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  • What Amtrak Keeps Telling Us

    02/07/2018 7:02:39 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 25 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 6, 2018 | Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
    The only good news for Amtrak is that none of its passengers died in the latest two crashes. Last Wednesday’s, with a train full of GOP congressmen, killed a passenger in a garbage truck. Sunday’s, in which an Amtrak train collided with a CSX freight, killed two Amtrak employees. At least these weren’t inexplicable cases of an Amtrak engineer driving off a curve at three times the posted speed limit, the type of accident that killed eight in Philadelphia in 2015 and three in Seattle in December. Amtrak has problems to work through, but rail collisions are actually pretty routine...
  • All Charges Reinstated Against Engineer in Fatal 2015 Amtrak Derailment in Philly

    02/06/2018 1:52:33 PM PST · by Publius · 16 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 6 February 2018 | Chris Palmer
    In a decision certain to reignite debate over one of the most consequential events in recent city history, a Philadelphia judge on Tuesday reinstated all criminal charges against the engineer in the fatal 2015 Amtrak derailment. The decision by Common Pleas Court Judge Kathryn Streeter Lewis once again clears the way for the case against Brandon Bostian to be put before a jury. Bostian’s prosecution has for years taken unusual twists and turns through the criminal justice system, even as millions of dollars have been awarded to victims who filed civil suits against Amtrak. Bostian, 34, sat quietly next to...
  • Amtrak train BREAKS APART as it was traveling 125mph on its way to New York from DC as...

    02/06/2018 1:46:58 PM PST · by Morgana · 34 replies
    DAILY MAIL UK ^ | Feb 6, 2018 | Ariel Zilber For and Associated Press
    FULL TITLE: Amtrak train BREAKS APART as it was traveling 125mph on its way to New York from DC as national railway reels from three serious accidents in last two months Amtrak continues to have problems with its trains. A high-speed Amtrak traveling to New York broke into two pieces in Maryland as it reached speeds of up to 125mph on Tuesday. The malfunction happened at about 11:20am on the 2150 Acela express train from Washington, DC to New York’s Penn Station. 'Earlier this morning, at approximately 6:40 am, Acela Express train 2150 traveling from Washington, DC, to Boston, experienced...
  • Amtrak train breaks apart at 125 mph [MD]

    02/06/2018 10:52:56 AM PST · by Red Badger · 101 replies ^ | 02/06/2018 | By Danielle Furfaro
    <p>A high-speed Amtrak train bound for Penn Station broke apart as it was cruising through Maryland on Tuesday, sources told The Post. Modal Trigger A high-speed Amtrak train bound for Penn Station broke apart as it was moving at top speed through Maryland.</p>
  • No way to run a railroad: Three fatal AMTRAK crashes in 49 days

    02/04/2018 8:14:01 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4 FEB 2018 | Thomas Lifson
    It would appear that something is seriously wrong with the way passenger rail is operating in the United States under the federal corporation AMTRAK. This crash is the third fatal AMTRAK crash since the AMTRAK Cascades train derailed in Washington State at the cost of 3 lives and 62 passenger injuries only 49 days ago. ...I did a quick and dirty calculation of the ratio of crashes to total passengers carried. AMTRAK carried 31.3 million passengers in 2016, while Japan’s railways carried 7.589 billion in 2014, the closest date I could find quickly, or 242 times more passengers. If Japan’s...
  • Amtrak, CSX train collision in South Carolina leaves 2 dead, over 100 injured, officials say

    02/04/2018 8:45:16 AM PST · by libstripper · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feb. 4, 2018 | Travis Fedschun, Bradford Betz
    Two Amtrak personnel were killed and over 100 others were injured when an Amtrak passenger train collided with a parked CSX freight train early Sunday just outside the capital of South Carolina, officials said.
  • Amtrak passenger train collides with freight train in SC, injuries reported

    02/04/2018 2:37:21 AM PST · by LiveFreeOrDie2001 · 100 replies
    ABC ^ | 2/4/2018 | ABC
    An Amtrak passenger train collided with a freight train in South Carolina early Sunday morning, causing injuries, the national passenger railroad service said. Amtrak said in a statement, "Amtrak Train 91, operating between New York and Miami, came in contact with a CSX freight train at around 2:35 am in Cayce, South Carolina." The statement continued, "The lead engine derailed, as well as some passenger cars. There were 8 crew members and approximately 139 passengers, with injuries reported. Local authorities are on the scene responding. More information will be provided as available."
  • UPDATE: White House confirms one fatality, says no lawmakers seriously hurt in train crash

    01/31/2018 10:03:28 AM PST · by Morgana · 122 replies
    WSAZ ^ | Jan 31, 2018 | WSAZ
    The White House is confirming one fatality and one serious injury after a chartered train carrying Republican lawmakers to a retreat in West Virginia hit a garbage truck. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says there are no serious injuries among members of Congress or congressional staff. Sanders says President Donald Trump has been fully briefed on the matter and is receiving regular updates. The train carrying the lawmakers hit a garbage truck south of Charlottesville, Virginia. Lawmakers are heading to their annual legislative retreat at the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
  • Q drop #368: Amtrak Seattle Train Crash 12/18/2017 was Deep State Retaliation

    01/31/2018 10:42:26 AM PST · by ransomnote · 85 replies ^ | 12/18/2018 | Q Anon
    #368 ------Q researcher asks question-- Dec 18 2017 20:51:20 Seconding this. The context of that train crash seems relevant. High value target aboard? ------Q response below------------ Dec 18 2017 20:53:53 We would not 'intentionally' harm a person in the pursuit of a TARGET. This was retaliatory re: ATL.
  • Missouri man who carried out Amtrak attack faces terrorism charges, FBI say

    01/06/2018 7:26:53 AM PST · by Joe Dallas · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/5/18 | Kathleen Joyce
    A Missouri man whose bizarre antics on an Amtrak train in October landed him in jail now faces terrorism charges. Taylor Michael Wilson, 26, of St. Charles, Miss., allegedly forced his way into the train engineer’s cab while in southwest Nebraska and pulled the emergency brakes. He then made odd statements like, “I’m the conductor b----“ and “what are you going to do, shoot me?” NBC News reported. The FBI believes Wilson is a white supremacist who is a member of a neo-Nazi group, authorities said. Wilson, 26, was charged in December with “terrorism attacks and other violence against railroad...
  • FBI Ties 'Alt-Right' to Amtrak Terror Attack

    01/05/2018 4:57:17 AM PST · by Manly Warrior · 35 replies
    MSN.con ^ | 5 January 2018 | Michael Edison Hayden
    Excerpt: "A 26-year-old white man who attempted to commit a terror attack on an Amtrak train in rural Nebraska also attended the doomed “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last August on the white supremacist side, according to a court document. St. Charles, Missouri resident Taylor Michael Wilson has been charged with an attempt to commit terror by targeting an Amtrak train in southwest Nebraska in October 2017. FBI Special Agent Monte Czaplewski, writing in an affidavit attached to the criminal complaint, suggested that Wilson wanted to murder black people. The document suggests that he had weapons, as well...
  • Straightening of curve at Amtrak derailment site in Dupont had not been state priority

    01/03/2018 9:20:33 PM PST · by massmike · 42 replies ^ | 01/04/18 | Mike Lindblom
    The curve where Amtrak Cascades 501 derailed Dec. 18, killing three people, was identified years ago as an obstacle to Washington state’s dream of creating high-speed rail. The corridor between Lakewood and Nisqually “includes unsuitable sharp curvature,” said the state’s long-range plan, written in 2006. “A new connection, largely on structure because of differences in elevation, with a speed limit of one hundred mph will be required.” Even with $800 million in Obama administration stimulus money, Washington state didn’t rebuild it. The state’s stimulus contracts, released through a public-records request, show the state made no promises to change the curve,...
  • Trump Tells New York, New Jersey to Pay for Their Own Damn Rail Project

    It's rare for a president to pull funding from a sweetheart transportation project. But on the final Friday of 2017, the Trump administration announced that it was backing away from an Obama-era plan to lavish billions in federal aid on the Hudson Tunnel project. Billed as "the nation's most urgent major infrastructure project" by its proponents, the venture envisions a new rail tunnel beneath the Hudson River along with repairs to an existing rail tunnel damaged by Hurricane Sandy. All of this would mostly serve to increase rail transit service within the New York City metro area. Given the huge...
  • Trump administration shuts down $13 billion Obama-era Amtrak plan

    01/01/2018 2:23:50 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 31, 2017 | Kelly Cohen
    The Trump administration has shut down a $13 billion federal spending plan to rebuild an Amtrak project between New York and New Jersey. According to a letter obtained by Crain’s New York Business, the administration called the deal proposed by former President Barack Obama — which would have been half paid for by the federal government — “non-existent.” “Your letter also references a non-existent '50/50' agreement between [the Department of Transportation], New York, and New Jersey. There is no such agreement," wrote Federal Transit Administration deputy administrator K. Jane Williams in a Friday letter. “We consider it unhelpful to reference...
  • The more we learn about Amtrak derailment the stranger it gets

    12/31/2017 8:58:50 AM PST · by oh8eleven · 141 replies
    The Hill ^ | 31 December 2017 | Russell G. Quimby
    The National Transportation Safety Board investigating the accident, which killed three people and injured more than 50 others, is still trying to determine the probable cause and prevent such accidents in the future. It appears that there were two people in the lead locomotive control cab of the train who were both injured and hospitalized: an instructor engineer, and another engineer who was learning the territory and qualifying to operate the train along the route.
  • Schumer Continues to Block Pick to Lead Top Railroad Regulation Agency

    12/24/2017 10:02:27 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 13 replies
    Top Senate Dem blocks vote on FRA nominee days after fatal train derailment Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) ended the Senate's legislative year blocking the Trump administration's pick to head the Federal Railroad Administration due to his demand that the federal government provide billions of dollars in funding for a major tunnel project between New York and New Jersey. Ronald Batory, a widely respected former railroad executive with over four decades of experience in the industry, was approved unanimously for the FRA post by members of the Senate Commerce Committee in early August, but Schumer has blocked efforts...
  • Deadly Amtrak crash and sharp tax cuts suggest Americans’ lack of respect for common good

    12/22/2017 9:41:36 AM PST · by MAGA2017 · 68 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 12/20/2017 | Jerry Large
    Machines and structures fail sometimes, but the human factor is at the heart of dangers we face time after time, from global warming to traffic collisions. People make mistakes. The human factor likely played a role in Monday’s fatal Amtrak train derailment near Olympia. There will be a long investigation, but early indications are that the rails and the train functioned as they are supposed to, which leaves questions about the people at the controls. When something goes wrong, the fault can be with the people who operate equipment, the people who design systems, the people who decide how much...
  • NTSB: Amtrak train was going 78 mph at impact; crew not using electronic devices

    12/22/2017 8:57:32 AM PST · by outpostinmass2 · 67 replies
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- An initial review of the data recorders and cameras on board the Amtrak train that derailed in DuPont on Monday suggests the train was going 78 mph in the moments before impact -- nearly 50 miles over the speed limit at that location -- and that the crew realized the speed was too high moments before, the NTSB announced Friday. Among the preliminary review, investigators concluded that the crew was not observed to be using any electronic devices before the crash, and that six seconds before impact, the engineer made a comment about going too fast. Investigators...
  • Pictured: Registered sex offender and former college staff member who was the third victim of the...

    12/21/2017 1:23:26 AM PST · by Morgana · 28 replies
    DAILY MAIL UK ^ | Dec. 20, 2017 | Hannah Parry For
    FULL TITLE: Pictured: Registered sex offender and former college staff member who was the third victim of the deadly Amtrak crash The third person killed in the deadly Amtrak crash has been identified as a convicted sex offender found in possession of child porn while working in IT at a college. Benjamin Gran, 40, of Auburn, Washington, died of multiple traumatic injuries on Monday when the Amtrak Cascades train 501 plummeted off the rails at 80mph, along a curve south of Seattle, killing three and injuring dozens. Authorities have revealed that Gran, who was autistic and a huge train enthusiast,...
  • Amtrak derailment: Conductor was in cab with engineer before deadly Washington train crash

    12/20/2017 6:17:31 AM PST · by Presbyterian Reporter · 59 replies
    NBC News ^ | 12/20/2017 | Phil Helsel
    A conductor was in the cab with the train engineer before a deadly derailment in Washington state, a federal transportation board member said Tuesday, adding that the train’s brakes were eventually engaged automatically, not by the engineer. "Absolutely distraction is one of our most-wanted-list priorities at NTSB," National Transportation Safety Board member Bella Dinh-Zarr said at a news conference Tuesday, although she added that the federal board has not determined a cause of the deadly accident outside Tacoma. Three people were killed when the Amtrak train headed from Seattle to Portland, Oregon, careened off a bridge at around 7:33 a.m....