Amtrak Sideswipe at Bridgeport

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twropr
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Amtrak Sideswipe at Bridgeport

Post by twropr » Fri Oct 21, 2011 10:14 pm

On Oct. 11 Amtrak #306 came into Chicago with collision damage on its 2nd-3rd-4th coaches. It had crossed over from TK 1 to TK 2 at Bridgeport to run around M336. The damaged cars had made contact with the last car in M336's train.
What is not clear is whether the switch at Bridgeport moved as #306 was passing through or whether the engineer on M336 released the brakes, allowing the slack to run out and the rear of his train to strike #306. Any comments???

litz
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Re: Amtrak Sideswipe at Bridgeport

Post by litz » Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:46 pm

Your article is really old, but as it was never answered, this probably will shed light on the answer you desire :

http://www.subchat.com/readflat.asp?Id= ... =1#1244437" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

(as luck - or lack thereof - would have it, Tuch was the engineer on the freight train in question ...)

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Re: Amtrak Sideswipe at Bridgeport

Post by talltim » Thu Jul 31, 2014 7:29 am

So although the Amtrak engineer had been given permission to use the crossover, didn't he (she?) think that the clearance between the last car of the freight and their train looked a bit tight, even if they wouldn't have been able to stop in time to do anything about it?
Tim David

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