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TeachTeach Senior MemberPosts: 18,428 Senior Member
How in the world can something like this happen- - - - -a train running full speed on a dead-end track without some sort of idiot-proof system to stop it before it crashes?
:uhm:
Jerry

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  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,120 Senior Member
    Scary stuff. I used to take that train back when I lived in Union City, NJ!
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  • calebibcalebib Senior Member Posts: 1,701 Senior Member
    I texted my BIL, who lives in Jersey, to make sure he wasn't on that train. Thankfully, he's in Chile right now so that was a relief.
  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
    Now, tell me again how living and working in that northeastern rabbit warren is so wonderful when I can walk around my own property all day and never see another human being unless I want to- - - - - - -:roll:
    Jerry
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,288 Senior Member
    I guess all that money from the South to build and maintain those railroads got squandered or stuffed in someone's pockets. Been like that prior to the Late Unpleasantness, IIRC. Not that I want to, but if I wanted to get on an Amtrack train to anywhere I'd have to drive to the middle of North Carolina, or to Atlanta, GA, or to Nashville, TN. That dog don't hunt.

    I bet the engineer of that train was either asleep or watching a porno on his Apple phone or tablet and didn't notice the station coming up at OMG speed.

    I hope the people hurt are given the best care possible. They are the real losers in all this mess. :angel2:
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  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
    When did Amtrak start serving Nashville again? Union Station was turned into a fancy hotel 20 years ago, which promptly went bankrupt, after the station sat abandoned for a couple of decades. Passenger service to Nashville stopped in the late 1950's, I believe.
    Jerry
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,288 Senior Member
    Teach wrote: »
    When did Amtrak start serving Nashville again? Union Station was turned into a fancy hotel 20 years ago, which promptly went bankrupt, after the station sat abandoned for a couple of decades. Passenger service to Nashville stopped in the late 1950's, I believe.
    Jerry

    You're right. Amtrak moved to the Dyersberg/Newbern area to the NW. And I still wouldn't drive that far to get on a train that crashes regularly.

    On a different tack into the wind, the investigation of the Noo Joisey train wreck is being greatly hampered by asbestos dust. Couldn't be from train brakes; brake shoes haven't used asbestos for road vehicles in years; don't know, or care, what they use on trains, but I bet asbestos isn't in them. The asbestos dust must be from the building the train crashed into, and if that is true then somebody needs their gluteus maximus kicked up between their shoulder blades. The U.S. gooberment made asbestos abatement and removal a HUGE deal over 30 years ago. What is asbestos doing in an inhabited building? I mean, WTH? The EPA raised holey hell down here in the South getting asbestos removed from schools and government buildings and any building accessed by the public! Did they give the North a pass on that asbestos abatement/removal?
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  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
    It's Noo Joisey- - - - -chances are some union bosses made a sweetheart deal with the contractors and politicians, and split up and pocketed the asbestos removal money without actually doing the work. The southeastern good ole boy network can't hold a candle to real professional criminals!
    Jerry
  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    Over two decades ago the high school I now live next to had to contract asbestos removal and we were employed to relocate the furniture back in forth during the job. The facilities I frequent at work have some asbestos flooring. It has to be kept sealed with this black mystery glop.
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,394 Senior Member
    My aunt's house in NOLA had asbestos roofing for many years. Was sold as NEVER needing replacement in the 1950s. She replaced her's a few years back, but there are still numerous houses in her neighborhood that still have it intact.
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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,288 Senior Member
    Speaking of asbestos removal, the first nuke plant I worked at had to remove the asbestos insulation in the early '80s and that was a cluster fornication of epic proportions. There was asbestos insulation on piping and turbines in the turbine building, auxiliary building, AND THE REACTOR BUILDING! The stuff in the turbine building was easy to remove, but the stuff in the aux and reactor buildings was CONTAMINATED WASTE requiring special procedures for removal, and disposal at Barnwell burial $$$site.

    The second plant had supposedly removed all the asbestos insulation and they had. Since the plant had never started up, removal was pretty straightforward. Problem was, the insulation on the two high pressure turbines, one on each unit, WAS REPLACED WITH ASBESTOS INSULATION! The contractors screwed up big time and 'had to lick that calf over' at their own expense!

    I'll bet the asbestos at the train station got passed over due to a deal like Teach said. Wouldn't be the first time, or the last, that railroad executives and government prefects have rolled in the bed together to make a buck!
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  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    Back in the 1890's a train wrecked at a washed out bridge over Kiowa Creek in eastern Colorado. The flood that wrecked the bridge washed the cars down stream depositing debris into unlikely places. An author named Clive Cussler assembled a search party some hundred years later to search for the never recovered engine. Nobody found anything. Some years later conducting a radio interview in Nebraska Cussler gotta call from an old guy used to keep records for the Rail Road. Turns out the engine was revovered at night, rebuilt, renumbered, and the insurance company never found out.
    My thoughts are generally clear. My typing, not so much.
  • roadkingroadking Senior Member Posts: 3,056 Senior Member
    early wrote: »
    Back in the 1890's a train wrecked at a washed out bridge over Kiowa Creek in eastern Colorado. The flood that wrecked the bridge washed the cars down stream depositing debris into unlikely places. An author named Clive Cussler assembled a search party some hundred years later to search for the never recovered engine. Nobody found anything. Some years later conducting a radio interview in Nebraska Cussler gotta call from an old guy used to keep records for the Rail Road. Turns out the engine was revovered at night, rebuilt, renumbered, and the insurance company never found out.

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