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Robbman

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Re: CSX dodged the bullet on this one.
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2014, 06:59:28 PM »
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Wonder if that was the front or rear of the train (the buffer car is why I ask)

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Re: CSX dodged the bullet on this one.
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2014, 07:08:58 PM »
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Anyone else noticed that the article called the buffer Airslide a boxcar?  But then again, reporters don't care.

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Re: CSX dodged the bullet on this one.
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2014, 07:49:28 PM »
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Wonder if that was the front or rear of the train (the buffer car is why I ask)

I kinda think it was trailing. I think this because of the misplaced truck under the "so called boxcar"  :facepalm:  :D

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Re: CSX dodged the bullet on this one.
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2014, 08:11:24 PM »
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Interesting.  I was in Philly for the first time last August and I believe they were doing trackwork at this very location.  (Not that that means anything.)

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Re: CSX dodged the bullet on this one.
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2014, 10:07:34 AM »
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Is there always a buffer on the rear of these in the US? There seems to be no requirement here (Canada) as I've seen far more without one at each end than with.
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Re: CSX dodged the bullet on this one.
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2014, 01:39:27 PM »
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 From the article : 


Seven cars of the 101-car freight train derailed on the Schuylkill Arsenal Railroad Bridge where it crosses over the Schuylkill River, according to CSX spokesman Gary Sease. Six cars carried crude oil, but no leaking was reported. Another car contained sand, he said

Maybe they carry sand now in a car to suck any future spill ...
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Re: CSX dodged the bullet on this one.
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2014, 01:58:42 PM »
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Interesting.  My guess is that it makes a better buffer car: the sand helps to take up kinetic energy in the event of a (low speed) collision.

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Re: CSX dodged the bullet on this one.
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2014, 03:35:59 PM »
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I think they often end up with buffers at both ends on NS to account for helpers. I'm not sure about CSX.

I also think there's probably something to having a car a ready at both ends to facilitate quick turnarounds at loading and unloading facilities.

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Re: CSX dodged the bullet on this one.
« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2014, 09:01:54 PM »
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Just the other month I made a comment about how the crude oil traffice has greatly increased through Phila and the increased risk. At this rate it's only a matter of time, before a signifigant event happens here in the US, or major regulation changes get forced upon the railroad, or both.

The NTSB is already on the hunt, (not suprising) and crap like this gives them more momentum:

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Oil-Train-Crash-Risks-Major-Loss-of-Life-NTSB-241671071.html

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Re: CSX dodged the bullet on this one.
« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2014, 09:47:45 PM »
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Went railfanning yesterday with the boy while the wife was at a doctor's appointment.  Saw an oil can train roll through town, quite a few of the tanks were retrofitted with "armor" plates, its what I'm calling them, on the ends of the tanks.  Probably part of the "fix" for the cars in case of derailment.