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posted on 27-9-2006 @ 02:08 PM From a previous posting:
"If the US is attacked again, on a par with the scale of 9/11, I'd expect a train-borne chemical attack on one or more major cities.
Given the hazardous, even deadly, materials transported through the heart of some of our largest cities by train, given the predictability of those shipments and their accessabilty to tampering, I'm amazed nothing has happened yet.
As with the hijackers of 9/11, learning to run a train is made simple by the commercial availibilty of detailed computer simulation games. And there are no Air Marshalls aboard freight trains!
Model train enthusiasts across the country have faithfully recreated routes and terrain, to scale, of virtually every mile of track laid across the Nation; perfect for determining assault points. Take your digital camera to the next model train show and plot your strategies. Remember, it's all to scale!
Butane, Propane, Chlorine, Flourene, Anhydrous Ammonia, liquid oxygen, Nitric, Sulfuric and Hydrochloric Acids all there on the hoof, clearly labeled on the very cars themselves, if you can read the codes (just study up on haz-mat procedures).
Heck, you don't even need to be suicidal, Allah be Praised! Just slap an explosive package on the appropriate tank car and let a cheap GPS device trigger the detonation. Who's going to check every square inch of a two mile long freight train?"
Update: I've spoken with an ardent train enthusiast to confirm the basic points in my "Next Attack" scenario above. As it turns out, such an attack would be even easier to accomplish than I had first supposed. One concern I had was, in light of the risk posed by these rolling bombs, that some sort of "on-board" video surveillence system may have been incorporated.
My fears were unfounded. It appears that the only monitoring system a rolling train utilizes is an "End-of-Train-Device"; it's only function is to alert the train's engineer to problems with the train's wheels, brakes and couplers.
Imagine the economic "mass destruction" shutting down the nation's freight railways, it's primary means transporting its consumer goods, food, produce and raw manufacturing materials, would cause!
Originally posted by Bhadhidar
If I were a terrorist, intent on inflicting the most pain, suffering, death, and destruction possible by attacking the US rail system, I wouldn't even bother with an assult on an AMTrak train.
As I posted several years ago, the most effective method is often, also one of the simplest:
Now unless the government (perhaps with the assistance of Millions! of ardent railfans) intends to patrol virtually every mile of the nation's freight rail system, I'm afraid such a devasting attack as outlined above, is virtually inevitable.
Assuming, of course, that there do indeed exist "terrorists" willing to carry out such an attack.
Originally posted by R3N3G4D3
Great thread OP. Killling a few hundred on a train wouldn't bring the need to implement TSA scanners at train stations (Madrid bombings case and point).
There are some sick, sick, SICK people. Mentally SICK... People are sick when they do something like that...Those are some sick people, sick in the head.