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Someone cleared the kuduz from along the Capital Crescent Trail in Bethesda and uncovered a railroad car that was beside the trail.  I remember the car about 30 years ago before the kuduz covered it up.  See attached image.  This derailment must have taken place about 50 years ago on the old B & O spur line between Silver Spring and Georgetown.

Do you have any information about it?



It's odd that you would ask this question in a law forum so I am guessing that you either know me or know of me.

Having said that I saw this same question this morning on another forum.

I can tell you that if it was a derailment then it wasn't serious enough to be investigated by the FCC. I have never heard of any derailment on the Georgetown Branch although I know of two fatal train vs. car accidents that happened in the 1960's and 1970's.

The Chessie System cleaned out the line in March, 1985. It's my suspicion that what was uncovered is the remains of a rotting boxcar that was left behind and not the remnants of a wreck.

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