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Delaware Water Gap "Beer Train Wreck" - Delaware Water Gap PA

Delaware Water Gap "Beer Train Wreck" is a shore accessible fresh water dive site, located at Rt. 611, Delaware Water Gap, PA. This dive site has an average rating of 3.00 out of 5 from 7 scuba divers. The maximum depth is 36-40ft/11-12m. The average visibility is 5-10ft/2-3m.

There have been at least two railroad accidents at this spot: the first on May 18, 1948, and the second in the evening of September 11, 1975. In the first derailment, the locomotive jumped the tracks, killing two crewmen. The cars somehow stayed on the tracks, sparing the 76 passengers. It is rumored that the locomotive is still somewhere in the river mud, but there is little evidence of this. In the second accident, two engines and thirteen cars of a freight train went into the river. The train’s crew was unhurt in a third engine. Most of the wreckage was cleaned up, but several cars remain, including a closed boxcar in 14 ft of Miller Beerwater, and nearby a flatbed car with a semi-trailer full of real Miller beer bottles In the CNJ tables of the FRA database, this wreck is listed. The specifics are: Lead unit CNJ 3068, nearest station is listed as Slateford Junction, temperature was 62 degrees, train speed was 37 mph, train number was 99 (ES-99), with 2460 tons, 17 loads, 41 empties, equipment damage was $546,840, track damage was $11,243, for a wreck total of $558,093. It also lists the time as 8:18 pm.

This information was also found about DWG:
Most of the people who have been on the train wreck will probably tell you it’s a ’one and done’ dive. From what I’ve personally seen, it’s either hit or miss. That also depends on if anyone has been on the wreck before you got there. On a good day you can almost make out the wreck from the surface. The top of the wreck starts around 7ft in the summer time, with a deep, dark hole downstream at the back bottoming out around 14ft. Getting to the wreck site is only part of the fun. There is a large parking lot across the highway from the river, however I would suggest that you park on the shoulder and unload there. Just before the road rounds the corner, and the wall starts on the train tracks is a large area to pull off on. It’s far safer unloading here. In fact, while I don’t know if it’s legal or not, we just simply parked there without problem. Playing dodge-car isn’t much fun with your arms full of expensive equipment. Even more fun will be had getting your equipment from the road to the river. The easiest way I’ve found so far to get your kit to the water, besides making your buddy carry it for you, is to assemble it by your car, put it on, and hike down the bank to the water’s edge. Securing a rope to hold onto is highly suggested here, not only for the trip down, but also for the trip back up the bank. Once you’re ready to get in, be absolutely certain you have your diver down flag, and a person on shore if at all possible. One of the first things you will notice in this area is that boaters have NO clue what a diver down flag means. Your surface support person will most likely have to wave off a boat or two. The easiest way to hit very closely, if not right on top of the wreck, is to enter the water next to the yellow painted railroad rail on your left, and the large tree on your right. With the tree directly behind you, take a bearing straight across the river, submerge, and head out approx. 20ft. This should run you into the boxcar. Most of the remaining freight car is full of river muck now, with lots of fishing hooks, and monofilament all over the area. You will definitely need a good sharp knife. Every now and then, you might find yourself face to mask with rather large pike. Search in the muck, on the side heading out to the river and you might come up with a bottle or two. The rest of the wreck is located upstream from the boxcar. Current is almost non-existent here in the summer when the water is lower, and you’ll be in a very slight back eddy. Take your time and look around. More bottles from the wreck have been found upstream in the 2002 summer season. If you decide on heading out towards the center of the river, be warned that it comes close to 50ft, it’s cold, dark, and murky. You will want a light with you, and watch out for the current. It can get very swift in the channel. From the reports of the others that dove with us the last time we were there, there’s not much to see out that far besides discarded tires, and trash.

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BeekeeperGreg - 10/29/2017 12:38 PM
Dove 10-28-17, Vis was 10-15’, bottom kicks up easy. Water temp around 53 F, the week before it was 64.
We enjoyed the dive. Be care crossing the road, cars coming from the North show up quickly. The bank from the RR tracks to the river is steep. We didn’t use a rope ( we had one) but should be considered. Carl found a Miller beer bottle, Matt tried to film but with three of use kicking up the bottom —-probably not good footage.
gemiller - 9/08/2014 6:24 AM
I went scuba diving here on 9/5/2014. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 66-70°F/19-21°C.
Visibility at the wreck itself was decent at 5-10’ but the wreck silted up with even a close approach to anything. Was neat to see the train cars and the progress of the rapid deterioration. We then proceed upriver and out into the basin and drifted back down where the visibility at deeper depths improved to 10-15. Current was nonexistent to slow at best as well. Clarity was better than expected. We’ll be back to drift dive under the 80 bridge to look for fish life.
Malmust - 8/17/2014 4:43 PM
Rating Added: 2
Its different lots of junk on the bottom.
LatitudeAdjustment - 7/24/2012 8:22 AM
More info with site map, page down:
LatitudeAdjustment - 6/20/2009 7:27 AM
Just to be clear, this is on the Pa. side of the river.
Malmust - 9/08/2014 3:06 PM
PA side