Burst loco. Carnisy? What did that?

Discussion in 'Weapons, Technology & Equipment' started by von Poop, Jul 3, 2018.

  1. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Someone posted this remarkable shot on Twatter this morning:
    An image Search implies it is at Carnisy Station, Normandy, 1944.

    Anybody know for certain what did it?
    Strafing & loco pressure?

    Another view:


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  2. m kenny

    m kenny Senior Member

    Last edited: Jul 3, 2018
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  3. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    It even happens in Thomas's world


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  4. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    We've been thinking mostly internal steam pressure, knowing full well how much power is stored in those pipes.
    Would be nice to know exactly what triggered it, though I suppose bad maintenance is always a possibility...
  5. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member


    There could be bullet/cannon shell holes that could have started the whole process off ending in the spaghetti bang

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  6. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

    Certainly the boiler exploded but I'll speculate a little bit that it wasn't a typical low water condition. I think it might have been a mine under the track because the right side pistons and cylinders have been blown off and the locomotive front truck is almost completely broken off as well. The boiler blew up too when the pressure vessel was breached and the steam flashed
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  7. TTH

    TTH Senior Member

    Oh, that's a lovely sight, though. T.E. Lawrence would have wet himself if he could have seen it.
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  8. TTH

    TTH Senior Member

    Also, I suppose if someone was really diligent/obsessed and had bags of free time they could go through the war diaries of the Allied air forces to see if it was an air strike that did it.
  9. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    Several other websites displaying that same photo have ascribed the result to Allied air attack.
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