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View Poll Results: Which is most likely in the Amtrak Crash? (multiple choice poll)
(Engineer) "does" remember what happened but is saying he doesn't likely to escape trouble... 51 52.04%
(Engineer) is working with ISIS and did this deliberately 4 4.08%
(Engineer) is mentally ill and did this and has no recollection 5 5.10%
This was purely an accident at 106 miles an hour... 11 11.22%
This was an ill-trained Engineer and he did not understand a curve was coming up 9 9.18%
The train malfunctioned and the Engineer could not pull out of the failure 9 9.18%
Amtrak is safe and crashes are rare..Ride the Rails.. 39 39.80%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 98. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-15-2015, 02:03 PM
 
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I'm still unclear about what information the conductor and the dispatchers have. It seems so 1970s to not have a digital HUD display, or LED monitor showing exactly where the train is, how fast it's going, and displays all the cautions, alerts of the tracks ahead. I'd also think there would be an alarm set for when the train goes over a certain speed. A simple GPS system would be very inexpensive to install, especially considering we gave Amtrak $1.3 Billion in the 2009 stimulus bill.
As stated earlier. Central dispatch knows where every train is as well as its speed. Data recorders on board are available to download. The engineer already has the information on speed limits and track work prior to the trip starting.
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Old 05-15-2015, 02:06 PM
 
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Amtrak should be privatized.
No class 1 railroad will take on passenger rail service. It is a money pit.
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Old 05-15-2015, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I'm never right on these guess things but he's from Memphis so he's probably a Democrat. My guess will be, statistics show "Democrats make lousy engineers."
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Old 05-15-2015, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Aztlan
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No class 1 railroad will take on passenger rail service. It is a money pit.
I understand, however I do not support the federal government propping up a dying industry.
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Old 05-15-2015, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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I understand, however I do not support the federal government propping up a dying industry.
Dying industry? Every train I have been on is always packed to the gills in the Northeast corridor. And tickets are not cheap..
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Old 05-15-2015, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Aztlan
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Dying industry? Every train I have been on is always packed to the gills in the Northeast corridor. And tickets are not cheap..
If that is so then there should be no need for Amtrak. A private corporation should be able to provide profitable rail service.
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Old 05-15-2015, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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If that is so then there should be no need for Amtrak. A private corporation should be able to provide profitable rail service.
There's no such thing in the World; should we have private roads too? They cost a $#!tload more in taxpayers money.

In fact I often think they tear up and repave the streets over and over again just to keep workers busy-at least in Philly.
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Old 05-15-2015, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Whoville....
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The Amtrak Engineer Brandon Bostian which is more likely what happened since he says he can't remember the crash.
I just wanted to point out that it's not uncommon for people to not remember a crash. My SIL does not remember the crash that killed her husband. She remembers being on the back of the bike cruising along and then waking up in the hospital. She has no memory of the crash or even the minutes leading up to the crash. It's like someone cut 10 minutes out of her life. So he may be telling the truth about not remembering.

That said I have no idea what happened. He could be lying and he could be telling the truth. It could be an act of terror or it could be an accident. He could be mentally ill or he could be poorly trained. I don't know. I doubt it's an act of terror because no terror group has claimed responsibility.
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Old 05-15-2015, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Aztlan
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There's no such thing in the World; should we have private roads too?
Absolutely we should have private roads. I guarantee that potholes will get fixed much quicker if the owners of a road were getting paid to provide a smooth driving surface.
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Old 05-15-2015, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Absolutely we should have private roads. I guarantee that potholes will get fixed much quicker if the owners of a road were getting paid to provide a smooth driving surface.
Are you kidding me?? Who's going to pay for that quick fix? If you talking about pay /Toll road only throughout USA ..than everyone will have to pay everywhere they go...

BUT we are talking about the rails now...AmTrack is already paying to use existing rails..they get maintained..however..derailment for passenger trains are a higher risk factor..as Things can be replaced..unlike Human beings..Who then is responsible?..passengers pay their ticket prices and expect to reach destination safely, no?...SO now what? This old system is far behind other countries in updating..Back then railroad ties round around sites to adapt to city sprawl...Now high speed rail service is being demanded/expected and realized in many countries ( straight rail path required)..so huge infrastructure expenditure required...Fed's have spent billions++ but that only maintained (IF that)..why mentality of fix/bandaid measures? When it's clear the whole system is becoming obsolete even tho in HIGH demand!!

I also could go into Bridges as well..bandaid fixes..no replacements budgeted for decades++ But that discussion will wait for next Bridge Collapse
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