06/25/11 98 W, 1 I - + 2 - 3 Aerial Photos of Nevada Amtrak Accident

The Reno Gazette-Journal has posted aerial photos of Friday's railroad accident where a tractor-drawn gravel truck struck a moving passenger train some 70 miles east of Reno. The collision caused a fire that killed a number of people (the count is still undetermined) and injured about 20 others. From photos, it looks like two of the coach cars were heavily damaged by fire. Observe the airport apparatus also on scene. Or are those Air Force rigs? Probably a long run, either way. Middle of nowhere, it looks like.

Marilyn Newton/Reno Gazette-Journal photo

Looking at Google Earth, and based upon the news reports from Reno, this occurred several miles north of the town of Fallon, NV. The navy maintains a naval air staiton there, which probably accounts for the Oshkoshes. It looks to have been about a 25 mile or so run from NAS Fallon. Fallon itself does not look large enough to support a civillian airfield that would have twin Oshkoshes available to leave for a fire several miles to the north without compromising airfield safety. Also, looking at Google Earth, this took place way out in the middle of nowhere. It happened along US95, about 3 miles south of I-80, near the Humboldt State Wildlife Area.
DJ - 06/26/11 - 11:06

Thanks DJ. This one’s a hearty reminder of the importance of MCI training no matter how remote you are! Wonder how common heavy fire is, with regard to passenger train incidents?
Legeros - 06/26/11 - 11:09

Those two Oshkosh trucks look like the kind that I have seen on Navy airfields, for that matter.
Legeros - 06/26/11 - 11:11

I was going to suggest NAS Fallon (Top Gun) too. One report I saw said some PTs were transported to Fallon. My dad said he read NAS Fallon responded. Also take a look at Fallon/Churchhill Vol. FD. They are an impressive FD, and I think they have some specialized rigs on that kind of chassis.
jcollins (Email) - 06/26/11 - 11:19


I have read about their rigs. Don’t they have a pair of triple-axle monsters that are their first-due rigs? They made ‘em big and packed, due to the long responses and needed for bringing everything-at-once? Something like that comes to mind…

Bet that was an interesting run card for that incident.
Legeros - 06/26/11 - 11:22

I think they have 4 that 3D/Darley made for them back in the mid 90s. Their old website was chock full of pics of them which you can still find on google archives.

“The department runs two matching compressed air foam pumper tankers and two pumper tanker aerials, three conventional engines, three 3500 gallon tankers, a dozen tenders, a tower ladder, a medium duty rescue, Haz Mat trailer, a dive van, and a rescue boat. “

“Standard issue Churchill County fire trucks consist of: 1995 Spartan 10 man long four door air conditioned cabs with seating for 10 with 9 guys in air packs. Officer’s facepieces have amplifiers built in. On structure fires the rigs commonly run with a crew of 8 to 10. Detroit Series 60 470 horse power engine with an Allison transmission with retarder. Top speed @90 mph. Fuel capacity allows runs of 450 miles. Nine batteries allow for alternator or belt failure.

In cab pump panel with flood light switches in cab, remote control deck guns and side dump controls. Cairnes IRIS, portable and mobile cell phone combination. Rear vision TV, red cab lighting, swivel style map book holder. Rechargeable flashlites for all seats. Drivers side speedometer. Opticom emittter to insure a green traffic light the direction the fire truck is responding and red lights the other three directions. Four radio chargers are in each cab with a David Clark head set attached. That allows the engineer and others to do his job and always be in immediate radio contact. A 500 unit radio transmitting PASS recieving computer to automaticly track all firefighters and apparatus onscene.

Body made by 3D Manufacturering with pump and build up by Darley. Rescue style high side compartments on both sides. Hydraulic ladder rack on both sides, each with one 35’, 24’ 14’ and 10’ ladder and two pikes poles.

Front bumper attack lines include one 150 foot one inch, one 50’ one inch, two 150 2 inch lines, and one 50 foot dead line. Rear attack lines include one 400 feet 2 inch and two 250 foot 2 1/2 inch lines. Crosslays include four 150 foot 2 inch lines, two 400 foot 2 inch lines and one 400 foot 1 inch line.

Two 2000 gpm remote controlled monitors with 150 to 1250 and 300 to 2000 gpm TFT automatic nozzles and smooth bores to 2 1/2 inch. Controls in the cab, remote tethers at the tail board and sides of the rig with on/off and foam controls allow flexibility in use of the guns. One portable Akron Apollo. The supply bed consists of split lays of 5 inch hose with a capacity of 2600 feet for the trucks and 5200 feet for the engines with the hose being green. Water tank capacity is 2000 for the trucks and 2500 gallons for the engines. Each rig has a 3 inch direct fill connection with 1 1/2 inch, 2 1/2” and 5” storz reducers attached. All rigs have 10 inch side dumps. Foam compliment consists of four tanks with 60 gallons of Class A and 90 gallons of 1% AFFF. Dunnage area storage for 40 additional gallons of gel or foam. A 120 cubic foot compressor for compressed air foam streams. Foam is pre-set so it is always on. No driver intervention is required to make foam, simply engage the pump. 18’ remote pickups tubes allow Class A and Class B to be drawn from another vehicles foam tank, can or drum. Water, faom and CAFS can be discharged simultaneously. Pump capacity is 1500 gpm 2 stage with pump and roll at any speed. Front rear and in cab pump panels. 6 water level lights. Large roof mounted hallogen lights in four colors to indicate water level. Each rig has 4 fixed and 2 portable tripods 1500 watt flood lights. Four 1500 watt floods on the light mast or aerial, for a total of 15,000 in fixed scene lighting. Five 500 watt portable flood lights attached to reels. 1750 feet of power cord on 9 reels. 12 salvage covers are carried, 14 spare air pack bottles, 8 hooks, Holmotro extrication gear, smoke ejector, 2 to 12 foot piercing nozzle, cellar nozzle, chain saw, gas and electric circular saws, air powered wizzer saw, and three corded and a cordless recip saws. 70 pieces of cribbing, gas powered Holomotro simo pump with dual 50 foot reels, rams, cutter and spreader, gas powered torch, port-a-power, extensive tool boxes, assorted air tools and two 60 minute bottles, air bag compliment, 40’ of hard suction hose with 15 feet preconnected in a squirrel tail, a low lift and a floating strainer, trauma bags, wire down locatr, through the lock entry gear, and water transfer devices. Each rig has powder coat color coded fittings either red, orange, blue or green. All attack line hose is color coded to it’s bed. All attack lines are attached to water thiefs(a wye with a 2 1/2” and two 1 1/2” ports). A total of five water thieves and one wye surround the rig providing 12 – 1 1/2” and 5 – 2 1/2” gated discharges. All discharges are reduced in stages from 5” storz to 2 1/2” to 1 1/2” to 1” then capped. Two 5 inch dicharges and 4 large diameter gated suctions supply the pump. The aerials are 62 foot Nova Quintech ladders with 150 to 1250 gpm waterways. The tip of the ladder sports David Clark headset jack, four flood lights, one 200 foot cord reel with a 500 watt flood light attached, and axe and pike pole.

Cost: Engines $380,000. Trucks $460,000.
shevais - 06/27/11 - 00:52

Thanks Shev! Those are some old-school web pages, there!



Legeros - 06/27/11 - 08:20

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