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It was the summer of 2009 and we were vacationing in western Maine at the Sunday River ski area of Newry. On the morning of August 17th I had ventured out in the early hours with my camera with the rare hope I might see a moose or just something of interest. I got on Route 2 in Bethel and drove west towards the New Hampshire border. As I approached Gilead, Maine the traffic was backed up and moving slowly which I thought was because of road construction. However as I slowly advanced I discovered that late Saturday afternoon on August 16th a westbound St. Lawrence & Atlantic freight train traveling from Auburn, ME to Quebec, Canada had derailed 20 cars along Route 2. Of the 20 derailed cars, 11 contained ethanol but were empty and the other nine carried paper.
I pulled over just up the road and walked back to the derailment sight. Introducing myself to the Fire Chief, we chatted a bit and I went about my business taking several images.