I stumbled on this video due to my history of looking at railroad videos.
This was a bankrupt short line railroad with 62 miles of track that was carrying a few cars a week between Lometa Texas where it connects with the BNSF to Brady The 100 year old track was so bad it is limited to 10 mph. The FRA had ordered the Gulf, Colorado and San Saba railroad to stop using a crossing on a 4 lane highway because the crossing signals had no electrical power.
Then a funny thing happened – the best, cheapest fracking sand in the country lies right along the railroad.
The bridge crosses the Colorado River – it had been burning since Sunday Afternoon and this video was from Monday.
Back in the days of Steam Locomotives, sparks used to cause fires like this. They’re almost impossible to put out, especially so in the middle of nowhere. Damage is estimated at $10 million. Note that this was a bridge made from wood – imagine the trees that were needed to make it in 1910