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#21 Thirdrail7

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Posted 11 November 2017 - 03:29 PM

Here's a video with a damaged truck below while the Carolinian operates (at restricted speed I suppose) above:

 

 

If the nosy crew member fell, would he have sued Amtrak, the city or the truck driver?  :blink:


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Posted 11 November 2017 - 03:52 PM

Here's a video with a damaged truck below while the Carolinian operates (at restricted speed I suppose) above:

 

 

If the nosy crew member fell, would he have sued Amtrak, the city or the truck driver?  :blink:

I had seen that particular truck hit the bridge in other videos, but those videos didn't play long enough for me to see the Amtrak train.   

 

That crew member was looking as if to say "WTF????"     :P


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#23 west point

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 02:51 PM

Wonder if a truss bridge would enable at least 13'6" clearance.  That might allow no undercutting and maybe only a slight rise in track elevation ?



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Posted 12 November 2017 - 02:52 PM

Here's a video with a damaged truck below while the Carolinian operates (at restricted speed I suppose) above:

 

 

If the nosy crew member fell, would he have sued Amtrak, the city or the truck driver?  :blink:

I would not jump to the conclusion that the crew member was "nosy".....perhaps he was required to observe the passing,  to insure the train was not fouled in any way by debris, etc.....


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Posted 12 November 2017 - 03:04 PM

If you watch the entire video there are two crew members at two different open doors. I️ suspected they were checking to make sure the train could pass safely.


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Posted 12 November 2017 - 04:30 PM

 

I would not jump to the conclusion that the crew member was "nosy".....perhaps he was required to observe the passing,  to insure the train was not fouled in any way by debris, etc.....

 

 

 

If you watch the entire video there are two crew members at two different open doors. I️ suspected they were checking to make sure the train could pass safely.


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Assuming that the Carolinian was running with 6 cars and a bag, yes..it makes perfect sense to make sure the train can safely pass after the heaviest part of it (the engine) and three cars have already passed the incident.  I mean, why precede or walk the move to see if it can pass safely when you can ascertain the route from the rear of the 4th car and the head end of the 6th car?  :ph34r:


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Posted 13 November 2017 - 09:16 AM



Elevating the railway would be astronomically expensive. There are at-grade crossings to the right of the webcam and the recently opened Amtrak station is not far to the left. NCDOT prepared an estimate of elevating the railway -- which is state-owned, remember -- throughout all of downtown Durham, the so-called "Great Wall of Durham" project, but the City asked that the project not be pursued. The line carries a substantial amount of freight, and NS is not keen on a hump.  


They are actually planning a split grade separation (raise the rails a bit, lower the roads a bit) at Magnum and Blackwell, which will also increase the clearance at the nearby Roxboro Street to the standard 14'6". IMO while they are at it, they should extend the project west to:
1. Include a split grade separation at Duke Street like the ones at Mangum and Blackwell
2. Raise the substandard clearance at Gregson and Chapel Hill streets
3. Double track the railroad
4. Rebuild the platform as a high-level island with gauntlet tracks accessed by a below-grade pedestrian tunnel.




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