Clearly the curve is an issue and railroad technical engineers said no more than 30 mph.
This project was to help the local commuter agency, Sound Transit, but also Amtrak in bypassing a much longer and slower coast line route in that area. It received federal money towards that end.
The lead engine was a brand new Siemens Charger. It stopped upright on the freeway.
USA passenger trains use tightlock couplers. But this was a TALGO so it is "permanently" coupled together, excepting at the engines(which is a tightlock coupling). Your model trains don't have tightlocks.
Train engineers must be qualified to operate over new tracks. With a curve like that, it's a big question why the engineer forgot the speed restriction, even if he didn't see the advance speed restriction signage.
The Amtrak engineers would also have received training in the new Chargers.
This was done before the line carried it's first paying passengers.
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