The big hook.
This is another enlargement from the wreck train photo. It's a little fuzzy,
since it's quite an enlargement I'm trying to extract from a small snapshot.
The crane is attempting to lower the loco back on the tracks. Are the loco frames
physically attached to the trucks, or do they just rely on gravity to hold them
together? I thought I read somewhere that it's just the engine weight that keeps
them sitting on the trucks. (If so, I'd assume that the wreck crew would have to
lift up the loco frame first and place it on some cribbing, then pick up the truck and get
it back on the tracks.)
Back to the 1969 Train Wreck photos.
photo, May 1969.