Being a railfan for quite a number of years, I can assure you I understand a lot more about what is going on (on PATH and the NYC Subway) than you think.
Allan wrote:PATH will call it mechanical failure. My feeling is human failure. Believe what you will.
My belief is that someone who has no clue what their talking about, by their own admission, is intentionally slandering an engineer based on no evidence other than their own observations from an earlier time without any understanding of what was actually happening when those observations were made. Your obviously a troll and I would encourage other users to ignore your inflammatory post.
I'm a railfan, but I'm also an aviation fan and pilot. One thing I've learned is that even someone who knows what they're talking about when it comes to aviation can't make an informed guess as to what caused a particular aviation accident without having all the facts, and this is with a far greater background than 99% of all serious aviation fans. One of my hobbies is studying accident investigations, and almost without exception, all accidents have a chain of events leading up to the accident in that no single event caused the accident.
I imagine this unfortunate event is no different than any of the other number accident investigations I've studied. It may very well involve some operator error, but given that PATH has to follow FRA regulations (from what I understand), and knowing about the various safety systems that exist on the railroad, I doubt the engineer was doing anything that he felt would put the train and passengers in danger. Least of all the engineer himself, who, like an airline pilot, is the "first to arrive at the accident scene".
Let's see if we can wait for the accident investigation facts to arrive before making assumptions or passing judgement.