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Mudslide derails train in Everett- video you must see

Dan McShane posted an amazing video of a train derailment in Everett on his blog, Reading the Washngton Landscape.
Go there and watch the vid; be patient. The audio comment at 1m29s is very appropriate.
http://washingtonlandscape.blogspot.com/2012/12/landslide-derails-bnsf-train-in-everett.html

2 Responses

  1. My brother used to live on that bluff . Great view from there. He decided that he had better get out before his house went down the slope. I liked your explanation of why the cliff keeps sliding. It
    makes sense! That explains Eldridge Ave. slide in Bellingham too.

  2. Recently I participated in a Mt. Baker Club kayak paddle that launched at Mukilteo and followed the shoreline south toward Edmonds. The goal was to visit several above-tide shipwrecks including the Pacific Queen but along the way recent slope failures and repairs to the rail-bed made very interesting viewing. The perspective from the water was revealing. At some locations, raw jumbled slope debris had overrun the rails and spilled down the waterside of the retaining bank. Features that seemed to correlate with stability issues besides the steepness of the cut-banks included the presence of armoring dry-rock support walls and the intervening topography when the rail-line was located in deeper water further from the shoreline. As a side trip we paddled past the old abandoned Air Force fueling docks and NOAA Research facility that are just north of the current Mukilteo ferry landing. In the near future a new ferry terminal and dock will be built at the north end of the military compound and the old docks removed. These developments are expected to add public access and include shoreline habitat remediation.

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