Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

RE: [FJGRailroad] Amsterdam Wreck

Expand Messages
  • joseph Klapkowski
    That is exactly what I thought.
    Message 1 of 5 , Oct 14, 2005
    • 0 Attachment
      That is exactly what I thought.


      >From: "Stephen G. Myers" <Knixrule1@...>
      >Reply-To: FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com
      >To: FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com
      >Subject: [FJGRailroad] Amsterdam Wreck
      >Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2005 13:35:48 -0400
      >
      >
      >I read this and if I were not a railroad employee I would think that the
      >cause of the derailment was "driver" failure or drug and alcohol induced.
      > Very poor reporting. The cause was most likely a journal bearing
      >failure!
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >On Fri, 14 Oct 2005 13:29:32 -0400 Gino's Railpage
      ><fjgrailroad@...> writes:
      > > Albany train wreck snarls service
      > >
      > > AMSTERDAM, N.Y. -- A CSX freight train derailed in this
      > > city's
      > > downtown Wednesday morning (Oct. 12), sending 18 cars off the
      > > tracks
      > > including one that landed partially in the Mohawk River,
      > > authorities
      > > told the Albany Times Union.
      > > The 84-car train mangled east- and west-bound tracks when it
      > > jumped the rails at 8:20 a.m., sending boxcars slamming into each
      > > other and forcing suspension of all freight and passenger rail
      > > traffic
      > > between Albany and Syracuse. Several of the cars narrowly missed a
      > > warehouse owned by Terleckey Brothers, a local trucking and tire
      > > firm.
      > >
      > > The cars that derailed were from the middle of the train,
      > > which
      > > originated in Cincinnati, and the two-member crew was unharmed. The
      > > train was bound for the Selkirk yard just south of Albany.
      > >
      > > A data recorder was retrieved from the train and
      > > investigators
      > > will use it to try to determine what caused the wreck. "That
      > > information will be downloaded very soon," CSX spokesman Maurice
      > > O'Connell said.
      > >
      > > He said the engineer would be tested for alcohol and drug
      > > consumption as investigators search for a cause of the derailment,
      > > which occurred at a switching point on the eastbound tracks in this
      > > Montgomery County city.
      > >
      > > The cause of the derailment remained under investigation, and
      > > CSX officials are expected to probe possible driver error, flaws in
      > > the tracks or some other problem.
      > >
      > > Ten of the cars that derailed were empty, including the car
      > > that
      > > landed in the river. That car contained a residue of ignet, a
      > > powdery
      > > substance O'Connell likened to aluminum. Department of
      > > Environmental
      > > Conservation officials said there was no risk of contamination from
      > > the car that landed in the river.
      > >
      > > Other cars contained loads of the nontoxic powder, wood pulp
      > > and
      > > soy bean oil, officials said.
      > >
      > > The derailment was the first in recent memory in Amsterdam.
      > > The
      > > accident is dwarfed by a derailment that occurred in Fonda in
      > > December
      > > 1995, when 51 cars were knocked off the rails. One of those had
      > > been
      > > carrying sodium hydroxide that spilled into nearby farmland and
      > > forced
      > > the evacuation of homes.
      > >
      > > "We were very lucky. This could have been a passenger train,"
      > > Battalion Chief Walter Martin of the Amsterdam Fire Department said
      > > as
      > > he watched CSX cranes pull the mangled cars from the tracks.
      > >
      > > Once the cars were pulled from the tracks, O'Connell said CSX
      > > would repair the rails and hoped to have service restored by this
      > > morning.
      > >
      > > Amtrak suspended most upstate service and bused 917
      > > passengers
      > > whose trains were stranded on either side of the derailment. The
      > > effort was intended to allow the passengers to connect with trains
      > > in
      > > Syracuse and Rensselaer, said James Turngren, Amtrak's district
      > > superintendent for the Empire Corridor.
      > >
      > > The derailment affected some service between Rensselaer and
      > > Albany on Wednesday because cars and engines that normally would
      > > have
      > > made up those trains were trapped on the other side of the state,
      > > Turngren explained.
      > >
      > > While the railroad was hoping to run most morning trains
      > > between
      > > Rensselaer and New York City today, some trains would be canceled.
      > > Turngren said the railroad was in the process of calling as many
      > > customers with reserved seats as possible to update them on
      > > schedule
      > > changes.
      > >
      > > Turngren said Amtrak hopes to resume all regular service by
      > > Saturday.
      > >
      > > The derailment occurred in an industrialized section of
      > > Amsterdam, just east of the Route 30 bridge that connects Amsterdam
      > > to
      > > Interstate 90.
      > >
      > > Steve Terleckey and Mary McDowell were working in the office
      > > at
      > > Terleckey's firm when the train derailed. Despite the proximity to
      > > the
      > > crash, they both said they didn't realize that the sound they had
      > > heard emanated from the derailment. Trains routinely pass
      > > unnoticed.
      > >
      > > Terleckey said he thought what he had heard was the sound of
      > > the
      > > train slowing down. "It didn't sound terribly different," he said.
      > > They resumed work but then someone came in to tell them a train had
      > > derailed outside, McDowell said.
      > >
      > > "I went out to have a look. What a terrible mess," she said.
      > >
      > > (This item appeared in the Albany Times Union Oct. 13, 2005.)
      > >
      > >
      > > ------------------------ Yahoo! Groups Sponsor
      > >
    Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.