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Old July 26th, 2013, 08:28 PM   #301
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I suppose you unecessarily fret over your portfolio.

Moreover, it's about livelihood, not jobs. Had it not been for unions, then the frequency of 'mishaps' in the west would --uhm-- appall you even more. Unions were the torch bearers over matters of safety.

You appear to harbour much misgiving regarding big business' objectives ...
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Old July 26th, 2013, 09:57 PM   #302
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You may not like it, but a 2 or even 3 person train crew would not have prevented this accident, if they had performed the same actions the one driver had done.

In this case the union could have pointed out the existence of several safety systems that could have prevented this accident. For instance: several European control systems contain features that automatically apply the emergency brakes when a train moves more that a few feet in a direction it shouldn't.

The presence of a proper train control system first of all benefits the staff as they are most likely to get injured or even killed in serious railway accidents.

Instead they're stating that extra staff is the answer, despite history showing otherwise.
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Old July 27th, 2013, 01:00 AM   #303
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Euros seldom (if ever) lose sight of their short trains ... a completely different playing field from this continent's own one ...
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The national passenger carrier is being reported on nationwide news today of their forthcoming station closures, many of them in Quebec. However, no such communique appears on the carrier's press release webpage.
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Old July 27th, 2013, 01:49 AM   #305
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Another pop star --this time a Québécoise-- has just arranged to perform a tribute concert for Lac-Mégantic in Quebec City.

Also, the mayor of that small town is being praised for all her actions following the disaster there.
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Old July 27th, 2013, 11:26 AM   #306
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Euros seldom (if ever) lose sight of their short trains ... a completely different playing field from this continent's own one ...
And there is the 'We north Americans are so special and you outsiders will never understand how special we are' argument again...

Wanna bet there are more similarities then differences?
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Old July 27th, 2013, 01:18 PM   #307
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Nobody need entertain musing how you must be appearing there, arguing alone with yourself and your deluded prejudices. Besides, what's so (quote) "special" about hauling 10 times more tonnage for a such a comparatively measly gain in profit, right. Along with those of many other places', most of Europe's railways are up to snuff; ours certainly aren't, which ends up casting us over here in a specialan uncommon light.

So, you, either quit being so sensitive or try, e.g., offering a suggestion as to why most of the rest of the world shirks operating slow 2-mile-long trains ... as I said, it's a
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Cough up ! ... and be a gentleman with your proposition by not obliging me to make a daft trip to some currency exchange
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Old July 27th, 2013, 03:30 PM   #308
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Besides, what's so (quote) "special" about hauling 10 times more tonnage for a such a comparatively measly gain in profit, right.
I don't think there is anything special about using longer/heavier trains, but you do need to account for coupler force limitations (read: distribute power), account for slower reaction times of your braking system and have the appropriate infrastructure.

Besides all those measly gains added together will still result in big numbers. Hauling freight is a commercial activity after all.

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Along with those of many other places', most of Europe's railways are up to snuff; ours certainly aren't, which ends up casting us over here in an uncommon light.
What gives you the impression that Europe's railways are up to snuff?
Ours aren't that up to snuff either, it's just the reasons why they aren't are a bit different.

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try, e.g., offering a suggestion as to why most of the rest of the world shirks operating slow 2-mile-long trains ....
For Europe I can give you 2 reasons: A 2-mile train would be nearly impossible to integrate into the schedule of most lines, mainly because passenger trains take precedence, and most countries do not even have the infrastructure to handle the UIC suggested 800m (1/2 mile) length limit, let alone longer ones.
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Old July 27th, 2013, 04:47 PM   #309
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From many photos and train cab ride videos, the track, rolling stock and lineside equipment look refreshed in other places compared to the crapiness we're still lumped with here: that's what. For example, have you ever seen many dangling or shorn metal strips of rail about 1 to 2 metres long with a thickness of roughly ⅛ the size of your pinky (smallest finger), curling here and there, upward and downward, between the (running) rails? I can't explain how such welded rail gets to such a dilapidated state, although their existence makes train-track trespassing all the more dangerous, what with your tripping all over them or getting speared, jabbed by their bouncing ends.

Anyhow, Germany's looks the best, to the point that I ask myself which other Euro members themselves must be paying dearly for their top-notch-looking refreshings

Also, bear in mind that N American railways are like Britain's in that they are borne by the 'free' market, whereas those on the European continent are mandated by government policy. This major difference is all so apparent to me when seeing or watching railway images hailing from GB compared to the continent there. The Brits are so right at admitting that their own railway being so Victorian, yet theirs look and run far better than Canada's. Mind you, from many examples I've happened across, the USA seems to have been refreshing their railways, whereas this country has done piddly squat.

You wrote earlier there being motion detectors to remotely halt faulty trains, etc, etc. This kind of technology is unheard of around this country, and is only just now being discussed. You might be puzzled were you to learn just how unknowledgable your average Canadia/en is about VERY BASIC things about trains, e.g., news reports often mis-explain FUNDAMENTAL background information to their train stories to the point of misleading their audience, plus they never follow up with corrections to their earlier reports (sorry for SHOUTING here) ... actually, the French-language services here perform much better than the English-language ones do, come to think of it.

The way our long trains are operated over here keeps troubling me more and more with time. There really ought to be exceptional precautionary measures in place over here to run such endless steel snakes, but literally there's none to speak of!

It always ends up being ******* commerce coming first and foremost, with the social contract remaining either incidental or secondary: This is why I can't help myself from identifying this (slow!!!) country a bloody banana republic...the disparity between these two ideologies exists everwhere, I'd bet, yet the stark contrast here is really chilling to me . . . brrr
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Old July 29th, 2013, 04:33 AM   #310
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Does virtually a smashing job at revealing this country's impotence.
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It's now being reported that the siding alongside the parked train that night is indeed equipped with a derailer, although no law exists requiring the whole facility be used for parking trains.
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Provincial and territorial premiers agreed in their conference last week to band with municipalities in the quest to have the federal government disclose the contents of dangerous-goods consists passing through their jurisdictions, otherwise their corresponding emergency response plans remain substandard and ultimately ineffective. The (central) government's rationale for non-disclosure is to mitigate sabotage, even terrorism, although I bet the matter is more because of their glaring liabilities.
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Quebec's environment minister has now issued an order to three companies to pay for the on-going clean-up, now at $7 800 000. Contrary to the following claim, town's mayor says the railway still hasn't answered either one of her now two letters.

Today's -- transcript to last week's radio interview whereat audio clip linked:
Railway Exec speaks about Lac Magantic disaster
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Old July 31st, 2013, 01:27 AM   #318
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Yesterday's :
'My mission failed': Rail chief admits mistakes in disaster's wake

Ed Burkhardt's missteps after the deadly July 6 train explosion in Lac-Megantic made him one of the most reviled people in Canada.
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Transport Canada has just taken another damning blow this month. Today, the country's Transport Safety Board released their investigative report of a plane crash at Vancouver's main airport a few years ago, citing facts that that accident was preventable due to prior recommendations they had made having been cast aside and seemingly forgotten.

Anyhow, the railway's chair interview on national radio was broadcast this evening. I didn't catch how he had put it, but the interviewer responded to his statement of his/his company being a (to quote him, supposedly) "victim". Subsequent to her follow-up question about being a victim, he expressed offense at her putting words in his mouth.
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