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Mysha BS: amtrak derailment (59* d) RE: BS: amtrak derailment 23 Dec 17


Looks like they never built the correct curve because it would have been very expensive. Instead, they had a track segment for 80mph, then 30mph on the next. Going down 50mph on a segment change?? Like driving on a free way straight into a residential area. When I travel by train in The Netherlands, I see the speed limits go down gradually. I don't think I've ever seen a wall like that.

The part I don't get is that the engineer only noticed something was wrong seconds before the bend. How do Amtrak train their engineers for their lines?

Amtrak? They schedule their cross-country trains so the tourist will see the interesting bits by daylight, and then run 12 hours late (or more) so the tourist doesn't actually get to see them. Yes, I do have the impression their system doesn't work so well.


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