Man drops boulder on reveler-filled Cape Cod dinner train

Reply Fri 12 Oct, 2012 10:25 am
One hundred and fifty passengers had finished their five-course meal aboard the Cape Cod Central
Railroad’s Elegant Dinner Train and were headed back to Hyannis Thursday night when a man hurled
a 40-pound boulder onto the front of the locomotive, according to Sandwich police.

The romantic dinner train provides “gourmet dining, outstanding service, and magical memories,”
according to the Cape Cod Central Railroad website.

“All that makes Cape Cod special... marsh and dune, seabirds and salt air, glimpses of the bay and
scenes of quaint village life... pass your window as you journey to a bygone era,” the description

But guests were brought back to the present era when the behemoth rock smashed onto the front
of the train.

The incident happened at 8:30 p.m. Thursday on Old County Road near Chase Road in Sandwich,
according to Sandwich police Officer Philip Anderson

Railroad staff reported to police that a man dropped the boulder from an overpass as the train was
traveling eastbound, he said.

Witnesses told police that they saw a white male, approximately 20 years old, wearing jeans and a
gray long-sleeved T-shirt, drop the large rock and flee the scene, Anderson said.

No injuries were reported among the passengers.

The boulder caused significant damage to the train’s front headlights and might have caused damage
to the undercarriage, Anderson said.

The train, which offers soft music, fresh flowers, and a candlelit five-course meal, was delayed for a
half hour while police investigated the scene, said Jonathan Babbitt, superintendent of passenger
operations for the railroad.

“Under federal law the locomotive was able to continue to continue to its destination but we can’t send
it out until all of the equipment on board has been repaired,” Babbitt said.

He said railroad staff members are assessing the damage to the train’s undercarriage and are in the
process of repairing the headlights.

Cape Cod Central Railroad and the Massachusetts Coastal Railroad are subsidiaries of Cape Rail Inc.,
he said.

Babbitt said he has never encountered an incident such as this.

“In the history of the Cape Cod Central Railroad, we’ve occasionally had stones thrown at the trains
by kids, but nothing of this magnitude,” Babbitt said.

He said the act was not a practical joke, but a violation of federal law.

Anyone caught and convicted will have to face federal authorities, not the local government, he said.

Such incidents are taken “extraordinarily seriously” by the Transportation Security Administration and
the Federal Railroad Administration, Babbitt said.

“I think people don’t realize the level of governmental interest in this sort of behavior,” he said.
“This is not just a schoolboy prank.”
(bahstin globe)
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Reply Fri 12 Oct, 2012 10:32 am
@Region Philbis,
Something tells me that anyone, who does this type of ... attack (for use of a better word), isn't right in the head and isn't doing this as some kind of high school prank.
Region Philbis
Reply Fri 12 Oct, 2012 10:49 am

he threw it on the ground, but missed...
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Reply Fri 12 Oct, 2012 01:30 pm
Throwing things at trains or interfering with the track happens here in Britain, sometimes drivers have been killed. I once read an extract of a newspaper story from the 1850s lamenting how frequent it was at that time.
Lustig Andrei
Reply Fri 12 Oct, 2012 02:13 pm
Always blows my mind when something as stupid as this occurs.
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Reply Fri 12 Oct, 2012 02:20 pm
I thought you were in Spain.

did they toss you out like France did?

what a wild and crazy life your wife must lead...
Reply Sat 13 Oct, 2012 01:42 am
Rockhead wrote:

I thought you were in Spain.

I own a house in England but I live in a property in Spain provided by my employer. I am at the English location right now, on vacation for two weeks.
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