RE: [FJGRailroad] Amsterdam Wreck
- That is exactly what I thought.
>From: "Stephen G. Myers" <Knixrule1@...>
>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
>On Fri, 14 Oct 2005 13:29:32 -0400 Gino's Railpage
> > 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.)
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