Here are some
views from the Expo:
Set up on the
old creamery, next to steam 10's tanks, John Mlynick provided music.
The Class Room Car was open to the
public. Let's take a look inside:
With the plug
door open, the entrance looks like a school house.
conditioned, carpeted and nicely detailed, the car is an ideal
classroom for safety classes.
Wednesday May 19, 2004 was the evening
set aside for a simulated haz mat incident.
Oh, no! Someone
drove into the side of the train! Looks like that tank car is
Put on your
protective gear, make the area safe for the rescue.
Go in and get
Off to the
ambulance he goes!
View of the
command post at the top of Depot Street.
GRS 518 came at 2200 to pick up the Safety Train.
All photos courtesy of Sam Bartlett and Nate Bartlett. Reuse is
encouraged, please credit the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum if
pictures are reused. Higher resolution copies are available, contact us.