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  1. ALC Rail Writer

    Amtrak Derailment Philadelphia (5/12/2015)

    You're right, he was sitting at a table in the cafe.
  2. ALC Rail Writer

    Amtrak Derailment Philadelphia (5/12/2015)

    I speculate that most were riding in car 1 and the others in 2 and 3. Does that make sense? So, were all in the BC car killed? No, amongst the survivors of the BC car was former congressman Patrick Murphy.
  3. ALC Rail Writer

    Amtrak Derailment Philadelphia (5/12/2015)

    Exactly who in the world else would have ANYTHING at all to do with the speed of the train other than the sole occupant of the cab, the engineer? All this 'don't jump to conclusions' nonsense has surpassed the level of ludicrousness. There was no track speed greater than 80 MPH from PHL to the site of the accident...he'd already stepped in it when he hit 90 (10 over is decertifiable under FRA). To say, 'well, maybe he thought he was further down the line' makes the assumption that he didn't know where he was. Let's take off the kid gloves and call a spade a spade. This guy stepped in it - big time. I've heard all the other bs as well....'he's a nice guy' is the other excuse people seem to be using. Railroading is not (and never should be) a popularity contest. Do your job safely and and go home, do it again tomorrow....but making excuses for this kind of disaster is pound foolish. Couldn't we wait and see what the NTSB has to say about this relatively new engine? Is it really implausible to consider there was a mechanical failure? I don't know this engineer, I can't speak for his character. I can say that a train is a complicated system with possibilities for failure that must be examined as part of a comprehensive investigation that looks for the contributing factors of the accident. Refusal to acknowledge these possibilities will not make rail travel safer and indeed disqualifies you as 'credible'. Provide the evidence that dismisses these reasonable doubts and others will abide by your conclusion.
  4. ALC Rail Writer

    Amtrak Derailment Philadelphia (5/12/2015)

    There's no sense blaming the engineer for anything unless facts emerge that prove he had something to do with the speed. While possible (even probable) there are other explanations. I don't see why people would be upset that he has a lawyer. Legal counsel is a prudent measure whether he's innocent or guilty of anything. At the very least he and his family will need help dealing with the media and guiding them through the legal processes. If I were involved in an accident that killed somebody, I'd likely seek legal counsel even if I was innocent.
  5. ALC Rail Writer

    Amtrak Derailment Philadelphia (5/12/2015)

    Very true, but I wonder if (as others have alluded) there is good to come out of this media blitz...Look at this thread and others like it; whenever an establishment political force mobilizes itself against something with grassroots support, the grassroots instinctively mobilize. At the end of the day headlines with death tolls less than/around ten people don't deliver the message that Amtrak is unsafe. More people will be directly impacted by the service interruption this accident has caused and, hopefully, demand improvements.
  6. ALC Rail Writer

    Amtrak Derailment Philadelphia (5/12/2015)

    They have the crew debriefed, they have the on board data, they have the wreck site, and they have whatever live data Amtrak had at the time of the incident. We should have an answer relatively soon, as in relative to drawn-out plane mysteries.
  7. ALC Rail Writer

    Amtrak Derailment Philadelphia (5/12/2015)

    Amtrak does not go that fast through that area normally. Clearly last night something was abnormal. Logically, it could have been the speed.
  8. ALC Rail Writer

    Amtrak Derailment Philadelphia (5/12/2015)

    Yes, and if you re-read my post you will find I used it correctly. I said 100% causality not 100% fatality.
  9. ALC Rail Writer

    Amtrak Derailment Philadelphia (5/12/2015)

    Amtrak released this statement at 1:15 ET At 2:45 AM this statement was posted on the blog along with this addendum:
  10. ALC Rail Writer

    Amtrak Derailment Philadelphia (5/12/2015)

    So 106 or not, if they are going about 80 and don't reduce speed coming out of that straightaway, they flip.
  11. ALC Rail Writer

    Amtrak Derailment Philadelphia (5/12/2015)

    The curve is rated for 50, what is the speed limit prior to that one?
  12. ALC Rail Writer

    Amtrak Derailment Philadelphia (5/12/2015)

    If we're entertaining random speculation, the first thought in my head was something involving the new engines. There were probably multiple factors involved so it's important to avoid too much rampant speculation. That being said one really has to hope it's not the new engines.
  13. ALC Rail Writer

    Amtrak Derailment Philadelphia (5/12/2015)

    Mostly unconfirmed, but not 100%. A local news reporter claims Amtrak "source" confirmed that Amtrak knows how fast the train was going and that it was "very fast". https://twitter.com/AdamTuss/status/598336116786372609
  14. ALC Rail Writer

    Amtrak Derailment Philadelphia (5/12/2015)

    lol, and oldie but a goodie!
  15. ALC Rail Writer

    Amtrak Derailment Philadelphia (5/12/2015)

    Have they brought out any 3D simulations yet? You know those GPUs are grinding as we speak!
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