In a message with another AU member I said that in my 26 years on this earth I actually am wondering what is going on at Amtrak. 5 IMO major incidents in the past 3 years. 188 in May 2015, 2 incidents in the Northwest 1 of which was fatal, The Silver Star last weekend, and 2150's separation yesterday.
My main concern is the separation of a Semi-Permanent trainset. That should never happen period. Whether this falls on Bombardier or not is no excuse.
The Silver Star incident seems to be falling on CSX and that crew for falsely reporting a switch lined and locked normal. But Amtrak was sadly involved in that case.
But the one thing that's for sure is that someone and specifically Richard Anderson will have to answer to someone about what in the world is going on. Personally I wish that Wick Moorman stayed on longer as President and CEO. He was and is the man to address such serious issues. Look at how he handled New York Penn last summer. He did the right thing then and he would do the right thing now.
I do have some concern on this matter. But it's not enough for me to say that I won't ride the train.
It seems that this is an absolutely dark and trying time for Passenger Rail. Not just Amtrak, but all commuter railroads as well. It seems that NJT is in absolute shambles. Metro North is slowly recovering from their incidents a few years ago. MBTA is struggling with their commuter contractor Keolis.
I have faith that this will turn around and trains will become safer then ever before. I just have to ask how long it will take. I think that Richard Anderson is on a good path of turning around Amtrak's Safety record as he was under the watchful eye of Wick Moorman who was huge on safety at NS.
These posts are my views and opinions.
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