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Originally posted by howmuchisthedoggy
Here in Japan, the rail system goes through regular maintenance. A special train car travels the length of the line while each rail is checked for width, etc.
Living in a geo-active country, the ground moves a lot. So the rails need to be checked to see have they moved or not. If they don't, the trains could easily de-rail.
So, living in countries that are not as geo-active, one wouldn't check the rails that much, right? So if the ground moved you wouldn't notice until a train de-railed. Add to that the amount of water mains, gas mains, etc. which have been ruptured, it only adds up to one thing.
Areas that were previously geo-stable have become more active. The ground is moving more than it has in the past, and the powers that be wish to keep it covered up. We can only speculate why.
Originally posted by Dronetek
Maybe I'm off base here, but I'm pretty sure our rail systems dwarfs Japan's.
Our country is also very "geo-active", if that is a word.
I'd like to know what the normal rate of train derailments is every year.