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Old 07-09-2013, 09:58 AM
 
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Old 07-09-2013, 03:48 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Brakes key in investigation of train explosion in Lac-Megantic - CNN.com
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:23 AM
 
Location: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
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Not enough manual handbrakes engaged.

Chairman Ed Burkhardt: What he said then and now

CBC, The Montreal Gazette, etc. are way ahead of CNN.
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:46 AM
 
Location: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
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Old 07-11-2013, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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I think one problem has literally been a lack of communication. Mr. Burkhardt visited Lac Megantic and talked without having an interpreter.
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:10 PM
 
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I think it is way too soon for them to start blaming the train engineer. That being said, there is a LOT of outrage here about some of his comments. I don't necessarily believe he meant for some comments to be disrespectful but some things sound quite rude to the people here. Why doesn't he have an interpreter? Most people in Lac-Megantic probably cannot understand him, especially with a strong accent. He is a public relations disaster for sure.
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Old 07-11-2013, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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The main line of the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic was once part of the Canadian Pacific's line from Montreal to Saint John.
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Old 07-11-2013, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
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Lac Megantic: Railway's history of cost-cutting | Toronto Star
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Old 07-12-2013, 04:05 AM
 
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I think it is way too soon for them to start blaming the train engineer. .
I'd assume the engineer did everything by the book before leaving the train, i suspect the subsequent fire and actions by the fire department who probably werent familiar with locomotive operation and safety procedures may have led to the train rolling away.
That said the companies practice of leaving 5 locomotives and 72 cars full of hazardous material unattended i find absolutely absurd and irresponsible.
And i hardly think this is the only company that practices minimum crews on trains, in the past i'm sure such a train would have had 2 engineers and probably a couple more employees in a caboose and would never have been left unattended..
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Old 07-12-2013, 04:15 AM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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I don't know, jambo. The fire department should have been able to shut down the locomotive without this happening. Had the engineer/crew set the proper amount of hand brakes, this never would have happened. On 72 cars, on a grade, we're probably looking at applying the hand brakes on 20, possibly 30 cars. There is nothing the FD could have done during their operations that would have caused them to let go.

The air brakes are not the primary means for keeping a train stationary while unattended. If they were, you'd see a locomotive, or some sort of compressor at the head end of every string of cars layed out in a yard.

I can only assume the hand brakes were not set, or, not nearly enough.
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