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  1. ALC Rail Writer

    Amtrak Derailment Philadelphia (5/12/2015)

    You're right, he was sitting at a table in the cafe.
  2. ALC Rail Writer

    Amtrak Derailment Philadelphia (5/12/2015)

    No, amongst the survivors of the BC car was former congressman Patrick Murphy.
  3. ALC Rail Writer

    Amtrak Derailment Philadelphia (5/12/2015)

    Couldn't we wait and see what the NTSB has to say about this relatively new engine? Is it really implausible to consider there was a mechanical failure? I don't know this engineer, I can't speak for his character. I can say that a train is a complicated system with possibilities for failure that...
  4. ALC Rail Writer

    Amtrak Derailment Philadelphia (5/12/2015)

    There's no sense blaming the engineer for anything unless facts emerge that prove he had something to do with the speed. While possible (even probable) there are other explanations. I don't see why people would be upset that he has a lawyer. Legal counsel is a prudent measure whether he's...
  5. ALC Rail Writer

    Amtrak Derailment Philadelphia (5/12/2015)

    Very true, but I wonder if (as others have alluded) there is good to come out of this media blitz...Look at this thread and others like it; whenever an establishment political force mobilizes itself against something with grassroots support, the grassroots instinctively mobilize. At the end of...
  6. ALC Rail Writer

    Amtrak Derailment Philadelphia (5/12/2015)

    They have the crew debriefed, they have the on board data, they have the wreck site, and they have whatever live data Amtrak had at the time of the incident. We should have an answer relatively soon, as in relative to drawn-out plane mysteries.
  7. ALC Rail Writer

    Amtrak Derailment Philadelphia (5/12/2015)

    Amtrak does not go that fast through that area normally. Clearly last night something was abnormal. Logically, it could have been the speed.
  8. ALC Rail Writer

    Amtrak Derailment Philadelphia (5/12/2015)

    Yes, and if you re-read my post you will find I used it correctly. I said 100% causality not 100% fatality.
  9. ALC Rail Writer

    Amtrak Derailment Philadelphia (5/12/2015)

    Amtrak released this statement at 1:15 ET At 2:45 AM this statement was posted on the blog along with this addendum:
  10. ALC Rail Writer

    Amtrak Derailment Philadelphia (5/12/2015)

    So 106 or not, if they are going about 80 and don't reduce speed coming out of that straightaway, they flip.
  11. ALC Rail Writer

    Amtrak Derailment Philadelphia (5/12/2015)

    The curve is rated for 50, what is the speed limit prior to that one?
  12. ALC Rail Writer

    Amtrak Derailment Philadelphia (5/12/2015)

    If we're entertaining random speculation, the first thought in my head was something involving the new engines. There were probably multiple factors involved so it's important to avoid too much rampant speculation. That being said one really has to hope it's not the new engines.
  13. ALC Rail Writer

    Amtrak Derailment Philadelphia (5/12/2015)

    Mostly unconfirmed, but not 100%. A local news reporter claims Amtrak "source" confirmed that Amtrak knows how fast the train was going and that it was "very fast". https://twitter.com/AdamTuss/status/598336116786372609
  14. ALC Rail Writer

    Amtrak Derailment Philadelphia (5/12/2015)

    lol, and oldie but a goodie!
  15. ALC Rail Writer

    Amtrak Derailment Philadelphia (5/12/2015)

    Have they brought out any 3D simulations yet? You know those GPUs are grinding as we speak!
  16. ALC Rail Writer

    Amtrak Derailment Philadelphia (5/12/2015)

    Yes, but I'm curious as to if anything was in them. I've read unsubstantiated rumors that they were filled with unknown "chemicals", I'd appreciate if anybody had any better information...
  17. ALC Rail Writer

    Amtrak Derailment Philadelphia (5/12/2015)

    I'm curious as to what's in those tank cars, anybody have any word?
  18. ALC Rail Writer

    Amtrak Derailment Philadelphia (5/12/2015)

    Wikipedia already got that detail in: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankford_Junction_train_wreck#Similar_accidents
  19. ALC Rail Writer

    Amtrak Derailment Philadelphia (5/12/2015)

    Comparing past accidents that have been investigated by officials and ongoing accident scenes is like comparing apples to apple seeds. You can't draw any meaningful conclusions that way... I will say that bad as this looks (and no doubt will get as the night winds on) it could have been much...
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