Sunday, July 6, 2014

Planes and Trains--in the River?

In 2009, in Wichita, Kansas, I saw a trainload of Boeing 737 aircraft fuselages where there were supposed to be—on a train on the tracks.

Not like what happened on July 3, when a train carrying planes from Kansas to the state of Washington ended up in a river in Montana.

The 19-car BNSF train was carrying the complete fuselages of six single-aisle 737s, fuselage panels for a long-range 777, and wing parts for a jumbo 747.

How they're supposed to look.

Fortunately, there were no injuries.

The derailment threatened to throw a wrench in the tightly choreographed Boeing manufacturing process, which depends on just-in-time deliveries of parts.

I'm sure it surprised a few rafters on the river, too.

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