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Another Amtrak train accident, this time a collision



Associated Press was reporting 2 dead, 110 or more injured.

The passenger train, subsidized by the U.S. government, crashed into a freight train on the same track (which was not the main track, which Amtrak was supposed to be using). Amtrak says the freight train company was responsible for the switches, and that a switch in the wrong position diverted their train onto the occupied track.:(
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[*] Post 511373 posted on 5-2-2018 at 05:01 Reply With Quote


More human error.

We have the tech to build cars that are almost to the point of being autonomous, but we can't seem to get tech to RRs which have NO OPTION but to travel on 'predetermined location' track and have them stay out of each other's way.

The embedded pix for non-RR buffs show a very common track layout (been in existence forever); keeping trains coming in opposite directions from colliding has to be letter perfect re command and control & stop/go signals. AND it works (for the most part). Ditto re derailments occurring at these locations-doesn't seem possible that they wouldn't, but they don't.

By the way, there ain't no humans at these crossings using their eyeballs to correct "errors" [in the old days there were many that had manned towers at the sites-gone the way of the dinosaur--manually operated levers inside some that controlled switches to change tracks--some had only one operator--the 3rd shift must have been just a wonderful work experience]

I'm not in a position to accurately report on train speed coming into these types of crossings.

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[*] Post 511376 posted on 5-2-2018 at 08:24 Reply With Quote


As a job the train driver could be one of the most critical for safety, and boring at the same time. SBS actually showed a special on the Ghan railway recently. basically they showed it all day and followed the train on its trip from Adelaide to Darwin, a trip of some 3000Km. Every now and then they'd show what was happening in the driver's cabin. Basically, all he had to do was sit there and sound the horn at appropriate intervals.

With the advent of GPS tracking and Automation, you'd think that rail travel would have to be as safe as flying. Given the fact that the route is "predicatable" the only real variable is animals and idiots driving vehicles into the path of said train.
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