MILO, Maine (AP) — An auction this week will feature dozens of locomotives formerly owned by the company responsible for last year’s deadly derailment in Quebec.
Twenty-four of the locomotives were owned by the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railways, which filed for bankruptcy and was sold. Seven others were affiliated with MMA’s former parent company, Rail World Inc.
The auction on Tuesday doesn’t include the lead locomotive from the runaway train that derailed in Lac Megantic, killing 47 people. That locomotive was pulled from the lot after Canadian law enforcement authorities objected.
The lead locomotive caught fire before the tragedy. Its engine, which was left running to ensure air brakes remained enabled, was turned off while firefighter doused the blaze. Later, the unattended train began rolling.