The NY Times has a standard aerial photo of the site with the positions of the cars & engine superimposed. A long distance from the tracks, except for the last 2-3 cars. Hope the NY Times article is public access http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/13/us/am ... -news&_r=0
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I am usually quiet til official facts are reported, but this just screams speed. The figure, if correct, shows how far the cars moved from the passenger rails on a curve through some vacant land to end up in the freight yard. Totally consistent with Justalurker's message above. I have ridden Amtrak regional over 100 times in that stretch, and from 30th st to just north of this site is always slow - could be some 60 mph stretches near the North Philly station but mostly slower. So I believe the speed from the Amtrak tracker site posted earlier, approximately.
The NY Times figure also shows one car being only a piece of car and bent in half , consistent with above reports of one car destroyed by a cat pole. Let's hope that was the car behind the engine (could have been looking at the NY times graphic) and was closed to passengers due to a light load (although with a reported load of 238 I doubt it).
PS NJT Riverline from Trenton to Camden will be a mob scene tomorrow - it is only a few cars of capacity and I hope some kind of crowd control is on hand.