- Jul 23, 2009
- Washington State
But wasn't the Hinton wreck head-on? I can't recall an Amtrak or VIA accident where a buffer car on the rear would have made a difference.
Buffer cars were required both on the both head end and rear end of what VIA calls "HEP" (Budd) consists by both VIA policies and Transport Canada orders. The baggage cars serve as the forward buffer cars. That's the reason for the notice of "...temporary operational adjustments" that pets cannot be handled in baggage cars was because there can be no passenger access to baggage cars. There is no OBS access to the baggage cars, either, since they serve as buffer cars. No occupancy allowed at all for anyone. I expect that restriction to be lifted shortly with the removal of the buffer car requirements and baggage cars resume having only a single role as baggage cars again.