Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area



1976, September 5 - Vandals derail a locomotive at St. Lawrence Cement, Ottawa, CNR Alexandria subdivision



From the Ottawa Journal 7 September 1976

Vandals derail locomotive
Vandalism by youths is believed to have caused the derailment of a diesel locomotive and a 100-ton cement car at the St, Lawrence Cement Company yard on Star Top Road Sunday afternoon. Company manager Gerard Payer said that "kids" apparently released the air brakes on nine 100-ton CNR cement cars, causing them to roll 1,000 feet down their siding. The cars, with a weight totalling 900 tons, rammed into a company-owned  diesel, sending it crashing through a guardrail at the end of the siding, Mr. Payer said. The diesel was forced into a ditch about 8 feet from Innis Road, The first loaded cement car jumped the tracks and flipped onto its left side. Mr. Payer was not able to give an immediate estimate of damage. There were no injuries.

Note - it would have been the hand brake which as tampered with

The pictures below were taken by Paul Bown 




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