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Amtrak Cascades Accident
#1
Terrible accident in the US today with an Amtrak Cascades set coming off the rails on a bridge. These are Spanish-built Talgo sets, which have a single, shared axle between coaches and a very low CoG.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">LATEST: <a href="https://t.co/rs92i38VUt">https://t.co/rs92i38VUt</a><br><br>• Amtrak train derailment near Tacoma, Washington<br>• &quot;Multiple injuries and fatalities&quot; reported, per sheriff<br>• Several vehicles on I-5 struck by derailed train cars, injuring multiple motorists <a href="https://t.co/kHIuQj7uqJ">pic.twitter.com/kHIuQj7uqJ</a></p>&mdash; NBC News (@NBCNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/942804044694851584?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 18, 2017</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">New photos of Amtrak train derailment in Washington State. <br><br>Photos via: Pierce County Sheriff <a href="https://t.co/hV5bFdg85e">pic.twitter.com/hV5bFdg85e</a></p>&mdash; The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReaganBattalion/status/942804782879830018?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 18, 2017</a></blockquote>
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#2
Site of the accident:

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near I-5, DuPont, WA 98327, USA
https://goo.gl/maps/2j8XftYty1m

Wiki article: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_Was...derailment
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#3
Sad, seemed like it was on new track too.

This website in the news article that sourced the speed information is pretty neat: transitdocs.com
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#4
It's the Paris-Strasbourg LGV crash or Spanish Talgo accident all over again - the train was doing 81 mph in a 30 mph curve. Sad
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#5
How did this manage to happen first day? Would the drivers not have rigorously analyzed this new route to know its limitations, and been sure to apply that on a day that the media would be closely watching? It's so unexpected.
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(12-18-2017, 08:00 PM)curiouschair Wrote: Sad, seemed like it was on new track too.

This website in the news article that sourced the speed information is pretty neat: transitdocs.com

It's interesting that the website includes VIA trains but not GO trains.  I wonder why?

The Canadian is not doing well: Train 1 is 10 hours late; Train 2 is 8 hours late.
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(12-22-2017, 03:54 PM)nms Wrote:
(12-18-2017, 08:00 PM)curiouschair Wrote: Sad, seemed like it was on new track too.

This website in the news article that sourced the speed information is pretty neat: transitdocs.com

It's interesting that the website includes VIA trains but not GO trains.  I wonder why?

The Canadian is not doing well: Train 1 is 10 hours late; Train 2 is 8 hours late.

That's fairly standard for the Canadian. You're not really taking it if you're in a rush to arrive at your destination, in most cases. I do highly recommend it though.
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#8
Yeah, ours was about that late most of the journey. If it is more than 4 hours late into Vancouver, you get a refund or something - ours sped up in the last few hours and we were “only” 3 hours and 50-something minutes late.

At one point we woke up in the middle of the night and were going backwards. Apparently a blockage on the track meant we had to reverse for several hours.

A fascinating experience - definitely recommend getting a cabin. The whole back of the train is yours and it’s actually really luxurious. Food is excellent.
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