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asull85 wrote:The trains aren't going anywhere.That cold be read in either of two ways...
dowlingm wrote:Good luck getting a personal injury trial lawyer representing the folks in the Cascades wreck that Amtrak weren't negligent by failing to wait for PTC to be fully operational there. This is surely influencing Amtrak thinking.The fact of the Cascades crash does not predict a Vermonter crash,or indeed even another Cascades crash. I would wager any amount of money that someone traveling today from St. Albans to Washington is safer on the Vermonter than on the highway. Anderson should be terminated.
asull85 wrote:It's all scare tactics. The trains aren't going anywhere.I agree, as I usually do with asull85. This is a negotiating ploy, etc... That said, after Cascades, and now Cayce, they seriously want this done so they can reduce exposure to negligence claims.
Allouette wrote:The rock slide a couple of years ago involved a slab from the side of a cut opened in 1848. There had never been a slide there before, so no reason for a slide fence.A Slide Fence at every rock cut SLOW ORDER section is the highest priority on the Vermonter route. The eternal temporary slow orders are the greatest source of constant late arrival of the southbound Vermonter at Massachusetts "Knowledge Corridor" stations. The situation is so bad WMass Rail Advocate; Ben Heckscher drove 3 hours each way to Montpelier, VT to speak at the quarterly meeting of the Vermont Rail Council. https://trainsinthevalley.org/2016/08/2 ... ways-late/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Palmer5RR wrote:If there hasn't been a rock slide before the Oct 2015 incident why have the slow orders been imposed since?Preparing for the last war. This has become the new norm where no amount of evidence can convince regulators, or in this case G&W, that some things only happen once. Even if another slab went down the slope, the likelihood of it a) being the same size or larger, or b) landing in exactly the same place, is very, very small. Much smaller than the likelihood of someone driving a truck (or, in the most recent case, towing a jeep) across the tracks at train time.