This was a preventable accident right from the start of the trip. With everything that has came out since this morning about. It has started to become
crystal clear to me as to what the actual cause is. I mean the locomotive ending up fifty or so yards from the tracks and still being upright when it
came to rest. The fifty three ton Amfleet coach that looks like it had been through a shredder.
You can't tell me that excessive speed wasn't the cause.....
edit on 13-5-2015 by gimmefootball400 because: (no reason given)
I agree 100% there is no way that train in the video is only going 50 mph (the safe speed for that bend) they are guessing over 100 mph.
I think they have alot of questions to answer. There was supposed to be a program to slow the train ahead of time if it was not manually slowed.
The wreckage is horrific. That had to be soooo scary!
That program you are talking about is called Positive Train Control which is designed to prevent head-on collisions. The only way it can be used to
stop a train is if the engineer is incapacitated in any way, shape, or form. There are two major drawbacks to PTC. When it came to the design and
development of Positive Train Control. There was nothing in mind with the design and programming to prevent rear end type collisions between trains.
However, the one fail safe that should have prevented this was the alerter system that is used to keep an engineer awake and alert. I think that it's
every two or three minutes that it will sound and it must be acknowledged within that time frame so that the brakes don't go into a full emergency
I hope everyone is doing well. I am feeling much better. Sitting back on the couch with the laptop and cats. Ah what a tough life. I am not a big
TV fan but FOX has a new series starting tonight Wayward Pines that I am going to try to watch. We will see. I will try to finish my next story
originally posted by: Night Star
a reply to: Martin75
Yeah, it's pretty damned quiet in here. I felt so tired and weak all day. I was going to make an entry in the story, but not feeling up to it today.
Oh my God, that bug image is soooo cute! LOL Adorable!
Yeah, still feeling blah. I'm not sick or anything, I think sometimes all my meds just catch up to me and leave me feeling weak and tired. Plus
Tuesday I went out for hours with my friend, Wednesday I went out grocery shopping and today I helped Mom with her laundry even though I didn't have
the energy for it. I don't know. Tomorrow having lunch with Mom and my Sister and at night I'll be seeing my other best friend who I rarely get to see
because she doesn't live close by. We will be seeing a couple of childhood friends we haven't seen in many, many years. One is coming here from
Florida. Going out for supper together. Should be wonderful!
edit on 14-5-2015 by Night Star because: (no reason given)
Another work week down! Woohoo! I'm at work today but not getting much done. I am helping raise money for a charity and we are having a big bake
sale this morning. I have worked the table twice and I think I have spent as much money eating as I have made! Oh well, it is all fresh and
homemade; and its for a good cause so the calories don't count!
I have a busy busy weekend planned. Tonight our Nephew is playing his last baseball game as a high school student. It is so hard to believe that he
is getting ready to graduate from high school, where did the years go?! Tonight is the game for the championship. I REALLY hope they win! Their
school just got it's first championship in any sport this year, they won the soccer championship for the state so I would love to see them win in
baseball also. Of course the game is held at a neutral location (so both teams have to travel over an hour to get there ) With it not starting
until 7 we will probably be there all night!
Saturday we have friends coming over to the house to play some pool and just hang out. And then Sunday we are going to church with one mom and then
going to dinner with the other.
Hope your bake sale for the charity goes well Martin! Hope your nephew wins his game and...Congratulations to him on graduating high school! Yes, time
does fly! Most of my Nephew and Niece's all have kids of their own now.
It's been a busy week for me and it's not slowing down until Sunday. I have to be up at 8:00 in the morning to go to Brownsville, PA for a gas
engine, car, and tractor show that they are having just outside of town. After that is over with, hope to make the thrity minute jump over to
Connellsville, PA along the old Baltimore & Ohio and get some railfanning in while myself and two friends of mine are up there before we come home if
Started off this week getting off work early on Monday. Called another friend of mine after learning that a particular train was coming out of
Portsmouth, Ohio heading our way. After meeting at my house and figuring out what we were going to do on the way down. We finally caught up to our
original target just outside of Kenova, WV even after we stopped to get an empty grain train coming the opposite way on the same line. Norfolk
Southern train #956, the ferry move of former Norfolk & Western Y6A steam locomotive #2156 as it was in transit to Roanoke, Virginia from Saint Louis,
Once we were done with that after seeing it at Fort Gay, WV for the last time. We were getting hungry and decided to head back up US 23 towards
Ashland, Kentucky to get a bite to eat. After getting a bite to eat with dessert being a milkshake from Rally's at Westwood, Kentucky. We decided to
call it a night, or so we thought we were........ After hearing some train call out eastbound at the Amtrak station in Ashland. Off to Huntington we
went in hopes of catching this eastbound that we thought was going to beat us up there. However, that turned out not to be the case as we beat it with
about fifteen minutes to get set up for it in Huntington.
Got an email from a friend of mine saying that he was going to be running a trailer train back west out of Clifton Forge, Virginia on Wednesday. After
being pulled from the grain train he was originally called out for. He got switched over to bring the trailers back towards Russell, Kentucky so that
a Columbus crew could take it on west. Here I was thinking that he wasn't going to be here until after the sunset around 9 or so. I figured, "Oh
what the hell, I'll go out for it anyway." Boy was I wrong in that sense. After leaving Clifton Forge at around about two something in the
afternoon. It took a little over six hours for him to get from Clifton Forge and, two hundred miles later, by me.
This content community relies on user-generated content from our member contributors. The opinions of our members are not those of site ownership who maintains strict editorial agnosticism and simply provides a collaborative venue for free expression.