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  1. TrackWalker

    Derailment of Cascades #501, DuPont WA, 2017-12-18

    I noticed it too, in one of the many photographs of the derailment. Orange paint typically marks the POD (Point of Derailment) where a train left the rail. Past the POD the track is lined inward for a short distance. (straight railed look, churned ballast on the low side) Most likely where the...
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    Derailment of Cascades #501, DuPont WA, 2017-12-18

    By an odd coincidence I read last night on the Smithsonian website about those who "just missed" being on the Titanic. " 'JUST MISSED IT’ CLUB FORMED WITH 6,904 MEMBERS" "By the time Ohio’s Lima Daily News weighed in, on April 26, the club seems to have grown considerably. “Up to the present...
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    Derailment of Cascades #501, DuPont WA, 2017-12-18

    Talgo promotional speeds are more likely higher than allowable FRA track standard speeds for curves and BNSF track engineering standards (which I presume is what Sound Transit built to) which is even slower than FRA
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    WA State Ultra High Speed Transportation Study

    http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/publications/fulltext/LegReports//17-19/UltraHighSpeedGroundTransportation.pdf
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    Derailment of Cascades #501, DuPont WA, 2017-12-18

    Back in February of 1980 two BN rear locomotives broke loose from a train in the Cascade tunnel and became runaways westbound. They were determined to be traveling over 100 MPH between switches at Scenic. Just past west Scenic they as entered a 10 degree left hand curve they hurled off the...
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    Derailment of Cascades #501, DuPont WA, 2017-12-18

    I recall after the derailment first happened reading that some local government official on the train tweeted that he thought they may have hit a truck....
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    Derailment of Cascades #501, DuPont WA, 2017-12-18

    Optical illusion. It not only is going across the freeway, it is going under the bridge to a degree. Overhead views show it the same size as the others.
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    Derailment of Cascades #501, DuPont WA, 2017-12-18

    http://komonews.com/news/local/derailed-train-falls-off-bridge-onto-i-5-lanes-south-of-tacoma
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    Derailment of Cascades #501, DuPont WA, 2017-12-18

    https://twitter.com/AlexRozierK5 I cannot state for certain but this may be a 30MPH curve.
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    Derailment of Cascades #501, DuPont WA, 2017-12-18

    www.amtrak.com Amtrak Cascades services impacted 9:30 a.m. PT Individuals with questions about their friends and family on this train should call (800) 523-9101.
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    Derailment of Cascades #501, DuPont WA, 2017-12-18

    https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Rail/PNWRC_PtDefiance/TrackTesting.htm Testing and Certification – The second phase of testing begins in February 2017. Amtrak trains will test the tracks and signals at speeds up to 79 mph between sunrise and sunset on weekends and during non-commuter hours on...
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    Speeding Right Now!

    Personally, I was shaken, not stirred.
  13. TrackWalker

    Cascades Train Derailment - 07/02/17

    Excellent write up in this blog concerning the Talgo degrailment. http://www.oil-electric.com/ Wednesday, July 12, 2017
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    Ways to entertain an adult man.

    LCR dice and a roll of quarters always seems to gather a small crowd.
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