Pipeline Rupture.—Eleven houses and 21 motor vehicles were destroyed by fire from the pipeline rupture and fire (figures 11 and 12). Four houses received moderate fire and smoke damage, and three houses received smoke damage only. Appendix F lists the residences and the damages incurred.
The costs incurred from the train derailment and the pipeline rupture, as reported by SP, follow:
|69 Cars||$ 1,550,407.00|
|1 Locomotive repair||85,001.00|
* The dollar figure is based upon comparable locomotives available today for replacement.
Calnev reported the following costs as a result of the pipeline rupture:
|Pipeline Repair||$ 500,000.00|
Total reported costs from the train derailment and the pipeline rupture were: $14,274,291.00.
Damage to the Pipeline.—The 14-inch-diameter pipeline ruptured at about MP 6.9. A 25-foot, 1⅞-inch-section (301⅞ inches) of the pipe that included the rupture area was cut from the pipeline to make a temporary repair. The 25-foot section was removed about 5:00 p.m. on May 26, 1989, and was replaced with a section of sound pipe.
After the 25-foot section of pipe containing the rupture was removed, it was torch cut into 5 smaller sections. Beginning at the south end, the first section was 44⅞ inches long and contained no areas of damage. The next 44½-inch section contained the rupture. These last two sections of pipe were taken to the Safety Board’s laboratory in Washington, D.C., for testing (figures 13 and 14). (Additional information is provided under "Tests and Research.") The next section was 6 inches long and contained no damage. The last section was 165½ inches long and contained damage to the coating along the side of the pipe at the 3 o’clock position (looking north).