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NFT: Amtrak is a disaster: DC to Boston Acela disconnects 2 cars

Ten Ton Hammer : 2/6/2018 3:18 pm
An Acela from DC to Boston was disconnected from two of it's own cars in transit. No injuries

https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Amtrak-No-One-Injured-After-Cars-Separate-From-Acela-Train-472981443.html

On Sunday, an Amtrak from NY to Miami crashed into a freight train, 2 dead.

Last Wednesday, a chartered Amtrak hit a garbage truck, killing 1

December, a passenger train in Washington state derails going 50 over it's speed limit, 3 dead.

What the hell is going on over there?
Definitely a little scary  
mfsd : 2/6/2018 3:20 pm : link
I ride Amtrak between Philly-NYC often, and have taken several longer trips too. Usually a very comfortable way to travel, but WTF is going on lately
Wasn't there  
SFGFNCGiantsFan : 2/6/2018 3:21 pm : link
also a train crash in VA carrying congressional Republicans to some retreat? I don't know if was Amtrak or not, but the trails are literally off the rails of late.
RE: Wasn't there  
DennyInDenville : 2/6/2018 3:22 pm : link
In comment 13823967 SFGFNCGiantsFan said:
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also a train crash in VA carrying congressional Republicans to some retreat? I don't know if was Amtrak or not, but the trails are literally off the rails of late.

Yeah that was Amtrak also I believe

Stay safe everyone.
RE: Wasn't there  
Ten Ton Hammer : 2/6/2018 3:26 pm : link
In comment 13823967 SFGFNCGiantsFan said:
Quote:
also a train crash in VA carrying congressional Republicans to some retreat? I don't know if was Amtrak or not, but the trails are literally off the rails of late.


That was the Wednesday incident, yeah. Hit a garbage truck.
Maybe everything is Amtrak's fault  
BlackLight : 2/6/2018 3:28 pm : link
But I wouldn't immediately assume that just because their name is attached.

How long it takes for a passenger train to stop depends on how fast it was going, and how many cars it has. I just Googled - an eight-car passenger train moving at 80 miles an hour takes a full mile to stop once you apply the emergency brake.
Very, very sad  
NoPeanutz : 2/6/2018 3:43 pm : link
Until this country invests seriously in infrastructure, it will only get worse.
RE: Very, very sad  
SomeFan : 2/7/2018 1:48 pm : link
In comment 13824002 NoPeanutz said:
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Until this country invests seriously in infrastructure, it will only get worse.


Let's hope that happens and the sociopath politicians don't fuck it up.
the Crozet crash wasn't Amtrak's fault  
Greg from LI : 2/7/2018 1:56 pm : link
The garbage truck was on the tracks.
Off topic  
Bill L : 2/7/2018 1:59 pm : link
I find Amtrak to be overpriced. What a difference driving from Albany to Poughkeepsie and MTA versus riding from Renssalaer.
RE: the Crozet crash wasn't Amtrak's fault  
Jim in Fairfax : 2/7/2018 2:09 pm : link
In comment 13825424 Greg from LI said:
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The garbage truck was on the tracks.

This,

There have been two recent Amtrak crashes with vehicles. In both cases, the vehicles tried to drive around closed crossing gates. Unsuccessfully I might add.
Every state should follow New Jersey on one thing  
DennyInDenville : 2/7/2018 2:26 pm : link
And that's equipping EVERY railroad crossing with all types of lights and stuff

I'm not sure when exactly NJ did this but def the last 10 years or so and it feels safer approaching more rural train tracks without slowing down as much due to the trust in these new signals
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