Spain Experiences its Worst Train Accident in 40 Years

An increase in train derailments was one of the first symptoms of the approach of Planet X to become noticeable, being expressed even before Planet X entered the inner solar system in 2003.

Planet X was described as affecting the Earth from afar, like tugging on the edge of a spider web where the effects are felt elsewhere on the web; in this way there has been an increase in earthquakes and unpredictable weather going back years, even before Planet X entered the solar system, due to the increased swirling of the Earth’s core.

It is therefore logical that an increase in train derailments would accompany any increase in seismic activity – train tracks need to be straight and even the slightest shift to the side of a section of track would cause a train to derail.

The area most affected by train derailments is the stretch zone.  Stretch zone quakes are silent, and people are generally unaware anything is happening, although signs such as booms and trumpet sounds can occur.

This zone stretches from Western Europe across the Eurasian Plate, and also includes the South-East United States, the St. Lawrence Seaway, the Red Sea and the African Rift.

In other parts of the world, shifting ground is more associated with earthquakes that people are aware of, such as the Pacific which is compressing, so authorities inspect railway tracks after any seismic activity, reducing the likelihood of accidents.



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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 12, 2011 at 7:14pm

Commuter train derails in Manhattan; no injuries

NEW YORK — Metro-North Railroad says a six-car commuter train carrying hundreds of passengers derailed in Manhattan shortly after leaving Grand Central Station, causing wide-spread delays during the evening rush hour. No injuries were reported.

A railroad spokesman says Monday's 6 p.m. train on the Hudson Line due to arrive in Croton-Harmon at 6:53 p.m. had just left the station when one wheel on the second car went off the track. He says passengers were being transferred to another train.

Five to 10 minute delays were being reported. No word on the cause of the derailment.

—Copyright 2011 Associated Press

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 11, 2011 at 8:00pm

Wakefield, Quebec steam train off rails for good?

by admin on July 6, 2011

The late June storm took out several portions of the rail bed, like this spot in Chelsea, Quebec's Gleneagle

There are rumours floating around that the Wakefield, Quebec steam train may not roll again this year–or ever, but the owner of the locomotive is remaining tight lipped about its future until he and the owners of the track, the Compagnie de chemin de fer de l’Outaouais (CCFO) know how much damage the rails took in the wicked weekend storm at the end of June.

“As far as we know, we have to get an evaluation to see how much damage there is,” said Andre Groulx, owner of the H.C.W. Steam Train when asked if it could be off the rails for good.

“I think we will have to wait and see. It all depends on the cost of repairing the track, which we don’t own.”

The June 24-25 storm that saw torrential rain pummel the Hills for nearly 24 hours, took out several sections of the railway’s foundation in Chelsea and Gatineau and owners really have no idea how much other damage was caused along the rail bed. Groulx said he has been told that engineers should have a clear sense of the extent in the next few days, but even he thinks it will take longer.

When asked if he would sell the train if a serious buyer came along, he said, “buy a train to go where?” suggesting that track repairs may prove too costly for the 18-year family business to continue.

The loss of the train for the year could be a thorn for some small business in the village and Groulx understands how its absence could affect the local economy.

“The sad thing about this is that it has a consequence for the whole village, the hotels, the restaurants,” he said.

“It’s a real bummer for everybody.”

CCFO President Louise Boudrias is optimistic about the tourist train’s future in the Gatineau Hills and hopes it could be back on the track in August, but she also needs to know how damaged the route is.

“It’s really too early to be able to say,” she told the Low Down.

“We are still hoping for August.”

Until an assessment is done on the tracks, the train’s future is up in the air.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 11, 2011 at 4:52pm

An interesting article which shows me someone is connecting the dots.  Sadly we can add 2 more to the tally.

Chronology of train accidents in the year 2011 in the country.

Also see picture gallery related to this news:

January 1st, 2011:- Amritsar-Sealdah Akaltakth Express rammed into two trucks in Uttar Pradesh's Jaunpur district when its driver failed to notice the red signal at a level crossing at Babura railway crossing, killing a man (a truck driver) and leaving two people (another truck driver and a helper) injured. No passengers were injured in the collision.

January 3rd, 2011:- Four wagons of a goods train got derailed in the Dadri area of Ghaziabad district of Uttar Pradesh. The goods train was going towards Aligarh from Delhi when the mishap occurred. No one was injured in the accident but the running of trains on the busy section was disrupted. Train traffic on the Ghaziabad-Aligarh section on the Delhi-Howrah trunk route was disrupted following the derailment.

April 18th, 2011:- Three coaches of the Mumbai - Delhi Rajdhani Express caught fire near Ratlam district in Madhya Pradesh. The train, carrying nearly 900 passengers caught fire while running between Bikramgarh Alot and Phuria stations in Kota division. The coaches were removed from the train and the fire was put out quickly. No passenger was harmed.

May 16th, 2011:- Just after midnight may 15, a turck on the rail cum road bridge of Rajahmundry fell onto the railway lines. An incoming high speed goods train powered by a WAG 9 smashed into the truck destroying it and the railway tracks there. Due to it, several trains between Vijayawada Junction and Visakhapatnam Junction were delayed for more than 05:30 hours. Trains were held up at Nidadavole, Samalkot and Kaikaluru

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 11, 2011 at 4:49pm
Kalka Mail tragedy: Death toll rises to 68, rescue operations on

The death toll in Sunday's derailment of Delhi-bound Kalka Mail here rose to 68 today with rescuers pulling out 30 more bodies, including that of two Swedish nationals, from the mangled compartments of the ill-fated train.

Two-fifty-nine people were injured in the incident and they have admitted to various hospitals in this district in Uttar Pradesh and in Kanpur even as rescuers pulled out more people from the train.

"Sixty-eight bodies have been recovered so far. 259 people are undergoing treatment at a hospital here," Fatehpur Superintendent of Police Ram Bharose said. The deceased include 14 women.

Sandeep Mathur, chief public relations officer of north central railway, said in Allahabad that two Swedish nationals were among the dead.

While one Swedish national has been identified as Wick from the statement of his injured compatriot Oscar, who was also travelling with him, the identity of the other is yet to be ascertained.

The derailment took place at 12.20 pm yesterday when the packed train from Howrah reached near Malwa station, nearly 120 kms from Lucknow. The train was moving at a speed of 108 km/hour.

Rescue operations continued through the night to extricate the trapped passengers and bodies from the badly damaged AC and other compartments.

A special train that left Kanpur carrying 167 passengers of the ill-fated train reached New Delhi this morning.

Over 24 hours after the incident, railway authorities are yet to ascertain the exact cause of the worst-ever accident this year.

At the accident site, railway board chairman Vinay Mittal said by tomorrow morning, the Howrah-Delhi route should be cleared off.

He said an inquiry by the chief commissioner of railway safety (Lucknow) Prashant Kumar has been ordered into the incident.

Mittal said there was no fault in the track and the cabinman had told him that when the train was close to pole number 927/23, its engine started shaking and emitting smoke, after which the mishap took place.

Railway officials said that the work of clearing the tracks at Malwa, the accident site, was in full swing.

Out of the 63 bodies, only 21 have been identified, Bharose said.

According to preliminary investigations, the signals were functioning normally and the fish plates on the tracks were intact, Mittal said.

While some of the bogies had toppled, others were turned into a mangled heap of metal. Gas cutters and other equipment were used to slice through the metal in the AC and other coaches to rescue the trapped passengers.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 11, 2011 at 4:42pm

The 2nd train Derailment in Bloomington in less than a week.

Ind. Railroad coal train derails near Bloomington

No one's been hurt in the second Indiana train derailment in five days.

Nearly 30 cars of an Indiana Railroad train derailed Sunday afternoon near Bloomington.

Chief Deputy Mike Pershing of the Monroe County Sheriff's Department told WRTV-TV that the train's engineer told him that heat probably played a role in the derailment because extreme heat makes the steel tracks expand and contract. Temperatures in the area were in the upper 80s at the time.

The derailment left coal dumped across the tracks.

Sixteen cars of a CSX freight train derailed Wednesday at a trestle over the Big Blue River about 20 miles southeast of Indianapolis. No one was injured in that incident.

Comment by astrogal50 on July 10, 2011 at 4:06pm

LUCKNOW, India -- Rescuers searched through the wreckage of a packed express train for people trapped inside after it derailed in northern India on Sunday, killing at least 21 and injuring more than 100 others, officials said.

The Kalka Mail train was on its way to Kalka, in the foothills of the Himalayas, from Howrah, a station near Kolkata in eastern India, when 12 coaches and the engine jumped the tracks near the town of Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh state, senior railway official A.K. Jain said.

The cause of the derailment was not immediately clear but it appeared that the driver applied the emergency brakes, Jain said.

At least 21 people were killed and rescue workers pulled at least 100 injured passengers out of the wreckage, said Brij Lal, a state police official...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 10, 2011 at 8:52am

Shakuntala derails, none hurt

YAVATMAL: Shakuntala Express, the narrow gauge heritage train, derailed near Linga village, on Thursday. The three-bogie train that runs between Yavatmal and Murtizapur (in Akola) is still owned by a private British railway company that has given the Indian Railways on a 10-year renewable contract.

The train left Murtizapur railway station with only 14 people on board (11 passengers, train driver, his assistant and the guard). When the train reached the jungle track between Linga and Borgaon stations at about 8.30 pm it came to an abrupt halt. It was raining heavily and suddenly when there was landslide. Portions of walls erected along the hillside to protect the track caved in and the debris fell on the engine, causing the train to derail. None of the passengers were hurt and the driver and his assistant received only minor injuries.

Railway officials from Bhusawal reached the accident site with a 150-member labour force and tried to clear the track. The work continued till late night on July 8.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 10, 2011 at 8:50am

Train derails in Sioux City

Posted: Jul 09, 2011 7:21 PM EDT

If you drove down Floyd Boulevard Saturday afternoon it was hard to miss.

A train off it's tracks.

Several cars, seven tankers in total could be seen derailed or on their sides.

The accident happened around noon at 27th Street and Floyd Boulevard.

Signage on the outside of the tanks indicates they were carrying alcohol used for ethanol.

A Union Pacific spokesperson says only two of the tankers were full and no product was released.

As of Saturday afternoon, crews were working to get the train back on its tracks.

The cause of the derailment is still being investigated.

The train was traveling from St. Paul, Minnesota to North Platte, Nebraska when it derailed around 12:30.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 8, 2011 at 8:16am

Track to reopen following freight train derailment

Quick ReadFreight trains collide; crew members leap to safety before impact

(AP) -- Two crew members leaped to safety from a moving locomotive moments before it slammed into the rear of another freight train in suburban Syracuse.

One track of the train line from Albany to Buffalo reopened Wednesday afternoon after the accident in DeWitt, and the other is expected to reopen Thursday morning. The CSX tracks carry Amtrak passenger trains as well as freight.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 8, 2011 at 8:13am

Cleanup Continues of Derailed Coal Train

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(Ashdown, AR) -- More details are emerging this morning about a multi-car train derailment in Arkansas.

It happened Tuesday afternoon along Highway 71 in Ashdown in Little River County, Arkansas. 

Little River County first responder Tim Stinnett was traveling on U.S.Highway 71 when he witnessed cars from a Kansas City Southern train derail.
"I saw coal cars flying and a big cloud of black coal smoke," Stinnett recalls.

Around 4:00 Tuesday afternoon, 33 cars loaded with tons of coal left the tracks just south of Ashdown.  It was a close call for a motorist approaching the rail road crossing at Little River County Road 23.

"There was a lady in a car at the crossing and she saw the train beginning to shake and she backed away in a hurry and fortunately she got away from it," says Don Hale, with Little River Emergency Management office.

One man received minor injuries after being hit in the face with flying coal. "And the guy blue pickup was black and he was covered in coal dust," Hale says.

Wednesday, workers were busy trying to clean the mess left behind and get rail traffic back and running through Little River County.  Kansas City Southern officials will not say what caused the derailment, but Little River authorities are just glad this train was only crying coal.

"It was something like you see off the movie I have never witness one before and I really don't want to witness another," Stinnett says.

Last year, Kansas City Southern had another train derail less than five miles from this site. No one was injured in that incident.

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