Aug 13, 2016 EAST SAUGATUCK, MI -- Underpowered trains in the rain on a hill: not a recipe for success.

Follow along with this misadventure, as we capture CSX's Q326 stalling in real time on a rainy Michigan summer morning. The train, at 9200 tons, was already pushing the limits on this hill, the ruling grade for the run, and the rain didn't make it any easier!

CSX Q326
- UP 6812 [AC44CW]
- CSX 8880 [SD40-2]
- 88 cars [Mixed]
- (1) CSX Grand Rapids Sub, East Saugatuck, MI, 55th St xing, on 8-13-16 from 07:46 to 07:55 EDT
- (2) East Saugatuck, 136th Ave xing, at 08:48
- (3) East Saugatuck, 55th St xing, from 09:57 to 10:18
- (4) Zeeland, Centennial St xing, at 13:05
- Grandville, along Chicago Dr, at 28th St overpass, at 13:33
*(1) Stalls on the crossing at 55th St; (2) First Half double to the siding; (3) Grabbing the second half for the double; (4) Back together and underway with 10:10 recrew*

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    • David Urban
      David Urban

      Boy how embarrassing

      about 19 hours ago
    • Samual Ingraham
      Samual Ingraham

      thats a bit unsettling just watching it slow down all the creaking. freaky

      about 4 days ago
    • mark hall
      mark hall

      Nice, Trains can move a ton of freight over 470 miles on a single gallon of fuel.

      about 5 days ago
    • robert steele
      robert steele

      I think I can I think I can aaaa nope

      about 7 days ago
    • marco Sinnes
      marco Sinnes

      Top video great

      about 14 days ago

      Fuel is money

      about 14 days ago
    • Matthew Williford
      Matthew Williford

      The crew probably got taken out of service

      about 14 days ago
    • Thornapple River Rail Series
      Thornapple River Rail Series In reply to Matthew Williford

      Nope, surely they did not. This for one isn't the crew's fault, and second, not all that unusual of an occurrence here. It's been part of the game since the line was built in the 1800s

      about 14 days ago
    • John Clark
      John Clark

      I wonder if the UP "Big Boy" could have made this pull?

      about 18 days ago
    • Thornapple River Rail Series
      Thornapple River Rail Series In reply to John Clark

      Nope, still not enough power

      about 17 days ago
    • Turbotroll

      Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't a stall simply the inability to get the power from the traction motors to the rails - effectively a burnout? Why is a stall a progressive thing, rather than a sudden slipping of the wheels, or is it simply the momentum of several thousand tons behind them that causes the engines to roll up the gradient a bit then slowly lose speed? When they finally get moving again at 11 minutes that doesn't exactly sound convincing

      about 18 days ago
    • Angel Castaneda
      Angel Castaneda

      Cool video man. Having no music makes the difference!

      about 18 days ago
    • bela katootz
      bela katootz

      seems like if the Titanic had those kind of headlights they may have seen the iceberg sooner

      about 20 days ago
    • Brady

      Thank Hunter Harrison he got rid of all helpers

      about 20 days ago
    • Thornapple River Rail Series
      Thornapple River Rail Series In reply to Brady

      This was pre-Hunter. Can't blame him for this one!

      about 19 days ago
    • Thomas Linehan
      Thomas Linehan

      How steep is the grade ?

      about 20 days ago
    • Raymond Poteet
      Raymond Poteet

      Thanks for not filling this with crap loud music! Nice job.

      about 23 days ago
    • Lou Judson
      Lou Judson

      Stop hauling all that oil; andyou'dbefine.Leave it in the ground!

      about 23 days ago
    • josh26marsh
      josh26marsh In reply to Lou Judson

      Your comment is contradictory and ignorant.

      about 18 days ago
    • Kerry Freeman
      Kerry Freeman

      Foreign power! Anyone else notice that the lead unit on that was a UNION PACIFIC engine?!

      about 23 days ago
    • chewtoy99

      I think i can , no wait ,nope your the train that cant !!

      about 25 days ago
    • Name Dropper
      Name Dropper

      The fat controller was cross. Fat controller" You have caused confusion and delay!"

      about 26 days ago
    • robert kline
      robert kline

      Very cool !!

      about 26 days ago
    • Red Baron
      Red Baron

      The little engines that *THOUGHT* they could, lol.

      about 1 month ago
    • port starboard
      port starboard

      RR gambled that it wouldnt be raining

      about 1 month ago
    • Tom Thompson
      Tom Thompson


      about 1 month ago
    • Michael G
      Michael G

      The big engine that couldn’t.

      about 1 month ago
    • TRSPomerania

      Great job by the crew and obviously by the unbroken locomotives :) Excellent video!

      about 1 month ago
    • Godzilla

      Too much load and not enough power!

      about 1 month ago

      Loco sound seems like INDIANRAILWAY loco WDM3A,WDG3A,WDM3D

      about 1 month ago
    • im1who84u

      What ever happened to Cabooses? I always thought they were cool and that it would be a cool job to have a job riding in one of those.

      about 1 month ago
    • Ron Estes
      Ron Estes

      Wet rail.

      about 1 month ago
    • New2ADV

      Can anyone explain the CSX/UP teamwork? I’m just a super duper casual rail fan, as in”hey that’s a train cool!” So I know like next to nothing about rail

      about 1 month ago
    • Thornapple River Rail Series
      Thornapple River Rail Series In reply to New2ADV

      See this video of mine:

      about 1 month ago
    • damarion price
      damarion price

      THOMAS THE TRAIN !!!!!

      about 1 month ago