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Derailment: Monday, March 15, 1999
Amtrak City of New Orleans

The Amtrak City of New Orleans derailed between 9:45 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. (Central Standard Time) on Monday evening, March 15, 1999, after it struck a flatbed tractor trailer truck loaded with steel that was blocking a railroad crossing about 50 miles south of Chicago.

"The engineer said he saw the lights flashing, he saw the barriers down, and then he saw the truck stop and try to get around it," said Amtrak's Chairman, Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson. The full story can be read in the March 17, 1999, Philadelphia Inquirer Online at:


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Here is the consist of Amtrak train #59 that was wrecked at Bourbonnaise, IL on 15 March.

  • 807 P40
  • 829 P40
  • ----------------------
  • 1116 baggage
  • 39004 dormitory
  • 32035 sleeper (car line 5900)
  • 38020 diner
  • 31034 coach-baggage
  • 31540 coach-smoker
  • 33009 lounge
  • 34089 coach
  • 35001 snack bar-coach -- deadhead
  • 31016 coach -- deadhead
  • 32031 sleeper -- (car line 5901)
  • 32046 sleeper -- deadhead
  • 38032 diner -- deadhead
  • 32058 sleeper -- deadhead


MICHAEL M. PALMIERI -- New Orleans, Louisiana
visit the LOUISIANA RAIL SITE @ http://lrs.railspot.com -- updated 25 October 1998
and MEXICAN RAILWAYS @ http://mexican.railspot.com -- updated 29 November 1998

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