Knott's train conductor snagged by train's cow catcher

Posted Monday, January 29, 2001 9:17 AM | Contributed by

A ride operator of Knott's Berry Farm's train ride was caught by the train's cow catcher and dragged 50 feet while clearing a crosswalk of guests on Saturday. His injuries are not life threatening.

Read more from The Orange County Register.

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Monday, January 29, 2001 10:07 AM
That is scary. At least its nothing major!
Monday, January 29, 2001 10:18 AM
beast7369's avatar Wow....Now there is a rollercoaster ride if ever saw one. LOL! Glad to hear though that he will probably be ok. This may cause some changes in how they operate that ride though.
Monday, January 29, 2001 10:26 AM
Sounds to me like the employee wasn't very like there.

Monday, January 29, 2001 11:39 AM
Jeff's avatar You read what the consultant said... sounds like operator error.

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Monday, January 29, 2001 11:57 AM
Operator errors a lot of times cause these accidents. If the operators would just take one extra step for safety then these things won't happen. Some parks have very good operators like CP they don't have many accidents and if they do, they are usually minor and many other parks are starting to consider safety a bit more----well heck its the law in ohio I think that amusement park rides must be checked so often I'm not so sure that that is the EXACT law but I heard sumthin like that in the newspaper. I live almost in ohio I am right on the MI-OH border but I am in MI about 60 miles away from cp. So I get the Toledo Blade everyday and they have most if not ALL of the CP news in it.
Monday, January 29, 2001 12:31 PM
I was the manager of the railroad at SFGAm for a couple of seasons. You would have to be a complete idiot to get hit by the train. Plus, the engineer must not have been paying attention either, because those trains are very easy to stop and can be stopped quickly.
Monday, January 29, 2001 12:50 PM
I don't get how the guy was dragged 50 feet with out the engineer stopping. Can't the engineer see the cowcatcher from his seat?
Monday, January 29, 2001 12:52 PM
The first thing people always do after an accident is to start assigning blame. At least let all the info filter in first.

Thank you Disney, thank you...
Monday, January 29, 2001 1:45 PM
Geez if this was SFOT the guy would probably be dead. :(

Jack, who can't wait for Opening Day 2001...
Monday, January 29, 2001 3:18 PM
The trains at Knotts are full size ex-Colorado narrow gauge. The weight of the locomotive and tender alone is slightly over 63 1/2 tons! They do not stop on a dime. The trains do have air brakes,and at the speed it was probably going at the time, stopping within fifty feet is really pretty good. Quite frankly, I think he (the person on the ground) wasn't paying attention to how close he was in relation to the train. A lapse in concentraion in railroading can be fatal,ask any old rail. Even if it is in an amusement park.
Monday, January 29, 2001 3:31 PM
Man, this guy must have been at SFO... Heh heh...

I wonder how that happened. Those things go pretty slow, and with the whistle on the train. Help me, I can't put 2 and 2 together.
Monday, January 29, 2001 4:31 PM
As a railroad engineer myself, the conductor dragged is very lucky that he is not missing a part of his body or dead. He may have not realized how close the train actually was or actually how close he was to the tracks themselves. He may have even saved someone's life by getting them off the right of way before being struck himself. I was not there so I do not know the circumstances that led up to the incident. So I would not blame it on him or the engine crew. In situations like this one you must count your blessings. William *** This post was edited by lumpy72 on 1/29/2001. ***
Monday, January 29, 2001 5:11 PM
I too worked on the railroad at SFGAm quite a few years back (1990-1992). The train at SFGAm is quite different from a noraml Steam Engine. So, stopping it in a short distance was easy to do. But, with the case of the one at Knotts, since this was a REAL Steam engine, they are hard to stop in a hurry. So, I agree with lumpy72 in the comments that he made. The only thing that probably saved the operator was the speed that the train was traveling. I'm guessing that the train at Knotts does not go much over 15 or 20 MPH?


Brian A. Plencner
Monday, January 29, 2001 5:22 PM
Ouch, you know that hurt!

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Monday, January 29, 2001 6:24 PM
How odd. I was at Knott's that day, and didn't hear a thing about it. I guess I was on the other side of the park at the time... they did a good job covering it up!
Monday, January 29, 2001 7:31 PM

Can't the engineer see the cowcatcher from his seat?

From the cab of steam locomotive the pilot (cowcatcher) is not visible from either the engineer's seat or the fireman's seat. William

*** This post was edited by lumpy72 on 1/30/2001. ***
Monday, April 2, 2001 7:37 PM

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