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Old July 12th, 2013, 08:40 PM   #281
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24 dead, another 26 missing.

Yesterday's by Martin Lukacs, The Guardian:
Quebec's Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster not just tragedy, but corporate crime
"... We can mourn, but not scrutinise. In April, prime minister Stephen Harper even coined an awkward expression – "committing sociology" –to deride the search for root causes about horrifying events, in the wake of an unrelated, alleged bombing attempt. ..."
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Old July 12th, 2013, 10:01 PM   #283
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Engineer overnighted downhill in Lac-Mégantic itself, not in Nantes ... yesterday's :
Engineer’s face 'said everything': Train driver’s horror as he saw Lac-Megantic burn
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Old July 12th, 2013, 11:34 PM   #284
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28 dead, another 22 missing.
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Old July 14th, 2013, 08:31 PM   #285
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Hypothetic analysis -- yesterday's :
Graphic: The Lac-Mégantic Runaway Train Disaster
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Old July 14th, 2013, 08:39 PM   #286
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Yesterday's :
The frantic moment when the train driver in Lac-Megantic raced to the scene
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Old July 14th, 2013, 08:47 PM   #287
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Yesterday's :
Tories dismiss need for review of critical audit of Transport Canada following Lac-Megantic disaster
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Old July 15th, 2013, 08:56 AM   #288
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They could have constructed train brakes like truck brakes: no air = parking brake active. It's a bit more cumbersome while shunting (you either need to provide a mechanism to temporarily(!) disable the parking brakes or shunt using the air brakes), but it is absolutely failsafe.
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Old July 15th, 2013, 10:03 AM   #289
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Actually, it works that way - once charged, air brakes require pressure to allow movement, and if pressure is gone - brakes apply themselves automaticly.
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Old July 15th, 2013, 12:30 PM   #290
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The problem is the 'once charged' bit. As long as there is air in the auxillary reservoirs of your train your brakes work. Once that air is depleted your brakes degrade and eventually stop working completely. That isn't uncommon in one pipe systems and has been the cause of many runaways. In two pipe systems the extra pipe will continuously replenish the auxillary reservoirs so that problem is more or less eliminated, at least as long as you keep the extra pipe pressurised.

For any train braking system the same rule applies: no auxillary pressure = no brakes.
In that sense the air brake system on trucks is more failsafe: The parking brakes are spring operated and need air to be released.
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Old July 16th, 2013, 10:40 PM   #291
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Yesterday's piddly by la métropole's English daily:
[FONT="Times New Roman"][I]'... "... The government has chosen to keep costs low for the oil companies and rail companies over community safety," he said. ...'

Continuous braking also mentioned.
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Old July 20th, 2013, 01:09 AM   #292
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Wednesday, both of Maine's federal legislators appealed to their federal railway administration there to conduct safety checks of (at least?) their state's share of that international railway (that also goes through Vermont). In response to their joint official request, their FRA was to have started inspecting some 440 miles' worth of train tracks over there yesterday.

Today, this country's safety board is urging Transport Canada to implement measures immediately to (a) prohibit trains carrying dangerous goods from being left unattended on a mainline, and to (b) establish definitive benchmarks on brake-setting when parking trains. The board's preliminary finding faults the brakes, although whether enough brakes had been set or some of them might have been faulty themselves is still unknown.

42 dead, 5 missing.
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is there any talk about an Edmonton-Calgary upgrade or is Canada hell-bent on exporting shale oil directly into the atmosphere?
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Merely nattering and nattering about sensible projects appears to yield a sense of conclusive accomplishment to most Canadia/ens
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Effective immediately and during only the next six months , Transport Canada is prohibiting single-person movement of freight trains as well as leaving trains ladened with dangerous goods unattended on any mainline.

The federal transport safety committee is pausing their summer break by embarking on reviewing railway safety protocols.

Now, an American senator is calling for retrofit or replacement of our inadequate tankers, which predominates the continent's fleet by ⅞. Meanwhile online, this country's national broadcaster divulged our committee's agenda, pegging the tankers matter the bottom item of 4's worth.

One of the world's longest-running pop stars is performing his benefit concert in Quebec City this evening.
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That MMA chair's sliminess is still excelling in creepiness. He appears to be balking at $4,000,000's worth of clean-up billing, such that workers are threatening to walk off the job from not having been paid, so the town of Lac-Mégantic is footing the bill. Much concern keeps growing about the toxins. Decontamination would've been jeopardized had the town there not come to the rescue. Furthermore, that prick of a chair is refusing to identify matters like who the site foreman is, etc., etc., thus the mayor is now preparing to sue MMA.

He must be such a psycho ...
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An American union is now calling for an outright ban of one-man trains.
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Today, Quebec provincial police conducted their search warrant on the railway's office in Farnham, between Lac-Mégantic and Montreal.
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An American union is now calling for an outright ban of one-man trains.
Only in order to preserve jobs, not because it will improve safety. Time and time again man has proven to be the weakest link when it comes to safety. On the other hand, I can imagine that one-man trains should only be allowed on controlled sections, not in 'black territory'.
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