Nov. 1, 1918: Malbone Street Wreck

June 28, 2009 0

Nov. 1, 1918: A Brooklyn Rapid Transit Co. train crashes after taking a curve too fast underneath the intersection of Malbone Street and Flathbush and Ocean avenues. In all, 97 people are killed in the wreck known as the Malbone Street Wreck. Instead of taking the curve at 6 mph, the train is traveling between 30 mph and 40 mph. The elevated train, consisting of five cars constructed primarily of wood, entered the tunnel portal beneath Malbone Street, negotiating a curve designated to be taken at 6 mph at a speed estimated at between 30 and 40 mph. The trailing

Hiroshima: Streetcar system like taking a step back in time

June 25, 2009 Todd DeFeo 0

HIROSHIMA, Japan – My friends and I walked to the streetcar terminus, certain of which trolley to board. An agent approached us to help; he didn’t speak English, and we didn’t speak Japanese. So, we reverted to the international language: We pointed to our destination on the map. Once he realized that the trolley we needed to take was boarding and about to depart, he began excitedly gesturing for us to board. We did, and the streetcar soon pulled away from the station. The streetcar rumbled through the city’s streets, completing the scene of a modern Japanese city. Over the

WMATA: Track Circuits to be Inspected, Trains Operate in Manual Mode

WASHINGTON — An estimated 3,000 signaling circuits in the Metro system are being inspected in the wake of Monday’s deadly Red Line collision, Metro general manager John Catoe told board members at their monthly meeting (June 25). “We do not know if the circuits had anything to do with this accident, but we won’t just sit back and wait for someone to tell us,” said Catoe. “We’re going to be proactive and get out there to test all of them.” Metro safety and operations officials are working hand-in-hand with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to investigate the cause of

DC Train Crash Investigators Focus on Automated System

June 25, 2009 Voice of America 0

Investigators looking into Monday’s subway accident in Washington are examining the automated system that was apparently in control of the train that crashed into another train, killing nine people. National Transportation Safety Board investigator Debbie Hersman told reporters Wednesday that the computer-operated system is designed to maintain space between trains and stop them in emergency situations. Examining switches on tracks She said investigators are examining switches in the tracks and other automated systems that send signals to the trains. Hersman says they will also pump air through the brakes of the train to determine how they were functioning at the

Washington Metro: Two Red Line Trains Collide, Fatalities Reported

WASHINGTON — Two six-car Red Line trains collided at 5 p.m. Monday, June 22, leaving four people dead, including a female train operator. In addition, there were a number of injuries reported, many serious. According to authorities, one train rear-ended the other. The operator who was killed in the crash was on the trailing train. “We are extremely saddened that there are fatalities as a result of this accident, which has touched our Metro family. We hope to have more details about the casualties later today. Our safety officials are investigating, and will continue to investigate until we determine why

LaHood Announces Guidelines for Receiving Economic Recovery Funds for High-Speed Rail

WASHINGTON — The Department of Transportation moved another step closer to realizing President Obama’s vision for high-speed rail in America today, publishing guidelines for states and regions to apply for federal funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. “The time has finally come for the United States to get serious about building a national network of high-speed rail corridors we can all be proud of,” Secretary Ray LaHood said. “High-speed rail can reduce traffic congestion and link up with light rail, subways and buses to make travel more convenient and our communities more livable.” The historic commitment

Genesee & Wyoming to Discontinue Operations of Huron Central Railway

GREENWICH, Conn. — Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (GWI) announced that its subsidiary Huron Central Railway Inc. (HCRY) intends to discontinue operations. The downturn in the economy has caused the Huron Central’s traffic to decline substantially over the last 12 months, to the point that the railroad is not economically viable to operate for the long term, officials said. HCRY has operated the 173-mile railroad from Sudbury to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, under a lease agreement with Canadian Pacific Railway since 1997. The companies are working closely together and with customers to effect an orderly cessation of operations. HCRY will cease

Amtrak Heartland Flyer 10th Anniversary

FORT WORTH – Communities along the Oklahoma City-Fort Worth route of the state-supported Amtrak Heartland Flyer will celebrate the 10th anniversary of daily passenger rail service on June 12 and 13 and Amtrak is offering a special anniversary fare promotion. “The Heartland Flyer achieves its high marks in ridership due to the public’s love for the train and the continued support from Governor Brad Henry, the Oklahoma legislature and our partners in Texas and at Amtrak,” said Gary Ridley, Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation. “TxDOT considers it a privilege to be connected to such an important element of the country’s rail

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