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Location DB > United States > North Carolina > Mayodan > Derailment Site
Derailment Site
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created by aGlock4u on 7/16/2007 3:38 AM
last modified by aGlock4u on 7/16/2007 3:51 AM
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Outdoor area where a train derailment happened about 20-30 years ago.
 Basic Information
Type: Outdoors
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information

Mayodan, North Carolina
United States
Owner: Norfolk Southern Corporation
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • flooding
  • water
  • Poison Ivy, Trains
  •  Interesting Features
    This is industrial archaeology at it's finest. I honestly don't know what all is down there buried. I know for a fact there is a fuel tank from one of the locomotives and a bunch of hood doors scattered around the site. The derailment took down a signal, which is also down there on it's side along with it's base. Lots of crossties are down there as well. No telling what digging around might find! I *highly* suggest going in the winter. During the summer it's almost impossible to look around, and there are spiders and poison ivy everywhere.
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     Historical Dates
    Built: 1975
    Closed: 0
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  • towelettes
  •  Recommended Equipment
    This derailment occured sometime in the 1970's or 1980's, other than that not much is known about it. One story I have heard is that three locomotives were stopped at Stoneville at the top of the grade while the crew went into a restaurant to get something to eat. The engines didn't have the handbrake tied down, so they started to roll and reached speeds as high as 70mph before derailing at "Deadman's Curve" as the locals call it. I have also heard rumors of another derailment at the site back in the steam days, but I can't confirm that.
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     Future Plans
    None.. it will rust away and probably eventually slide into the river.

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    Mon, Jul 16th, 2007
    posted by aGlock4u
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 8/7/2007 5:21 AM.

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  • on Aug 7 07 at 5:21, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jul 16 07 at 3:56, aGlock4u made this location available
  • on Jul 16 07 at 3:55, aGlock4u updated gallery picture IMG_0311
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  • on Jul 16 07 at 3:53, aGlock4u added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Jul 16 07 at 3:52, aGlock4u updated gallery Summer Photos
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