AUGUST 3, 1994 - TRAIN #49

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AUGUST 3, 1994 - TRAIN #49

Postby shlustig » Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:43 am

Happened to come across the NTSB Railroad Accident Report covering the derailment of the westbound Lake Shore Limited near Batavia, NY on 8/3/94.

There were no fatalities; 108 pax & 10 crew injured.

Train was moving at track speed 79mph when 14 cars of the 18-car consist derailed. Probable cause was wheel / rail interface on a flattened rail head with the culprit being an empty material-handling car. The line is on a fill and the rear 9 cars (including a dome coach) went down the embankment. Initial derailment occurred about 3 miles before the general derailment site which was at a CP, and one of the signal bridges at the CP dropped onto a couple of the derailed cars.
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Re: AUGUST 3, 1994 - TRAIN #49

Postby Alcochaser » Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:20 am

Yes the infamous Batavia wreck

https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/Acc ... AR9602.pdf

Much attention was placed on the empty MHCs at the head end of the train. Considering the problems found with the MHCs later on it is very interesting.
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Re: AUGUST 3, 1994 - TRAIN #49

Postby electricron » Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:47 am

Don't place all the blame for the derailment on the MHC car, a significant share of the cause was the flattened rail head. If the rails were in great shape, the MHC car would not have derailed.
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Re: AUGUST 3, 1994 - TRAIN #49

Postby MACTRAXX » Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:11 pm

Everyone:

There are videos posted about the 1994 Lake Shore Limited wreck at Batavia,NY at YouTube:

Enter "Amtrak 49 Train Derailment Batavia,NY 1994" in the search bar...

Examples: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4BONMh52ao
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_rOGQqvO7A

Scott Alexander posted four videos of the wreck:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghglyzswfhU
This is part one - the links to the other three are listed alongside...

Hard to believe this wreck occurred 23 years ago today...

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