eNewsletter for July 29, 2013

Francisco Jose Garzon Amo the operator of the Spanish train that crashed killing 79 people and injured at least 130 of the 247 on board was recorded telling dispatchers shortly after the crash. ” I’ve derailed, What do I do? What am I supposed to do? I ****ed up. I want to die.” The train in this crash was on a conventional railroad, not a High Speed one. The High Speed Trains of Spain generally operate on brand new exclusive HSR right of ways at speeds over 190 miles per hours. This train is a hybrid train than can operate with electric catenary or diesel power and can run on High Speed standard gauge or conventional Spanish board gauge. The trackage where this crash happened had a top speed of 137 miles per hour and was an improved conventional electrified Spanish Broad Gauge line, not a new High Speed Rail Line. The curve was a 50 mph curve and clearly not built for high speeds. 

July 29, 2013 Part 1  July 29, 2013 Part 2  July 29, 2013 Part 3

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