|safe_image for AIR7 flies over the 26-car train derailment in Roanoke Co.|
[They are sending some black plumes of coal down the river. "Out of an abundance of caution, Salem is currently withdrawing water from groundwater wells and not the Roanoke River until the water samples from the river can be collected and analyzed. The City has sufficient back-up water resources and no disruptions to service are anticipated."]
Kyle Sparks: Wake up. PSR and the FRA turning the blind eye and granting waiver after waiver is causing this. There are more and more big derailments despite more technology. PSR is jeopardizing public safety. Longer trains and less and less inspections.
Steven Monteiro: Lots of track patrolling has been cut off on the railroad.
Mark Walls: PTC is taking the maintenance out of everything!
Ralph H. White: Dustin Pope After 3 3/4 years of lax enforcement and rule changes by the FRA it is bound to start showing up. "Reduce regulations, reduce regulations cut business loose" . Sound familiar? Engineer 78-18, I saw it all before. More than once!
Stephen Warner: Looks like an open or ballast deck trestle on the Virginian line, not the N&W. Could also have been a broken rail, or a pier undermined by all the water/flooding lately. Will they replace it, or abandon it and route everything over the N&W to the NV connection back to the VGN east of Salem? Reminds me of a similar one in the late 70's that I went to over the Black Warrior River on SR's Northern Alabama RR line. A through truss had a hanger break and all the loaded Big Reds went into the river. Ultrasonic inspection found more cracked hangers in the trestle (grease coating of steel trestles stopped after that since one could not visually see this). SR replaced all the through truss's after that.
|Kevin Cooper commented on a share|
Luckily the water won't too deep, we got her cleaned up quick but rebuilding the bridge might take a while.