"A website that collects train location and speed information from Amtrak’s live map said the train was traveling at 81 mph as it neared the curve. Trains are supposed to reduce their speed to 30 mph to negotiate the curve, according to Rachelle Cunningham, a spokeswoman at Sound Transit, which owns the tracks." (The Washington Post)
I wonder if a speed record on the new route was being attempted... Déjà vu of the Titanic on its maiden voyage?
I saw on a video report some railway official stating that the section of track was rated for 79 mph. I wonder if this might be a case of Amtrak saying, "Hey Sound Transit, we would like to use your track after some upgrades." Track owner still rates the section at 30 mph, Amtrak thinks otherwise. Perhaps?
And it looks like from the wreckage photos/video that the train was being pushed from the rear of the train, not pulled from the front. In my model railroad experience, backing up a train is so much easier to derail it. Pulling from the front seems much more reliable in the model world. I am thinking the same is true of real trains.
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