Canadian to have "Buffer Cars"

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GDRRiley

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If they put a flatcar at the end of the train after the observation car, would that (1) preserve at least some of the views from the rear of the observation car, and (2) be a suitable buffer car?
a flatbed isn't going to fix the issue, they could maybe use a loaded gondola as a buffer at the end of the train
 

Trogdor

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A buffer car at the end is a bit of a overreaction. I get the one up front. Your more than likely to hit something with the engine, then get ram from the rear. Yes it does happen, but the locomotives hitting a vehicle is a much more likely event.

I wouldn’t think a buffer car would be needed for road collisions, given that it would be the lead locomotive that would take the brunt of the damage. Instead, a rear-ender collision would (in theory) be equally likely if it were the VIA train doing the hitting or doing the being hit.
 

zephyr17

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It's for train on train collisions, like the Edson wreck back in the 80s.

My opinion is it is an example of vast bureaucratic overreaction to a truly minimal threat.
 
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