Thursday, July 25, 2013

Hits too close to home

Sure, GO trains don't travel as fast as the high speed commuter trains in Europe but a crash can happen here.

This video shows the train crash that happened in Spain yesterday, in the the city of Galicia. At least 141 people were injured after the 8-coach long train carrying 218 passengers derailed Wednesday night as it came into a bend.

Just awful. 78 people are dead and the toll is expected to climb.


Fran said...

Oh come on!!!! This would NEVER happen to a GO train. They don't travel faster than 90 kmh and some of the drivers are slower than turtles. Plus... the minute the temp climbs to over 30, we get to crawl the whole way home. Don't use your blog to fear monger. That's just wreckless and dangerous. You should be ashamed of yourself!

C.J. Smith said...

You know this for a fact, Fran?

Pete Campbell (former Bombardier employee and Crazy Train Lurker no more!) said...

GO trains travel faster than 90 km/hr Fran. Do your homework, Fran!

Every train is susceptible to derailment if an engineer is negligent. Where the hell have you been? Did you forget about Lac-Megantic?

Unknown said...

Fran ... derailment can happen at 10km/h simply by a switch being in the wrong position, and an engineer not paying attention, or looking at the wrong spot at the wrong time.

Anonymous said...

LOL at Fear Mongering.

Anonymous said...

pay no attention to Fran she's a little 'wreckless' with her spelling.

Hi from the UK! said...

Here's more on the story. The train was malfunctioning it seems... and yes, that can happen in Canada and anywhere in the world. Sorry Fran. You're a dolt.

Train in Spanish crash was 'travelling at more than double the speed limit'

The train that derailed in Santiago de Compostela on Wednesday evening killing 80 people and leaving more than a hundred injured was reportedly travelling at more than twice the speed limit.

The driver of the train made a panicked phone call moments before the crash saying that the train was going too fast.
"I'm at 190 (kmph) and I'm going to derail!" the engine driver told the controllers of RENFE, the rail network.

Two men were at the controls of the train at the time, and it was not clear who had made the call.

Police sources told Spanish newspaper El Pais that, moments after the crash, the traumatised driver made another call to the operator.

"It derailed!" he said. "What am I going to do, what am I going to do? We are all humans – we're humans. I hope there are no fatalities because it will all be on my conscience."

Both the drivers escaped the crash with minor injuries.

The carriages careened off the tracks at a curve approaching the station at Santiago where the limit is set at 80 km per hour (50mph).

Anonymous said...

Um... may want to re-think your headline, maybe? Just a bit.

C.J. Smith said...

The train didn't hit my home so I think we're good here.

calvinhc said...

Fran said, "They don't travel faster than 90 kmh..."

Not very often, but they can. The MP40 locomotives have a top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph). Back in the days of the F59PH locomotives, their top speed was 130 km/h (83 mph) and it was not uncommon for a westbound train to reach this speed between Scarborough and Danforth stations.

Anonymous said...

I don't know of any line where a GO train goes over 100km/h (60mph).
LS line top speed sign is 110.
Most European trains travel at 200plus

Only way a GO Train could crash would be sabotage of stupidity