posted on Jul, 6 2013 @ 02:27 PM
reply to post by aboutface
No. The stack fire is not an extremely unusual occurrence. It looks spectacular in the photo, but think of it more as the engine lighting a fart. I'ts
over in a second and it's not that energetic.
Unless I am mistaken about what is happening in the photo, it would be unrelated to the derailment. The only things that I can think of that would
allow a train to roll downhill, reach that speed and go that distance would be
A. A complete and total failure of the air brake computer which released both the train and engine air brakes and disabled the alerter
system.(Possible but I haven't seen this since the model was introduced 20 years ago.)
B. The train crew (conductor and engineer both) had reached the end of their legally mandated hours of service and stopped the train to wait for a
relief crew (we know this happened). While waiting they got off the train and walked around near the train. While they were gone someone else climbed
in the cab, started messing around with the controls and when the train started moving jumped off. ( Possible but only with a broken alerter
C. When they stopped, the conductor got down from the engine and started walking along the train. This is a common practice for conductors when trains
stop (they are looking for equipment problems.) While the conductor was gone, the engineer leaned back in the chair and went to sleep. This is legal
when stopped as long as one crew member stays awake. 'Someone' closes the valve connecting the air brake system between the engine and the cars (I
have had civilians do this to me several times. Just being butt heads). 'Somehow' the train brakes are released and the train starts moving. Since the
valve is closed the engineer cannot stop or slow the train. This scenario would require the failure of several other systems both mechanical and
electronic that are designed to prevent this specific occurrence.
D. A combination of parts of all the above.
In other words, the cause will be something stupid and easily preventable by some who is omniscient, but no one else will even have thought it could
edit on 7/6/2013 by Montana because: (no reason given)