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 2, 2011 at 7:33am

Amherst demands answers: Second derailment has officials alarmed


Photo courtesy of Michael Krasnik
Seven cars carrying lumber and crushed granite veered off the tracks near the Station Road crossing in Amherst just after 3 p.m Saturday. It was the second derailment in that area in a month.

Select Board Chairwoman Stephanie O’Keeffe said she is alarmed by the pair of derailments that have occurred recently near the Station Road crossing and questioned why the railroad should be allowed to resume running while investigations are under way.

"Why should we trust them that this isn't going to happen again?" she asked Town Manager John Musante at the board's meeting Monday.

After the second train derailment in a month took place in the same part of South Amherst on Saturday, Musante called for the general manager of the New England Central Railroad to come to town to explain. Steven Coomes, who is based in St. Albans, Vt., met with him and Amherst's public safety and public works officials here Monday. While investigators had not yet pinpointed a cause, Coomes told the Bulletin he is convinced the accidents are unrelated.

"We feel very confident that these are separate incidents," he said.

Crews have been working on the tracks where the derailments took place, and freight and passenger trains were expected to return to near-normal by the end of this week, Musante said.

Saturday's derailment, which occurred near the Station Road Crossing, and the one on May 31 took place only 2,200 feet from each other. Musante said the close proximity of the accidents "begs the question" about the condition of the track. But he said a "fairly intensive investigation" is being conducted by the railroad and the Federal Railroad Administration.

When the track reopens, the trains will travel over it at only 10 miles per hour instead of the usual 20 to make sure it is working properly, Musante said.

O'Keeffe speculated that perhaps the tracks are being allowed to deteriorate because there are plans to upgrade the tracks on the west side of the Connecticut River for passenger train service. Musante said that freight trains will continue to use the tracks that pass through Amherst even if the Amtrak stop moves to Northampton.

Passengers on Amtrak's Vermonter train were bused from Springfield to St. Albans this week because of the latest derailment. Spokesman Cliff Cole said passenger service through Amherst is expected to resume on Friday.

Saturday's incident took place in an area visible from the Norwottuck Rail Trail and close to wetlands which have been expanding in recent years because of beaver activity there. Guilford Mooring, the superintendent of public works, said that this activity, combined with above-normal rainfall recently, could have played a role in destabilizing the railbed.

The area is also close to an underground water source that feeds into wells that supply some of Amherst's drinking water. Although neither derailment resulted in the spill of hazardous substances, some neighbors expressed concern over the potential danger.

Michael Krasnik of Tanglewood Drive said he walked on the tracks after Saturday's derailment and noticed that many of the ties are rotting. Some of the train cars that didn't derail appeared to be carrying liquid carbon dioxide, he said.

"The town has to take a more proactive role," he said. "It's not the town's responsibility but considering that it's so close to the water supply, the town should take some measures instead of waiting for the railroad to fix it."

Musante said he told Coomes that this section of track is "particularly sensitive." He said of Krasnik's comments, "We share that concern. That's why we convened the meeting."

Saturday's derailment occurred farther away from the underground water supply than the one May 31, said Mooring.

If a train carrying hazardous chemicals derailed there and they spilled into the ground, there are steps that officials could take to minimize the damage and protect public health, he said. A chemical spill near a surface water supply such as the Atkins Reservoir would be more dangerous, Mooring said.

Musante said that Coomes was "very responsive" to the town's concerns at Monday's meeting.

"It was helpful to hear about the series of steps they're taking to repair the track and test the condition of the remaining railbed to make sure it doesn't happen again," he said.

 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 2, 2011 at 7:30am

Grass derails Bicol Express ‘soft run’ sked

By Jaemie Quinto, Juan Escandor Jr.
990 AM, Southern Luzon
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Naga City, Philippines—A six-hour delay marred the much-touted “soft run” of the Bicol Express train as it encountered a stretch of soft, potentially dangerous ground on its way here.

And, according to one account, the revived railway service also ran into another unexpected hazard: Grass.

The Philippine National Railway (PNR) maintained that despite this “minor delay,” Train No. 611 arrived safely at 10:24 a.m. Thursday with 53 passengers and crew from the Tutuban station in Manila.

Five hours earlier, the train was forced to make a “safety stop” with less than 40 kilometers to go, after “portions of uneven tracks” were discovered in the Malaguico area between Lupeviejo and Sipocot towns in Camarines Sur province, the PNR said.

The uneven tracks were caused by “underground water seepage” that eroded the soil following days of heavy rain brought by Tropical Storm “Falcon” last week, the state-run company explained in a statement.

“In the interest of public safety on its maiden voyage, the PNR crew decided to halt its travel to avoid possible derailment of the train,” the company said.

Engineers have been testing the route since last year, the company said, but “unfortunately, due to water seepage in that area, it caused a delayed erosion (Wednesday) night.”

After undergoing repairs, the affected tracks were declared safe at around 9 a.m.

According to the PNR, the Bicol Express can complete the Manila-Naga trip (or vice-versa) in just under 10 hours—or about the same time as a bus ride.

But the train that left Manila at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday made it to Naga the next day after 16 hours.

On and off

The Bicol Express carries a whiff of nostalgia for many people with its on-again, off-again operations since 1938. Plagued by lack of funds for repairs and new coaches, it has gone idle in the last five years after Supertyphoon “Reming” ravaged the southern Luzon region in 2006.

“(This) long hiatus definitely took its toll on the conditions of the rail tracks,” said PNR General Manager Junio Ragragio.

In an interview with Radyo Inquirer, PNR spokesperson Jera Sison said the train to Naga also had to make brief stops to have its filters cleared of blades of grass that got snagged along the way.

In some areas, it was as though the train served as a “lawn mower” as it ran past tall, dense patches of grass on both sides of the track, Sison said.

Still under repair

Aside from the problems with the railway, only one of the two trains that were supposed to start commercial runs on Wednesday made it in time for the soft launch, according to another PNR official.

Only the Manila-to-Naga train was ready that day because the other train that should go the opposite direction at 6:30 p.m. was still undergoing repairs on its window grills, said Constancio Toledano, manager of the southern rail line’s Area 3.

Toledano said the resumed Bicol Express service would offer introductory fares of P440 per passenger for reclining-seat coaches, P760 for four-passenger cabin coaches and P1,120 for single-passenger cabin coach.

The train includes a dining car, cabin coaches with cushioned beds for single or multiple passengers, and a coach with seats similar to that of buses. The air-conditioned coaches also have separate toilets for males and females.

Between the Tutuban and Naga stations, there are also stops in Blumentritt, España, Pasay City and Alabang in Metro Manila; Lucena City and Hundagwa in Quezon province; and Ragay and Sipocot in Camarines Sur province.

Toledano, who started working at the PNR in 1976, recalled that the name Bicol Express first became popular in the 1970s and ‘80s.

It then referred to PNR’s economy class train servicing the Legazpi City-Manila route via Naga City, he said.

The different trips even came with their own names: The Kalayaan Express referred to the train that left Naga at 6 p.m., while the Peñafrancia Express was the train that left at 7:30 p.m.

The 3:30 p.m. trip from Legazpi City was called the Mayon Limited, he added.

Lost ‘Prestige’

There was also the the Bicol Night Express that left Legazpi City at 9 p.m., and also the Prestige Train that only consisted of four coaches and could make it to Naga City from Tutuban in just six hours.

Toledano said the Prestige was considered the fastest PNR train at the time but it was decommissioned in 1984 for lack of maintenance.

The official said the PNR, despite the revival of the Bicol Express, had yet to contend with problems posed by illegal settlers virtually choking the railway lines.

He said the company was ready to extend financial help to residents willing to relocate outside PNR property, but that it would still need the help of local governments on the matter.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/20171/grass-derails-bicol-express-%E2%...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 2, 2011 at 7:23am

Train carrying automobiles derails in Bullitt County; no one injured

An official surveys the wreckage following a train derailment in Brooks, Ky. (By Sam Upshaw Jr., The Courier-Journal) June 30, 2011
An official surveys the wreckage following a train derailment in Brooks, Ky. (By Sam Upshaw Jr., The  
Bullitt officials talks about train derailment
Bullitt officials talks about train derailment: Bullitt County officials talk about the train carrying automobiles that derailed in the same location as a train carrying chemicals did several years ago.
A train carrying vehicles from the Ford plant in Louisville derails in Bullitt County. (By Scott Utterback The Courier-Journal) June 30, 2011
A train carrying vehicles from the Ford plant in Louisville derails in Bullitt County. (By Scott Utterback The Courier-Journal) June 30, 2011 / cj
Train derailment in Bullitt County near Ky. 1020. (By Tony Cundiff, Special to The Courier-Journal)
Train derailment in Bullitt County near Ky. 1020. (By Tony Cundiff, Special to The Courier-Journal)

 Tom Price was standing near his garage on Huber Station Road Thursday afternoon when he saw cars from a train hauling new automobiles tumble off the tracks that run past his home.

 “The brakes all came on the train and the only thing you could see was the white” plume of dust, Price said. 

 Seventeen cars of the 48-car CSX train derailed shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon near Brooks in Bullitt County — at roughly the same location as a fiery train derailment in 2007. 

 The train was traveling south from the Osborn rail yard at Grade Lane and Outer Loop bound for Tampa, Fla., said Bryan Glover, CSX spokesman for Kentucky. 

 No one was injured in the derailment. Thursday evening the train remained twisted over the tracks and spilling into the yards of nearby homes along Ky. 1020 (Coral Ridge Road) and Huber Station Road. A few new automobiles that had been in train carriers were scattered about, a witness said.

The cause of the derailment is being investigated, Glover said. He wouldn’t speculate about how long the investigation might take but estimated that clearing the train from the area would take between 16 and 24 hours.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the accident, said Zoneton Fire Chief Rob Orkies, but the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office believes it might have found a possible cause to the derailment.

Late Thursday, the sheriff’s office announced that it was looking for a tractor trailer that may have damaged the track minutes before the incident.

Witnesses reported seeing a dark green tractor trailer attempting to turn around on Coral Ridge Road and striking the tracks as it was backing up, said Chief Deputy Sheriff John Cottrell.

The truck left the area and about five minutes later the train derailed near the same point where the truck struck the tracks, Cottrell said.

Ky. 1020 was shut down Thursday night in a half mile stretch between East and West Blue Lick roads. In addition, Huber Station Road was closed to anyone who didn’t live on it.

Zoneton Fire, Shepherdsville Police and the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office responded to the incident.

 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 30, 2011 at 5:22pm
Norfolk Southern Train Derails in Monroe County
 

A Norfolk Southern Railroad freight train derailed in Monroe County north of Juliette on Wednesday morning.

The spokesman for Monroe County emergency services, Shane Cook, said one of the trains 48 cars was carrying the hazardous chemical, chlorobutane.

Sheriff John Cary Bittick said no chemicals were spilled and no one was hurt.

Even though they jumped track, all 18 derailed cars stood upright.

Norfolk Southern's director of public relations, Susan Terpay, said 18 cars of the 48-car train derailed at 8:30 a.m.

She said "no hazardous materials are involved in the derailment."

Crews are working around the clock to get the cars back on the rail, and repair the track.

A news release says between 25-30 trains use the track everyday, and it's expected to re-open Thursday.

The cause of the derailment in under investigation.

http://forsythmonroe.13wmaz.com/news/news/norfolk-southern-train-de...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 30, 2011 at 5:19pm

Railway closed after freight train derails

Posted Thu Jun 30, 2011 12:32pm AEST

Queensland Rail says the main western railway could be closed west of Emerald until Saturday after a train derailment early yesterday.

A QR National freight train struck a bridge at Blackboy Creek, between Emerald and Alpha.

Queensland Rail says crews are still carrying out repairs.

The Spirit of the Outback passenger train stopped at Emerald yesterday, and passengers are being transferred by bus from Longreach today.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/06/30/3257574.htm?section=b...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 29, 2011 at 7:57pm

Train derails in Greater Noida after colliding with bus


Greater Noida:  A passenger train derailed on Tuesday after it rammed into a bus on a railway track in Uttar Pradesh's Greater Noida area near Delhi, officials said. One person was critically injured and train traffic on the busy Delhi-Kolkata route disrupted for several hours.

The private bus, which was empty except for the driver, broke up into pieces following the impact of the collision. It was crossing the track between the Ajayabpur and Dankaur railway stations around 4.50 am.

The bus driver found the rail-crossing gate open and attempted to drive across to the other side when he saw the Gorakhdam Express, coming from Gorakhpur towards Delhi, speeding towards him, said Anil Kumar Gautam, station officer of Government Railway Police at Aligarh railway station.

The driver jumped off the bus and managed to flee just before the speeding train rammed into the vehicle.

The rail-crossing gateman was critically injured and about half-a-dozen people sustained minor injuries.

Officials said the movement of around 35 trains, including the Lucknow-bound Shatabdi and the Kolkata-bound Rajdhani, were disrupted for close to five hours.

According to Mr Gautam, the private bus was trying to cross over to fill CNG when the engine developed a fault and the vehicle stalled in the middle of the rail track.

Due to the impact, the bus was hurled into the air and broke into pieces. The train engine also derailed, disrupting movement of trains on the track. Train movement could be restored only after the third track was opened following repairs.


Read more at: http://www.ndtv.com/article/cities/train-derails-in-greater-noida-a...

http://www.ndtv.com/article/cities/train-derails-in-greater-noida-a...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 29, 2011 at 7:54pm
Wheel derails, throws Mumbai's Harbour line train services out of gear
Published: Tuesday, Jun 28, 2011, 21:19 IST
Place: Mumbai | Agency: PTI

Train services on the Harbour lines were affected after wheels of a local train derailed at Reay Road station today, officials said.

Two wheels of a coach of CST bound train were derailed at 11.35am at Reay Road station today. However, no causalities have been reported.

"Harbour line services in Dn direction -- CSTM to Panvel are running on Harbour line as usual. However, in Up direction -- towards CSTM they were diverted to main line between Kurla and CSTM. Shuttle services were being operated between Vadala Road and Bandra/Andheri for passengers of that section," Central Railway PRO AK Singh said.

The cause of derailment is under investigation.

http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report_wheel-derails-throws-mumbai-s...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 27, 2011 at 8:27am
June 26, 2011, 2:29 pm

Reports on the Amtrak Crash in Nevada

5:05 p.m. | Updated Investigators were examining the wreckage Sunday after a tractor-trailer plowed through railroad gates into an Amtrak train at a crossing early Friday in Nevada, killing at least six people and leaving at least 28 people unaccounted for.

The explanation for the crash, a seemingly freak accident that has drawn national attention and prompted morbid fascination, remains a mystery.

Investigators on Sunday said they were combing the area for clues as to why the truck driver breached the railroad crossing, despite ample warnings to stop, including the gates at the crossing coming down and flashing  lights going off as the California Zephyr train approached. Investigators said it could take a year to determine the cause of the crash.

The tractor-trailer skidded the length of a football field before it smashed the crossing’s gates, according to The Associated Press. He died from the impact, making it more difficult to determine what happened, investigators said.

Peter Knudson, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, said by phone Sunday that the train’s data recorder had been recovered, which could allow investigators to analyze the operation of the train’s controls at the time of the crash.

He said investigators would also be examining the cell phone records of the tractor-trailer’s driver to determine whether he was talking on the phone or sending text messages at the time of the crash. An autopsy also to be conducted this week to determine the physical state of the driver, including if he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

“We are in the fact-gathering stage of the investigation and it could take months before a picture of what happens emerges,” he said. “We have seen a lot of cases when drivers have been distracted and we want to see if this was a factor.”

The Reno Gazette-Journal reported that the truck driver was a man in his mid-40s who worked for John Davies Trucking of Battle Mountain, in northern Nevada. Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Dan Lopez told the paper that the investigation would focus on the driver’s actions leading up to the accident.

“That’s what everybody wants to know. Why did the truck collide with the train?” Mr. Lopez said. “Unfortunately, since he was pronounced dead, he’s the only one who can tell us that prior to the investigation.”

Earl Weener, a member of the safety board told reporters that two truck drivers and a train engineer watched helplessly as the accident unfolded. He said that the drivers were part of a three-truck convoy.

The engineer of the train slammed on the emergency brakes and hoped the train would not derail, Mr. Weener said. But the train, which was going about 78 miles an hour, traveled a half mile more before it stopped. The engineer watched the truck smash into 2 of the train’s 10 cars through the rearview mirror, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.

Video posted on the Web site of the Reno Gazette-Journal shows the smoldering train; the footage also shows the remains of the tractor-trailer, its tires dislodged from the vehicle.

Aerial photographs of the crash site reveal a plaintive scene: the railway crossing surrounded by fields, the windows of the charred train apparently blown out from the impact.

Among the dead, the Churchill County Sheriff’s office reported, was the train conductor. According to local news reports, the conductor was 68-year-old Laurette Lee of South Lake Tahoe, Calif, a mother of three and grandmother of five who came from a railroad family. Her grandfather Hilary Turley and her great-grandfather Aaron Turley were both railroad men. Her brother is an Amtrak dispatcher; her nephew a conductor.

In a profile of the conductor in the Contra Costa Times, her family recalled that she started her career in the railroad 23 years ago, working as a baggage handler and ticket-taker, before being promoted to conductor. About two years ago, she left Concord and moved to South Lake Tahoe and worked out of Amtrak’s Reno headquarters, her relatives said.

Her nephew Ben Rankin, the conductor, told the paper that 10 years ago his aunt had mentored him when he decided to enter the railroad fraternity, standing by his side and guiding him as he conducted his first train.

“She takes care of everybody she comes into contact with,” Mr. Rankin said. “I wouldn’t have done it without her.”

The westbound California Zephyr was en route from Chicago to Emeryville, Calif., with 204 passengers and 14 crew members on board when it was hit.

http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/26/reports-on-the-amtrak-c...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 27, 2011 at 8:23am

Train Derails In Superior, Second This Month

 

June 26, 2011 Updated Jun 26, 2011 at 10:57 PM CDT

Superior, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) - Around 5 PM Saturday five Burlington Northern Santa Fe cars derailed under the Belknap Street Bridge.

All, but one, were upright.

Sunday morning crews were working on cleaning up coal and getting the cars back on track.

BNSF officials say they are not sure what caused the derailment and are conducting an investigation.

They also say the incident did not happen on the main tracks of the train yard and has had minimal impact on their operations.

This is the second train derailment in Superior this month.

 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 26, 2011 at 10:42pm

Train Derails, Closes Streets near Shrewsbury and Landsdowne Avenues

Shrewsbury Fire Chief William Fox said a train derailed on a bridge crossing Murdoch Avenue at about 10:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Shrewsbury officials closed several streets near Shrewsbury and Landsdowne avenues due to a train derailment that occurred at about 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, the stltoday.com news website reported.

By noon today, the news website reported that the train and a derailed car were gone and that officials were waiting for equipment to remove a damaged walkway and other debris from the bridge deck.

The 7200 block of Landsdowne remained closed to traffic, the website reported.

Shrewsbury Fire Chief William Fox said, to a Post-Dispatch reporter on Saturday night, that the train derailed after leaving a yard at McCausland Avenue and while crossing a bridge on Murdoch Avenue.

Fox said at least one train car is a tanker holding the cleaning agent ethyleneamines. The tanker was not leaking, he told the Post-Dispatch reporter.

The car was taken to the train yard this morning, the website reported.

By noon today, Shrewsbury Police Lt. Brian Catlett said railroad officials told him one train car was off the tracks before leaving the yard. The train travelled about three-quarters of a mile before the off-track car struck a wooden walkway beside the track on the bridge.

Five houses east of the tracks were evacuated as a precaution and MetroLink service was shut down at Maplewood on the southbound Shrewsbury line, the news website reported late last night.

By noon, railroad engineers said the concrete and steel trestle bridge were safe for train traffic, Catlett told a Post-Dispatch reporter. MetroLink trains are running through the area again.

This is a double whammy as the train derailed and the bridge partially collapsed so what comes first. the chicken or the egg???

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