Pistons seek Independence

You know you're having a interesting day, when a piston of your engine, winds up going through a nearby roof. Such was the case with Canadian National locomotive 2699, when it was going through the Louisiana town of Independence, earlier this year.

The Dash 9-44CW locomotive is built by GE Transportation Systems based in Erie, Pennsylvania, and features a 4,400 horsepower, V16 turbocharged diesel engine, known as the GE7FDL16. Seems one of those 16 power packs decided to fail, sending the cylinder head airborne into a yard, and the piston crashing through a roof and lodging into the wall of the nearby house. The series of pictures below illustrate the damage.

Right, is a picture of GE's 7FDL16 engine, removed from a locomotive.

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