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Old January 25th, 2012, 03:35 AM   #181
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Plowing blind as they appear to be, how do engineers know when to whistle? Are they told over the radio the moment to start tooting?


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Old February 7th, 2012, 08:32 PM   #182
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The very same level crossing on the autoroute (a.k.a. the Trans Canada Highway, freeway, motorway, controlled-access
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, maximum-100KPH-minimum-60KPH road) featured (sorry, embedding's been disabled to each of the last four videos):











Notice there being no barrier, no advance prepare-to-stop flashing warning light (like the following Australasian examples)
preceding the crossings either direction, hard brakings, many infracting motorists, no simultaneous activation of
the crossings



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Old February 9th, 2012, 02:00 AM   #183
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Trans-Canada Highway? Oh my how I wished you were joking. That is way too dangerous however slow the trains must be going.
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Old February 10th, 2012, 03:39 AM   #184
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Old February 10th, 2012, 10:23 AM   #185
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That track condition is apalling!
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Old February 10th, 2012, 11:19 PM   #186
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You're right, because choosing my passenger seat in the centre of the coach became pointless ages ago; seen from the outside, the rewards from now learning why are perverse. That's mighty-profit-turning CNR track, FYI. Surely most of that jointed rail must hail from as recently as the 1960s, no?
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Old February 27th, 2012, 12:26 PM   #187
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3 killed in train derailment in Canada

Fatal train accident in Canada:

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At least three people were killed Sunday when apassenger train derailed near Toronto, Canadian officials said.

All three people were employees of Via Rail Canada

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At least 45 passengers were injured, three severely, according to John Marginson, chief operating officer of Via.

The derailment occurred around 3:30 p.m. in Burlington, about 40 miles southwest of Toronto, Lamarche said.

The train, carrying 75 passengers, was traveling from Niagara Falls to Toronto, according to Lamarche.
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Old February 27th, 2012, 12:44 PM   #188
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Local media is reporting the accident happened at the same spot as another 2008 derailment. Wonder if there's something wrong with the physical track itself.
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Old February 27th, 2012, 10:10 PM   #189
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VIA Rail train derailment raises safety issues -- 21'59"
"... Three and a half years ago, then-Transport minister Lawrence Cannon told the House of Commons, 'Rail safety has gone down the tubes.' ..." -- 1'05"


The matter of safety is covered in the last six minutes. Do cut the host's guest some slack, for he himself answered that railway safety around Canada has been off the media's radar for ages and ages (e.g.; 1 100 incidents in Year 2006 alone, half of which were derailments; an ex-union president plead at raising the rate of derailments from daily [errrr -- that must be twice daily ] to [either] weekly or monthly ), plus his lack of practice at being interviewed appears evident.
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VIA Rail train derailment raises safety issues
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Old February 27th, 2012, 11:27 PM   #190
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It's being said that the train derailed switching tracks.

Here's a picture of one of the terminii of Canada's great! Quebec-Windsor corridor


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It's being said that the train derailed switching tracks.

Here's a picture of one of the terminii of Canada's great! Quebec-Windsor corridor


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Such a shame, a modern country like Canada could really do with a good passenger network...
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Old February 28th, 2012, 09:21 PM   #192
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As though its freight network were good
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Old February 28th, 2012, 10:58 PM   #193
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Well as much as I love trains, I have to say that for a country such Canada it might not make much sense to keep perfect conditions of the tracks for long-distance passanger rail if those same rails are extensively used by heavy trains given that distances are really long and population density low, and so the number of such passanger services low. Of course a minimum to guarantee safety is needed though.
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Old February 28th, 2012, 11:32 PM   #194
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I can't find a link to this morning's radio news report regarding a proposal to add passenger-only track alongside the current Quebec-Windsor corridor track, saying that neither France's nor Japan's passenger-dedicated (high speed) rail networks has suffered any death to Date, oh well. Nonetheless, here are just a couple today's news reports regarding this country's trains:
Notable rail disasters in Canada

"There are hundreds of train collisions and derailments every year on Canada's railways. ..."



TSB probes deadly train derailment


Via Rail president calls accident 'tragic, very sad'



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Coaches becoming uncoupled, tipping onto their sides, etc., are the very sort of railway-accident outcomes that must be avoided at all cost, which seems to take this country forever at learning.
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Old February 29th, 2012, 01:57 AM   #195
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Such a shame, a modern country like Canada could really do with a good passenger network...
Canada is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. No one can possibly expect it to have a passenger rail network equivalent to what is found in the EU, Japan, or South Korea as in most cases it just isn't feasible save for a few corridors like Vancouver to Seattle.
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Old February 29th, 2012, 04:25 AM   #196
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Canada is too big to promote rail travel between the major cities. The network and service frequency will not likely increase. Air travel is the most efficient way, especially when traversing from coast to coast.
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Even with HSR-like tracks through the Rockies, a Toronto-Vancouver train would take 22 hours. Impractical.
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Even with HSR-like tracks through the Rockies, a Toronto-Vancouver train would take 22 hours. Impractical.
But of course. (Strawman?)

What I mean is that pretty much none of the Canadian network is electrified, even Canada's version of the NEC (Quebec-Windsor) has shabby old stations, infrequent services, and old rolling stock. Sure HSR costs a hell of a lot, but just improving everything just a little, even to a commuter rail standard, to make the service much more appealing shouldn't be too hard no?
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Yes. But only on the Windsor corridor for instance.

Even electrification and better stations would do nothing to make Regina-Halifax rail travel viable.
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Old February 29th, 2012, 05:34 PM   #200
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Canada is more populated than Australia but Australia has well-developed intracity networks. Just comparing commuter networks, I'd agree that Canada's might need a bit of improvement.
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