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Sand Box John wrote: They had to assemble a teem from the shop with the needed tools to disconnect the remaining cables and hoses. Disconnect those cables and hoses. Couple a rescue train to the east end of the train and pull it to Falls Church Yard, Couple another rescue train to the west end and push it to Falls Church Yard.Yep. The only thing that happened differently was that the lead 5 cars self-recovered to WFC Yard. Two rescue trains were used to pick up the passengers from both ends of the train due to the gap at the pull-apart.
Sand Box John wrote:"R36 Combine Coach"I saw on a BART train, they have a way to walk between the cars. Unfortunately, Metro did not design their railcars this way.
It has happened on BART as well.
Actually no. This was a failure of a drawbar between a married pair. Bart does not operated trains composed of married pairs.
Like bart, WMATA has had several break aparts involving failures in their automatic couplers, this wasn't one of them.
JDC wrote: ↑Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:06 pm We now know the cause for why a married pair of cars separated on the Silver line back in Aug. 2018. (https://wtop.com/tracking-metro-24-7/20 ... -railcars/) According to the WTOP story, it was "because the agency was using the wrong parts, installing parts that were used incorrectly, and not checking to ensure things were done right." https://wtop.com/tracking-metro-24-7/20 ... on-tracks/. The story has some great photos showing the incorrect type of bolts used to hold the married pair together, which failed and they separated as the train approach McLean station.Here's the full WMATA SAFE report which this article quotes https://wmsc.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/today.pdf