Train Wreck: Experiments To Derail Trains – Archive Footage

In March 1944, the United States National Defense Resources Committee & Office of Strategic Services performed a number of experiments on the Claiborne-Polk military railroad to help determine the best way to derail trains. The results were presented in the film “Derailment”.

The film discusses the amount of explosive used, technique of making “gaps” in railroad track to overturn train. Uses filmographic techniques such as slow motion, reverse motion, and freeze frame to show effects of “gaps” and explosives on train and results of experiments. Illustrated arrows point to areas of the train considered especially relevant to experiment. The narrator explains each type of explosive and reason for variations. Great archive footage of the old steam trains.


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