DITCHED, part 3: EXTRACTION. On Wednesday, February 9, 2011, a southbound New England Southern light engine struck a patch of ice and toppled a full 130 degrees off the tracks and down an embankment. The Federal Railroad Administration has named ice and snow buildup, much of it caused by illegal snowmobile activity along the right-of-way, as the preliminary cause of the derailment. Winter's Rigging, a derailment contractor from New York State, is pulling the locomotive from the ditch in this scene. Digital photo. Taken from a controlled scene with the explicit permission of local law enforcement and first responders. Click here to view my next photo of the cleanup.