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KingCoal
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Train wreck in Texas
 
« on: Jun 28th, 2016, 2:36pm »
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Panhandle, Texas
UPDATE 12:41 p.m. - Rescue operations are still ongoing at the scene. Residents in the southeast quadrant of Panhandle are being evacuated at this time. Officials on scene say smoke and fire remain as the largest concerns, not any hazardous material in the area.
 
The FAA has shut down the immediate air space over the area.
 
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Rescue crews are still searching for three railroad employees missing after a head-on collision involving two freight trains caused several box cars to derail and erupt in flames in Panhandle, Texas, near Amarillo on Tuesday.
 
Officials in Panhandle ordered an evacuation of nearby areas out of concern the flames would cause a fast-moving grass fire, the Amarillo Globe-News reported. According to weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce, the area is not currently considered to be in a drought stage.
 
 
Officials also asked residents to curtail water use because the water supply is being depleted by firefighters at the scene, according to KVII-TV in Amarillo.
 
BNSF Railway spokesman Joe Faust said each train was carrying two crew members. He says one man jumped before the trains collided and is being treated at a hospital. The extent of his injuries is unknown.
 
It's not clear how fast the trains were traveling when they collided, but the speed limit in that area is 70 mph, Faust said. It also wasn't clear why the trains were on the same track.  
 
Billy Brown, a farmer who lives in the area, told the Associated Press that he saw a fireball erupt after the collision.  
 two freight trains are on fire Tuesday, June 28, 2016, after they collided and derailed near Panhandle, Texas. Texas Department of Public Safety Lt. Bryan Witt says the accident occurred Tuesday morning near the town of Panhandle, about 25 miles northeast of Amarillo. (Billy B. Brown via AP)
"I don't know how anyone survived," Brown said. "It's terrible. I've seen a number of train wrecks but I've never seen one like this."
 
Angel Waltz was having coffee on her front porch at the Country Sunset RV Park when she heard screeching sounds and saw the two trains collide head-on, she told the Amarillo Globe-News. The concussion of the explosions shook the grounds and all the trailers, Waltz said.
 
The accident happened near the town of Panhandle, about 25 miles northeast of Amarillo, according to Texas Department of Public Safety Lt. Bryan Witt. The collision, which happened about 8:40 a.m., involved two BNSF freight trains, BNSF Railway spokesman Joe Faust said.
 
 


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Re: Train wreck in Texas
 
« Reply #1 on: Jun 30th, 2016, 9:04pm »
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From looking at a couple of the videos and also over-head imagery, looks like it is in an area with two mains plus a siding.  Suspect the west-bound was supposed to be on one track, east-bound on the other main and somehow, they both wound up on the same track and nobody noticed. CTC Dispatcher error? Somebody ran a red? Both? Recently retired engineer I know says his bet is somebody was asleep instead of watchful. Videos look to me as if the only thing burning is locomotive diesel, not that there wouldn't be plenty of it.

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« Reply #2 on: Jul 1st, 2016, 5:56pm »
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From looking at news photos and google maps;  The location is about one mile or less east of the city of Panhandle itself.  Their city hall was the AT&SF station.  
 
Looking at the BNSF division maps and timetables (these were available on line in 2011), the speed limit is 70 mph for freights, it is double track  This is near the southwest end of the Panhandle Subdivision of the Kansas division.  Panhandle is at milepost 526.0.  The railroad was straight for miles in both directions.


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« Reply #3 on: Jul 4th, 2016, 11:38pm »
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on Jul 1st, 2016, 5:56pm, George_Harris wrote:       (Click here for original message)
From looking at news photos and google maps;  The location is about one mile or less east of the city of Panhandle itself.  Their city hall was the AT&SF station.  
 
Looking at the BNSF division maps and timetables (these were available on line in 2011), the speed limit is 70 mph for freights, it is double track  This is near the southwest end of the Panhandle Subdivision of the Kansas division.  Panhandle is at milepost 526.0.  The railroad was straight for miles in both directions.  

 
Pretty much so. Not only straight, but flat. And in daylight, no rain or fog.
 
One thing I predict - NTSB will mention that it could have been prevented by PTC. Which BN-SF is apparently planning to apply, but hasn't happened yet.


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« Reply #4 on: Feb 19th, 2017, 5:47pm »
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Gig Em'  !!!
 
Clifton, Texas is dedicating a restoration of the old Santa Fe (GC&SF originally) depot and a railroad museum within it on May 6th. More info in "Preservation" forum.
 
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