Monmouth firefighters extinguished a locomotive fire Saturday morning that left the train engine inoperable.

The Pan Am Railways train, which also had two other engines pulling 80 cars, was headed south when the crew noticed the train was losing power, Monmouth Fire Chief Dan Roy said.

After discovering smoke coming out of one the engines, the conductor stopped the train and backed it up to the railroad crossing on Berry Road in Monmouth, Roy said.

When Monmouth firefighters arrived on scene, heavy smoke was coming from the engine compartment containing the generator and electric panels, the chief said. It took the firefighting crew about a half-hour to knock down the fire, Roy said.

No one was injured, but the engine car probably was a total loss, he said.


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