That Positive Train Control Mechanism That Progs Keep Citing as Their Proof the Derailment Was Caused by Republicans...? It *Was* Installed on the Train, Just Not Turned On

It costs $15 billion in stimulus to turn something on or something.

The speed of the Amtrak train that crashed and killed at least eight people surged from 70mph to 106mph just seconds before it derailed, it has been revealed.

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It has also been claimed that 'Positive Train Control' - used to slow the train down - was actually installed but wasn't turned on, leading to the fatalities and more than 200 injuries.


The agency are trying to figure out whether he increased the speed of the train manually

Bostian complained that the technology to stop accidents had been around for 80 years but was not widely installed - including on the curve where he crashed.

His lawyers have said he does not remember anything of the crash.

...

The Federal Communication Commission has spent $110million on the system, and are now trying to figure out why it hadn't been turned on.

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Over the years Bostian made dozens of posts on industry website Trainorders.com that were linked to him by the New York Times. The forum confirmed he had made them.

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NTSB board member Robert Sumwalt said it was unclear whether Bostian had manually increased the speed - but insisted he was the only one who could have done it.

However he doesn't think he did it deliberately. He said: 'If we thought that, we wouldn't be here, because that would be a criminal act.

'And we don't investigate criminal acts.'

Well, someone increased the train's speed from 70 mph to 107 mph, just in front of a deadly sharp curve.

It's not as if we've never seen someone deliberately crash a passenger vehicle. It just happened over France.


And If This All Wasn't Suspcious Enough Already... Weird thing -- the Positive Train Control was installed and was active -- on the other side of the curve.

That is, had this engineer been going north to south, he could not have derailed the train, as this PCT would have prevented him. (Assuming the PCT couldn't be disabled by a saboteur -- which I actually don't assume.)

If I understand this right, the only direction one could derail the train due to "human error" was in the south to north direction.


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1 Ooopsie?

Posted by: Stateless Infidel at May 15, 2015 02:03 PM (AC0lD)

2 Plot twist!

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:03 PM (AkOaV)

3 Only 15 billion? Pikers

Posted by: Roman Maroni at May 15, 2015 02:04 PM (vCA4F)

4 The "I don't remember the accident" excuse is kind of... uh... a big red flag, no?

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:04 PM (AkOaV)

5 Unless there is clear forensic evidence to incriminate him, he will walk with the amnesia defense.

Posted by: mjb at May 15, 2015 02:04 PM (YtWJn)

6 Or are they going with the Anthony Weiner #hacked excuse?

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:04 PM (AkOaV)

7 So who's going to kill more of us?


Progressives and their policies or Islamic terrorists?


Remember, you're going to be living under ObamaCare soon. Take that into account for your answer.

Posted by: Stateless Infidel at May 15, 2015 02:04 PM (AC0lD)

8 Positive train control increases speed.
Negative train control was underfunded by Republicans

Posted by: Roman Maroni at May 15, 2015 02:04 PM (vCA4F)

9 As I've been saying, you could make a GPS-based system that wouldn't need any new wireless frequencies. Sounds like another central-planning boondoggle.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at May 15, 2015 02:05 PM (oVJmc)

10 F'ed up suicide/mass murder.

Posted by: Prius Bitch at May 15, 2015 02:05 PM (fWAjv)

11 It costs $15 billion in stimulus to turn something on

Couldn't you just flash your boobs?

Posted by: HR braucht ein Bier at May 15, 2015 02:05 PM (ZKzrr)

12 Progressives and their policies or Islamic terrorists?

Cause and effect.

Posted by: wrg500 at May 15, 2015 02:05 PM (sgrzZ)

13 High OnSpeed Rail will bring clean energy and water from Canada! 11!

Posted by: OG Celtic-American at May 15, 2015 02:05 PM (Y2eQR)

14 off sock

Posted by: RWC - Team BOHICA at May 15, 2015 02:06 PM (fWAjv)

15 "It has also been claimed that 'Positive Train Control' - used to slow the train down - was actually installed but wasn't turned on, leading to the fatalities and more than 200 injuries.
"

No, the engineer accelerating to 107 lead to fatalities and more than 200 injuries.

Also, said engineer had previously bemouned the lack of the PTC. Why, it almost seems someone was trying to prove a point, no?

Posted by: Lauren at May 15, 2015 02:06 PM (3ztc7)

16 ...Casey Jones you'd better WATCH YOUR SPEED.... trouble ahead... trouble behind....

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:06 PM (AkOaV)

17 The train driver is starting to sound more and more like the pilot of Germanwings flight 9525.

Posted by: Robinson at May 15, 2015 02:06 PM (+exqw)

18 You can buy a new car that brakes before you hit a brick wall, but it takes
millions of dollars to slow a train?

Posted by: Roman Maroni at May 15, 2015 02:06 PM (vCA4F)

19 Well, someone increased the train's speed from 70 mph to 107 mph, just in front of a deadly sharp curve.
It's not as if we've never seen someone deliberately crash a passenger vehicle. It just happened over France.


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I put this theory out two days ago. Y'all are late.

Posted by: Soona at May 15, 2015 02:06 PM (/HX7u)

20 'tis still the republicans fault because the FCC is a dysfunctional federal agency due to the 3-3 split between Dem and GOP. Every vote is deadlocked along party lines and nothing can be done.

So the FCC permitting process is deadlocked, and AMTRAK couldn't get a permit to turn on the very new, very untested, very high bandwidth system that costs billions and no one knows if it will work because it hasn't been turned on yet.

So it's the fault of the GOP because democrats are progressive and believe in Science!

Posted by: Allan Keylester at May 15, 2015 02:07 PM (xpyse)

21 He choked the chicken and fell on the handle.

Posted by: freaked at May 15, 2015 02:07 PM (bmwO/)

22 "His lawyers have said he does not remember anything of the crash."


Oooh, let's hijack this thread to see if we can come up with More Likely Excuses For The Amtrak Train Engineer Than "I Don't Remember Anything"!

My submission:

Amtrak Engineer: "I had been transported through a wormhole in space to Ceti Alpha 6 just prior to the collision, and was being anal-probed by Green Alien Bitches".

Posted by: Sharkman at May 15, 2015 02:07 PM (72D6h)

23 Whoever put tat "Black Angel" short film link in the sidebar, I want my 27 minutes back. Now. Or I will fight you. Slaps only. Faces not allowed.

Posted by: Dang at May 15, 2015 02:07 PM (XWo4d)

24 70 mph to 107 mph


In 90 seconds. Pedal to the metal so to speak

Posted by: wrg500 at May 15, 2015 02:08 PM (sgrzZ)

25
Maybe the FCC things that ATC means Alex The Chick, so naturally they didn't want to turn it on.

QED.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at May 15, 2015 02:08 PM (St6BJ)

26 Well, someone increased the train's speed from 70 mph to 107 mph, just in front of a deadly sharp curve.

It was the Republicans!

Posted by: The Media at May 15, 2015 02:08 PM (LaRWY)

27 Not to be too niggling on the topic.

But, the crashing of a vehicle did not take place over France.

It took place into France.
At the face of a French mountain.

Maybe instead of "niggling" I should have said "put a fine point on it".

Who knows.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 15, 2015 02:08 PM (VPLuQ)

28
things = thinks.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at May 15, 2015 02:08 PM (St6BJ)

29 Hard to hit the brakes when you're light in the loafers.

Posted by: Reggie Lionel Love at May 15, 2015 02:09 PM (gwG9s)

30 27 Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 15, 2015 02:08 PM (VPLuQ)


Niggling? Oh boy!!!

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at May 15, 2015 02:09 PM (St6BJ)

31 Amtrak Engineer: " I just received a text that my family was being held hostage by anti-Railers and that as I lack a certain skill set I had to crash the train or they would all be sold as Panda meat in Beijing."

Posted by: OG Celtic-American at May 15, 2015 02:09 PM (Y2eQR)

32 You can buy a new car that brakes before you hit a brick wall, but it takes
millions of dollars to slow a train?


Posted by: Roman Maroni

More wheels. Trains have a tone of them. Too many to count accurately in most cases.

Posted by: Dang, holding a clipboard at May 15, 2015 02:09 PM (XWo4d)

33 The Federal Communication Commission has spent $110million on the system, and are now trying to figure out why it hadn't been turned on.



It was .gov! What could have gone wrong!!

Posted by: RWC - Team BOHICA at May 15, 2015 02:09 PM (fWAjv)

34 As I've been saying, you could make a GPS-based system that wouldn't need any new wireless frequencies. Sounds like another central-planning boondoggle.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel


Boop.

Posted by: satellite with long-ass extension cord at May 15, 2015 02:09 PM (uctT+)

35 We tried to warn you.

Posted by: Jan and Dean at May 15, 2015 02:09 PM (K+ooo)

36 Because we need more funding so that we can buy the "On" switch for the automatic track control system.

Posted by: Mikey NTH - The Outrage Outlet Buy A Malediction, Get an Imaginary Insult Half Off! at May 15, 2015 02:09 PM (hLRSq)

37 It seems the preferred spin is that we didn't spend some vague amount of money that would remove all risk and make things fool-(and evil-)proof.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at May 15, 2015 02:09 PM (oVJmc)

38 Story keeps getting weirder.

Posted by: Lizzy at May 15, 2015 02:09 PM (2TN4k)

39 Suicide by train.. naah.. could never happen.. suicide by plane? Oh yeah!

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at May 15, 2015 02:09 PM (so+oy)

40 Posted by: wrg500 at May 15, 2015 02:08 PM (sgrzZ)

...Exactly. That's not a "oops!" type thing.

Especially considering he got it up to 100+ mph, then essentially pulled the e-brake in the middle of the turn.

Almost seems intentional, no?

But he had to know that the engineer almost always survives train wrecks unless its a head on collision. It's the people in the last few cars who usually get fucked.

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:09 PM (AkOaV)

41 LOL, too bad it's funny that this caused deaths.

Posted by: Draki at May 15, 2015 02:09 PM (0eidE)

42 That's what I think. Intentional

Posted by: ThunderB at May 15, 2015 02:09 PM (zOTsN)

43 Mitt Romney has given all kinds of folks cancer. Maybe he gave this fella a brain tumor which caused him to suddenly black out while accelerating around a curve?

I mean, it has to be a Republican's fault somehow, and that's about as plausible as anything else...

Posted by: Jenny Hates Her Phone at May 15, 2015 02:09 PM (GvNnD)

44 His lawyers have said he does not remember anything of the crash.


Well, that settles that.

Posted by: Citizen X at May 15, 2015 02:09 PM (7ObY1)

45 21 He choked the chicken and fell on the handle.
Posted by: freaked at May 15, 2015 02:07 PM (bmwO/)


Premature acceleration?

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at May 15, 2015 02:09 PM (St6BJ)

46 This may cost the engineer four games. Yes, that's tough. But fair.

Posted by: Roger Goodell at May 15, 2015 02:10 PM (FCsIb)

47
4 The "I don't remember the accident" excuse is kind of... uh... a big red flag, no?
Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:04 PM (AkOaV)


Eh. I think he might be lying. But it's not really that uncommon of an occurrence that people don't have any memory of an accident. So, possible but I don't believe him.

Posted by: Buzzion at May 15, 2015 02:10 PM (z/Ubi)

48 That does it!

We need 16,745 pages of train speed regulations...STAT.

Posted by: the GOP-led Congress at May 15, 2015 02:10 PM (NUCTk)

49 but it takes
millions of dollars to slow a train?


The train's subsidized. What do they care what it costs?

They lose money on $9.50 cheeseburgers, according to the Economist.

Posted by: Stephen Price Blair at May 15, 2015 02:10 PM (J0IP0)

50 Whoever put tat "Black Angel" short film link in the sidebar, I want my 27 minutes back. Now.

Pretty movie, but...wtf?

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at May 15, 2015 02:10 PM (oVJmc)

51 >>The Federal Communication Commission has spent $110million on the system, and are now trying to figure out why it hadn't been turned on.


Sure sign they have Too Much Money if they could spend $110 million and not even care if the damn thing was turned on.

Posted by: Lizzy at May 15, 2015 02:10 PM (2TN4k)

52 Especially considering he got it up to 100+ mph, then essentially pulled the e-brake in the middle of the turn.

The WORST possible place to brake

Posted by: wrg500 at May 15, 2015 02:11 PM (sgrzZ)

53 ...well, they do say gingers are soul less, so...

...(I denounce myself. Too soon, too soon)

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:11 PM (AkOaV)

54 They were scheduled to turn it on but that was during the Republican led government shutdown.

Posted by: RWC - Team BOHICA at May 15, 2015 02:11 PM (fWAjv)

55 I wish the people who are suicidal and/or trying to make a point would just kill themselves and not take dozens/hundreds of people with them.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at May 15, 2015 02:11 PM (1sJza)

56
70 mph to 107 mph


In 90 seconds


For real? Damn, that's some acceleration.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at May 15, 2015 02:11 PM (JtwS4)

57 51 Sure sign they have Too Much Money if they could spend $110 million and not even care if the damn thing was turned on.
Posted by: Lizzy at May 15, 2015 02:10 PM (2TN4k)

Too much money AND too much monopoly.

Recipe for disaster.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at May 15, 2015 02:11 PM (St6BJ)

58 To be clear, Romney never gave anyone cancer. His Carcinogenic Magic Underwear did.

Posted by: Charles Blow at May 15, 2015 02:11 PM (HstNY)

59 Can't imagine how enraged I would be as a victim or a family member of the dead. "Doesn't recall." What a hackneyed, unbelievable excuse for obvious reckless behavior.

Posted by: Ever at May 15, 2015 02:11 PM (QZdJj)

60 Posted by: wrg500 at May 15, 2015 02:11 PM (sgrzZ)

I'm no physics expert, but yes, that would seem to be a bad move just judging on my experience of driving vehicles.

Usually you ride it out then brake after the turn.

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:12 PM (AkOaV)

61 "The WORST possible place to brake"

That would depend on the desired outcome...yes?

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 15, 2015 02:12 PM (VPLuQ)

62 He won't talk. Lawyered up via Union. And he may not remember it.

They need to interview who he was talking with right before the accident. They got his phone records

Posted by: ThunderB at May 15, 2015 02:12 PM (zOTsN)

63 I don't know how this happened, what piece of equipment failed, which person was negligent , which agency was negligent, or where the stars were lined up in the evening sky, but I do know Republicans are at fault.

At least, that's what the news media tells me.

Posted by: Sgt Hulka at May 15, 2015 02:12 PM (WhKqH)

64 Driving a train high? WTF? Seriously? I mean, people might get hurt!

Posted by: Jerry Garcia at May 15, 2015 02:13 PM (FCsIb)

65 Look Ace he got his Glee Casey Jones on for marriage equality...

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at May 15, 2015 02:13 PM (/4AZU)

66 Posted by: ThunderB at May 15, 2015 02:12 PM (zOTsN)

"I don't remember rapidly accelerating in to a turn" is a very convenient excuse.

Almost too convenient some would say.

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:13 PM (AkOaV)

67 Looks like a case of forced derailment.

Posted by: Draki at May 15, 2015 02:13 PM (0eidE)

68
but it takes

millions of dollars to slow a train?


If you throw enough on the tracks ahead of it, yeah. Why do you hate safety?

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at May 15, 2015 02:13 PM (oVJmc)

69 "55 I wish the people who are suicidal and/or trying to make a point would just kill themselves and not take dozens/hundreds of people with them."

I think there's a certain personality type that wants to go out in a blaze of glory...by killing random strangers.

Posted by: Lauren at May 15, 2015 02:13 PM (3ztc7)

70 Anyone who says this is a case of another leftist going full smacktard is wildly off-base, out of line, irresponsible, and could eventually be proven correct.

Posted by: weft cut-loop at May 15, 2015 02:13 PM (uctT+)

71 I do not yet have all the facts, but without a doubt..the Republicans acted stupidly.

Posted by: Barky O'Dogeater at May 15, 2015 02:13 PM (VPLuQ)

72
I cannot believe this.

I cant believe we're in this position again of defending ourselves against something we had nothing to do with and is most certainly the fault of our accusers.

Posted by: Soothie at May 15, 2015 02:14 PM (Z1u+G)

73 He should have done what I do - wreck model trains. I remember all of my train wrecks. Fondly.

Posted by: Gomez Addams at May 15, 2015 02:14 PM (gwG9s)

74 Suicide by train.. naah.. could never happen.. suicide by plane? Oh yeah!

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at May 15, 2015 02:09 PM (so+oy)


It didn't happen so there Mr. Smarty McClever-Smartypants!

Posted by: Mikey NTH - The Outrage Outlet Buy A Malediction, Get an Imaginary Insult Half Off! at May 15, 2015 02:14 PM (hLRSq)

75 People died in this crash! And Democrats are still asking for more money for trains! They really want to kill people. And they want bullet trains! It's got the word bullet right there in the name! MURDERERS!!!

Posted by: Dang at May 15, 2015 02:14 PM (XWo4d)

76 Who do I blame for speeding up the train.....Bush.

Posted by: Prezidentin B to the O....hollar! at May 15, 2015 02:14 PM (/HC6x)

77 So, possible but I don't believe him.

True enough. I drove my car over a (small) cliff (really, a very steep ravine between sides of the highway), and don't remember anything after hitting the brakes (and not feeling anything underneath).

Mind you, I *do* remember waking up, realizing I was on gravel, and hitting the brakes. Everything after that until I woke up in the back seat of my car is a complete blank. (For which, really, I'm grateful.)

Posted by: Stephen Price Blair at May 15, 2015 02:14 PM (J0IP0)

78 Wait.. can't they force this guy to take a lie detector test?

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at May 15, 2015 02:14 PM (so+oy)

79 If only we paid Amtrak employees more, they'd turn on the safety devices.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at May 15, 2015 02:14 PM (oKE6c)

80
But he had to know that the engineer almost always survives train wrecks unless its a head on collision. It's the people in the last few cars who usually get fucked.

Yes. Which is why suicide by train doesn't make sense to me.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at May 15, 2015 02:14 PM (JtwS4)

81 5 mjb

What do you think about countering that argument with the utter convenience of the timing - the acceleration at precisely one of the most precarious moments?

Posted by: River Guide at May 15, 2015 02:14 PM (RJMhd)

82 Trains?

Pikers

Posted by: Chevy Volt at May 15, 2015 02:15 PM (NUCTk)

83 He has a concussion. He may not remember it. Now. They expect his memory to return

They need to interview who he was talking to. Grab his phone and computer

Posted by: ThunderB at May 15, 2015 02:15 PM (zOTsN)

84 >>The "I don't remember the accident" excuse is kind of... uh... a big red flag, no?


Could be - depends on his head injuries.

Had a family member who worked with people recovering from a coma (so serious head injuries). Apparently her patients couldn't remember the 10-20 seconds leading up to their accident because the conversion of short-term--->long term memory of that moment was interrupted.

But it's also a very inconvenient excuse if he messed up.

Posted by: Lizzy at May 15, 2015 02:15 PM (2TN4k)

85 From the sidebar: U2 Guitarist The Edge Doesn't See the Edge of the Stage, Falls Off, Like a Big Dummy

Woah, that's a little harsh.

You get into what you're playing and your mind is so focused on it that shit can happen. I never fell off a stage, but I walked into plenty of amps, monitors and slow-moving bass players in my day.

Posted by: Citizen X at May 15, 2015 02:15 PM (7ObY1)

86 Amtrak Engineer: "I was replaying Obama's 2009 inaugural speech on my iPhone and was so overcome with love and admiration and pride in my country that I pushed the accelerator forward in my zen state of exuberance."

Posted by: Gregory of Yardale at May 15, 2015 02:15 PM (O7MnT)

87 How many progressives does it take to turn on a doohickey that slows things down?

Posted by: Bigby's Idle Hands at May 15, 2015 02:15 PM (3ZtZW)

88 47 Posted by: Buzzion at May 15, 2015 02:10 PM (z/Ubi)

"Officer I REALLY have no recollection of making my car accelerate 43 MPH in 90 seconds on a hard curve"

//Tricks to try at your next accident scene

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at May 15, 2015 02:15 PM (/4AZU)

89 Also, said engineer had previously bemouned the lack of the PTC. Why, it almost seems someone was trying to prove a point, no?
Posted by: Lauren at May 15, 2015 02:06 PM (3ztc7)

So "I'll show those bastards this place is unsafe even if people have to die to prove it!" So we're not dealing with a genius.

Posted by: joncelli, getting it out of his system at May 15, 2015 02:15 PM (RD7QR)

90 Alternative Title:

Homosexual Activist Engineet Derails Train, Kills 7, says 'It's kind of insulting to have to beg people for my right to marry. I feel like we shouldn't even have to have this fight.'

Posted by: SamGompers at May 15, 2015 02:15 PM (uJgvj)

91 I am sorry, Dave. I can't let you slow down this train.

Posted by: Hal Train 9000 at May 15, 2015 02:16 PM (K+ooo)

92 The train had a Toyota accelerator pedal and it got stuck.

Posted by: Robinson at May 15, 2015 02:16 PM (+exqw)

93 I heard the news about the train wreck on NPR, as I was driving in my car. (They of course blamed everything on evil Republicans blocking "investment" in automated safety controls.)

As it was mentioned that the train had entered a max 50 MPH curve doing 107 MPH, I looked up and realized that I was in a 50 MPH zone myself at that very moment.

Yet somehow I had managed, without automated safety controls, to maintain the speed of the vehicle at a close approximation to the posted limit.

But you know that must have been dumb luck or something.

Posted by: torquewrench at May 15, 2015 02:16 PM (noWW6)

94 My guess:

He fell asleep at the controls, and literally leaned on the accelerator lever accidentally.

That explains why he accelerated, and why he has no memory of the crash nor of accelerating beforehand.

That simple. Nodded off.

Posted by: zombie at May 15, 2015 02:16 PM (jBuUi)

95 All I know is that no matter what happens and whoever is found to be at fault, I and my fellow tax paying countrymen are gonna take it in the shorts no matter what.

Happy Friday!

Posted by: Kreplach at May 15, 2015 02:16 PM (Rlahq)

96 Posted by: Bandersnatch at May 15, 2015 02:14 PM (JtwS4)

Me neither. I mean you know for sure if you fly a jet in to a french mountain that everyone will die.

A train?

I don't know. Suicide doesn't make sense to me here.

Maybe. I don't know.

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:16 PM (AkOaV)

97 "Yes. Which is why suicide by train doesn't make sense to me."

But "orchestrate an accident to perfectly prove your pet point" does.

He was upset about the lack of speed regulators and golly gee, now we're all talking about speed regulators.

Posted by: Lauren at May 15, 2015 02:16 PM (3ztc7)

98
School shootings
Hurrifuckingcanes
Train crashes
Airline crashes
Cop shootings

All our fault.
And all of the above couldve been avoided with more Marxism.

Posted by: Soothie at May 15, 2015 02:16 PM (Z1u+G)

99 >>>It's not as if we've never seen someone deliberately crash a passenger vehicle. It just happened over France.

But you don't assume that until you have evidence for it because it's a *real poor assumption*

Anyway. I can tell you likely why the system wasn't "turned on"

Unions are notorious for opposing automation (even protective automation) that takes the actions that are being taken in the first place by a Union employee. They see such systems as the first step to complete replacement of the Union member with Automation. If there was protective automation available but not in use.....look to the Unions as to why it wasn't in use.

Posted by: MikeTheMoose at May 15, 2015 02:17 PM (0q2P7)

100 "
That simple. Nodded off."

Isn't there a second engineer in the room though?

Posted by: Lauren at May 15, 2015 02:17 PM (3ztc7)

101 Posted by: zombie at May 15, 2015 02:16 PM (jBuUi)

I thought that too until I heard they'd just pulled out of the station a few minutes before.

And that he was in a city with a lot of speed changes.

I mean, we'll have to see. But it sounds like he was awake enough to drive the train without a problem...

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:17 PM (AkOaV)

102 If this is proved to be purposeful, or an attempted suicide, and coupling this with the German Wings pilot, a whole new realm of public transportation risk has just opened up.

Posted by: Soona at May 15, 2015 02:17 PM (/HX7u)

103 Hey, do Youse Guys know how HARD it is to install AND turn it on??? Do ya?

At least 72 man-hours, give or take an extra $2 billion or so........

Posted by: Control Mechanism Installers Local #455 at May 15, 2015 02:18 PM (sCHw2)

104 94 Posted by: zombie at May 15, 2015 02:16 PM (jBuUi)

Zombie I'd buy it if EVERY piece of exposure shithead had prior was not some amped up assholish activism....

I think he was either impaired(voluntarily) or making a point.

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at May 15, 2015 02:18 PM (/4AZU)

105 How many progressives does it take to turn on a doohickey that slows things down?

Posted by: Bigby's Idle Hands at May 15, 2015 02:15 PM (3ZtZW)



How many people are employed by the EPA? That many.

Posted by: Mikey NTH - The Outrage Outlet Buy A Malediction, Get an Imaginary Insult Half Off! at May 15, 2015 02:19 PM (hLRSq)

106
So "I'll show those bastards this place is unsafe even if people have to die to prove it!" So we're not dealing with a genius.


Like college lefties who commit racist acts to show how racist America is. He was 'raising conciousness.'

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at May 15, 2015 02:19 PM (oVJmc)

107 If it was intentional they will find evidence of it. On his phone or computer, from his friends or SO

Posted by: ThunderB at May 15, 2015 02:19 PM (zOTsN)

108 Breaking News!:

Every bad thing that happens -- every criminal act, every accident, every conflict -- could be prevented if we only imposed Total Governmental Control over every aspect of our lives and society.

Film at 11.

Posted by: zombie at May 15, 2015 02:19 PM (jBuUi)

109 So "I'll show those bastards this place is unsafe even if people have to die to prove it!"


Your probably not far from the truth I think base on his "activism" .

Posted by: wrg500 at May 15, 2015 02:19 PM (sgrzZ)

110
Ace, will you lift the ban on the c-word?

Because that's what obama, his big ugly wife, the media, the clintons, jane fonda, etc. are...a bunch of fucking rotten cunts.

Posted by: Soothsayer at May 15, 2015 02:19 PM (Z1u+G)

111 Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at May 15, 2015 02:18 PM (/4AZU)

Well that's a HELL OF A WAY to make a point.

Especially since his train had the equipment, and congress had already mandated it be installed in every track on the amtrak line by the end of the year.

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:19 PM (AkOaV)

112 "They need to interview who he was talking to. Grab his phone and computer"

This.

We had an ugly Metrolink train derailment out here in Commiefornia, obviously down to excessive speed, where the operator also initially tried to play the amnesia card. (I suspect the union lawyers coach them in this.)

Turns out the guy had been texting on his phone instead of monitoring his speed. Texting to an underage kid in whom said operator displayed an unusual level of interest.

Posted by: torquewrench at May 15, 2015 02:19 PM (noWW6)

113 >>>>>slow-moving bass players in my day.


There's another kind?

Posted by: Buzzion at May 15, 2015 02:19 PM (z/Ubi)

114 Isn't it something about the FCC needing to release spectrum for the thingys that do stuff (technical term)?

Obviously, the solution is more money.

Fucking hell, I really and truly need to set up Happy Fun, LLC.

Posted by: alexthechick - Oh please intervene SMOD at May 15, 2015 02:19 PM (mf5HN)

115 Apparently her patients couldn't remember the 10-20 seconds leading up to their accident because the conversion of short-term--->long term memory of that moment was interrupted.

My son learned about this in EMT training. Whe accident victims come to in the amberlamps, they are almost always disoriented and want to know "What happened?"

My son, being my son, was thinking about all the ways to f--k with them in that state.

"What happened? You don't remember shooting all of those people."

"Don't worry, Mr. President, we got you out in time, and we're on our way to the bunker."

And my personal favorite.

"Shut up, you g-dd-m alien."

Posted by: Gregory of Yardale at May 15, 2015 02:19 PM (O7MnT)

116 94 My guess:

He fell asleep at the controls, and literally leaned on the accelerator lever accidentally.

That explains why he accelerated, and why he has no memory of the crash nor of accelerating beforehand.

That simple. Nodded off.

---

Seems like the most likely explanation. But also the least fun to speculate about. :-(

Posted by: Jenny Hates Her Phone at May 15, 2015 02:19 PM (GvNnD)

117 I'll bet the Edge kept playing that Em the whole way down...


I was at a Living Colour show where Vernon Teid tripped on a cable and did a full somersault while playing his solo. He didn't fuck up a note.

Posted by: Garrett at May 15, 2015 02:19 PM (K+ooo)

118 What's the first thing an IT help desk operator asks you?

Posted by: SH at May 15, 2015 02:19 PM (gmeXX)

119 This is awfully similar to the train crash in Spain 2 years ago. Engineer was going more than twice the rated speed, over 100 mph in a 50 mph zone, and hit the brakes right before the crash.

Sometimes dumb people just do dumb things.

Posted by: JackStraw at May 15, 2015 02:20 PM (g1DWB)

120 His lawyers have said he does not remember anything of the crash.
________________

I haven't seen any reports that the engineer suffered any kind of head injury or trauma. Does anybody know if he was injured at all? His memory loss seems awfully damn convenient.

Posted by: TrivialPursuer at May 15, 2015 02:20 PM (lmdHn)

121 barrel

Posted by: Gregory of Yardale at May 15, 2015 02:20 PM (O7MnT)

122 Posted by: ThunderB at May 15, 2015 02:19 PM (zOTsN)

I'm fairly certain trains have black boxes, so they don't even need his phone records. It should be obvious what happened based on the incident recorder.

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:20 PM (AkOaV)

123 Whoever put tat "Black Angel" short film link in the sidebar, I want my 27 minutes back. Now.

Pretty movie, but...wtf?


Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel

Old story telling plot device. I think Dickens used it in a story. I remember reading a short story with that element about the time that movie was made. It was published in 1891.

Posted by: Dang at May 15, 2015 02:20 PM (XWo4d)

124 My God. it's full of Italics!

Posted by: Garrett at May 15, 2015 02:21 PM (K+ooo)

125 111 Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:19 PM (AkOaV)

Well some folks are eggs, and some folks are chefs...

//how to make that egg quiche thingie

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at May 15, 2015 02:21 PM (/4AZU)

126 Went from 70 to 107 straight into the barrel

Posted by: RWC - Team BOHICA at May 15, 2015 02:21 PM (fWAjv)

127 Posted by: Gregory of Yardale

While you're down there, here's a mop. Clean up a bit.

Posted by: weft cut-loop at May 15, 2015 02:21 PM (uctT+)

128 My policies will necessarily cause the speed of choo choo trains to skyrocket.

Posted by: Low Information President at May 15, 2015 02:21 PM (UlJ3l)

129 We can float a turd in space but we can't turn on a speed regulator?! Lord a mighty.

Posted by: Chuck Yeager at May 15, 2015 02:22 PM (gwG9s)

130 Posted by: TrivialPursuer at May 15, 2015 02:20 PM (lmdHn)

he went to the hospital, but the NTSB couldnt comment on his injuries due to hipaa ::rolls eyes::

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:22 PM (AkOaV)

131 Couldn't help it, my keyboard was doing that thing again

Posted by: Gregory of Yardale at May 15, 2015 02:22 PM (O7MnT)

132 Get your dirty Jesus-fish powers off of our choo choos you Xtianist RETHUGS!!!!

Posted by: half of the American Electorate at May 15, 2015 02:22 PM (NUCTk)

133 >>>The employee is said to have informed the
committee they were experiencing delays with the system because the
radios do not have enough frequency.<<<

Um, no. This is idiocy taken to an Obama level. Folks, my advice is to stay away from Amtrak.

Posted by: Fritz at May 15, 2015 02:23 PM (ty633)

134 barrel
Posted by: Gregory of Yardale at May 15, 2015 02:20 PM


Don't worry. It's organic.

Posted by: RedMindBlueState at May 15, 2015 02:23 PM (h4vJk)

135 They already said the train has a black box. Black box won't crawl into his state of mind. His phone computer friends and SO will. Let you know if it was accidental or intentional

Posted by: ThunderB at May 15, 2015 02:23 PM (zOTsN)

136 Anyway. I can tell you likely why the system wasn't "turned on"

............
A much simpler explanation is it's a fucking government run operation.

The approval for the frequencies were given in March.. nothing happens in 2 months when you are talking government workers, especially in the field, especially with testing involved.

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at May 15, 2015 02:23 PM (so+oy)

137
WE NEED AN ACT OF FUCKING CONGRESS TO SLOW DOWN A TRAIN NOW??

Posted by: Soothsayer at May 15, 2015 02:23 PM (Z1u+G)

138 Was the engineer of the proetektd class guild? Rumor that he's a pixie. As in "it's a wonderful life you two pixies get outta my joint" and not as in "where is my mind muzak" type.


or Maybe... Vandals and youths or the Religion of Peace finally managed to derail a train, and they don't want us to know. So the engineer was told that he didn't remember nuffin"?

Posted by: Dirk Benedict, Corey Feldman: time for real conspiracy theory at May 15, 2015 02:23 PM (vmAFq)

139 129 We can float a turd in space but we can't turn on a speed regulator?! Lord a mighty.

Posted by: Chuck Yeager at May 15, 2015 02:22 PM (gwG9s)



Float one? Hell, we can elect one!

Posted by: Jay Guevara at May 15, 2015 02:23 PM (oKE6c)

140 Posted by: JackStraw at May 15, 2015 02:20 PM (g1DWB)

yeah, but he was going the speed limit and just forgot to slow down before the turn because he was texting a chick or something.

This guy was going the speed limit, then sped up right before the turn.

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:23 PM (AkOaV)

141 But he had to know that the engineer almost always survives train wrecks unless its a head on collision. It's the people in the last few cars who usually get fucked.

Yes. Which is why suicide by train doesn't make sense to me.
Posted by: Bandersnatch at May 15, 2015 02:14 PM (JtwS4)


-----------------------------------


People that are so mentally driven to suicide really don't think things through sometimes.

Posted by: Soona at May 15, 2015 02:23 PM (/HX7u)

142 Never mind. The guy skates. If you look at the end of ace's block quote they are not investigating it as a criminal act, they are not even considering it.

I don't see how you can do a proper investigation eliminating that track so early but there it is.

Posted by: River Guide at May 15, 2015 02:24 PM (RJMhd)

143 "...the radios do not have enough frequency."

Enough frequency? What the heck does that mean?

Posted by: Mikey NTH - The Outrage Outlet Buy A Malediction, Get an Imaginary Insult Half Off! at May 15, 2015 02:24 PM (hLRSq)

144 >>"What happened? You don't remember shooting all of those people."

Oh, that's cruel!

My mom's patients were usually obsessed with seeing photos from the accident to see/understand what happened to them. They hated have that gap in memory for such a life-transforming moment.

Posted by: Lizzy at May 15, 2015 02:24 PM (2TN4k)

145 I'm pretty sure that if he hit the 50mph turn at 70mph, it wouldnt have been a problem.

107? Clearly was a problem.

But there aren't many of sections of track that allow you to go that fast. It's not like he was coming out of a 100 mph zone.

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:24 PM (AkOaV)

146 Ah, Sir Gregory. How long will you be staying with us?

Posted by: The Barrel at May 15, 2015 02:24 PM (JtwS4)

147 138 Posted by: Dirk Benedict, Corey Feldman: time for real conspiracy theory at May 15, 2015 02:23 PM (vmAFq

Yes the Engineer is a Glee cast member, and a rather activist Glee Ganger at that...

he also "took a stand for the illegal parking situation" in MO...

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at May 15, 2015 02:24 PM (/4AZU)

148 I think the answer we're all looking for here is... bullet trains!

Posted by: Dang, dimming the lights for his presentation... at May 15, 2015 02:25 PM (XWo4d)

149 I hunger.

Posted by: The Barrel at May 15, 2015 02:25 PM (RD7QR)

150 Romney scheduled to get beat to death at 6:30 this evening.
charityvision.net

Posted by: JD at May 15, 2015 02:25 PM (TzeLs)

151 WE NEED AN ACT OF FUCKING CONGRESS TO SLOW DOWN A TRAIN NOW??

not the hill to die on, sorry

Posted by: Bigby's Idle Hands at May 15, 2015 02:25 PM (3ZtZW)

152 Seems to me like we've been watching a real-life version of Quentin Tarantino's 'Death Proof', only this timewith a train. Someone should've told that murdering bastard of an engineer that amnesia is big in the movies but exceedingly rare in real-life.

Posted by: troyriser at May 15, 2015 02:25 PM (fooYE)

153 yeah, but he was going the speed limit and just forgot to slow down before the turn because he was texting a chick or something. This guy was going the speed limit, then sped up right before the turn.
Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:23 PM (AkOaV)


-----------------------------------------


The information that's missing in this theory is, what was the speed limit on the stretch of track leading to the curve?

Posted by: Soona at May 15, 2015 02:25 PM (/HX7u)

154 my advice is to stay away from Amtrak.
Posted by: Fritz at May 15, 2015 02:23 PM (ty633)

Done. It's cheaper / quicker to fly and/or drive from NY to DC then it is to take Amtrak.

Trains kind of suck.

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:25 PM (AkOaV)

155 142 Posted by: River Guide at May 15, 2015 02:24 PM (RJMhd)

The way it works is NTSB makes a judgement call and if they feel the criminal threshold has been crossed they dial up the FBI or Coast Guard.

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at May 15, 2015 02:26 PM (/4AZU)

156 Which is why suicide by train doesn't make sense to me.

I hear suicides are eminently rational types.

Posted by: that's what I hear at May 15, 2015 02:26 PM (ZtFr+)

157 "...and here's your cut of da fundin increase Mr. Senator. Nice doin bidness witcha."

Posted by: Union Thug #6457 at May 15, 2015 02:26 PM (Y2eQR)

158 Is Charlie Manson dead or is that a fake internet thing?

Posted by: Gregory of Yardale at May 15, 2015 02:26 PM (O7MnT)

159 Posted by: Soona at May 15, 2015 02:25 PM (/HX7u)

70 mph was the speed limit before the turn. and he was traveling at 70 mph in the 70 mph zone.

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:26 PM (AkOaV)

160 So who's going to kill more of us? Progressives and their policies or Islamic terrorists?

One compliments the other.

Posted by: Grump928(c) makes up for his lack of vision with volume of fire at May 15, 2015 02:26 PM (evdj2)

161 If I could turn back time ... I'd have turned on that speed regulator. Sonny didn't have one either.

Posted by: Cher in Malibu at May 15, 2015 02:26 PM (gwG9s)

162 But there aren't many of sections of track that allow you to go that fast. It's not like he was coming out of a 100 mph zone.


He was doing 70 in an 80 zone then floored it 90 seconds before going into a 50. Doesn't smell right.

Posted by: wrg500 at May 15, 2015 02:26 PM (sgrzZ)

163 The north east corridor has no spots to accommodate 100 plus speeds. Too many stops. Too many trains. Too old tracks

Posted by: ThunderB at May 15, 2015 02:26 PM (zOTsN)

164 152 Posted by: troyriser at May 15, 2015 02:25 PM (fooYE)

Troy, Troy he's a member of a protected Tribe bud...

Amnesia will be fine in 20 years we will still be pretending he doesn't know what happened.

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at May 15, 2015 02:27 PM (/4AZU)

165 Kenneth, I need the frequency.

Posted by: Penfold at May 15, 2015 02:27 PM (Fbt5B)

166 You boys know what makes this bird go up slower? FUNDING makes this bird go up slower.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at May 15, 2015 02:27 PM (oVJmc)

167 Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at May 15, 2015 02:26 PM (/4AZU)

right, i wouldnt read in to their "it wasnt a criminal act' too much.

Because as soon as they say "it may have been a criminal act" then they're no longer the lead agency, the FBI is.

So they won't say that until its painfully obvious, since of course they want the lead.

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:27 PM (AkOaV)

168 No, he's really really truely dead. In fact, he's been dead for at least 7 hours.

Posted by: Bruce J. at May 15, 2015 02:27 PM (iQIUe)

169 This morning somewhere I saw an insane twitter rant from Babbs Streisand blaming the train wreck on Republicans not funding infrastructure.

Somebody responded "How much does it cost to go slower?"

Posted by: Marmo at May 15, 2015 02:27 PM (QW+AD)

170 I've been on the edges of this for a number of years, having brokered an agreement between Cosworth and number of Class 8 equipment manufacturers to supply telemetry on trucks coming into the U.S. from Mexico.

Later, we looked at a system to interface the RFID tags on individual tank cars to provide the identification to adjust specific train units to changes in the manifest. An example would be that a freight train coming from the west coast stops and picks up oil tank cars in the Midwest. Due to new restrictions, the train would be limited on speed and certain routes with the addition of these cars. The overall system would recognize that and send the limiting info back to the engine.

Of course, what would take weeks in the private sector takes decades dealing with the government.

Posted by: jwest at May 15, 2015 02:27 PM (9ZZd+)

171
It's like, even when you pay big bucks for something with the government, you get exactly zero benefit.

Hey, if the proggies can jump to political conclusions so can I.

Posted by: PT Barnum at May 15, 2015 02:28 PM (/EkKm)

172 I rememeber when OTB was losing money in NYC, the jokewas that the government was the only bookie in the world that loses money.

Posted by: Benji Carver at May 15, 2015 02:28 PM (OD2ni)

173 Manson was 80 so its no shock.

Posted by: Bruce J. at May 15, 2015 02:28 PM (iQIUe)

174 oh I see!

you think that government funding goes to the actual, intended recipients!

That's so cute!

Posted by: former Solyndra exec at May 15, 2015 02:28 PM (NUCTk)

175 http://bit.ly/1ELKit7

Until AMTRAK got new more powerful locomotives last year the train could not accelerate fast enough coming out of Philly to derail on the northbound curve

Posted by: tmitsss at May 15, 2015 02:28 PM (1nj96)

176 Posted by: ThunderB at May 15, 2015 02:26 PM (zOTsN)

I think (IIRC, i could be wrong) theres one in southern NJ.

And the reason the limits are low is neighbors and noise complaints I think not necessarily the ability of the tracks / trains to go faster.

I know this was a big thing a few years ago. the NIMBY liberals were bitching of the trains flying through all loud like all the time.

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:28 PM (AkOaV)

177 Trains kind of suck.

Posted by: mynewhandle


I don't know. I have some friends who had a lovely trip on Amtrak from Chicago to Dallas. It only took around 24 hours with all the delays and breakdowns. And they ran out of food on the train.

Posted by: Dang at May 15, 2015 02:28 PM (XWo4d)

178 153 yeah, but he was going the speed limit and just forgot to slow down before the turn because he was texting a chick or something.
Posted by: mynewhandle


Remember that the previous big crash with lots of fatalities -- in northern LA County several years back -- was indeed caused by the engineer texting with his teenage boy-toy lovers (i.e. molestation victims).

Posted by: zombie at May 15, 2015 02:28 PM (jBuUi)

179 "70 mph was the speed limit before the turn. and he was traveling at 70 mph in the 70 mph zone."

And accelerated into the turn. Yeah that's suspicious as all hell. Unless he was like those elderly people who accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brakes and cause an accident.

Posted by: Lauren at May 15, 2015 02:29 PM (3ztc7)

180 So who's going to kill more of us?

Progressives and their policies or Islamic terrorists?

Remember, you're going to be living under ObamaCare soon. Take that into account for your answer.

Posted by: Stateless Infidel at May 15, 2015 02:04 PM (AC0lD)


You do realize you repeated yourself, right?

Posted by: steveegg at May 15, 2015 02:29 PM (cL79m)

181
Since we have nothing but idle speculation, rumor, innuendo, and half a wilted cheeseburger, I'm going to endorse a speculation from upthread.

Activism. Wanted a nice derailment to prove his point but it got out of hand.*




*I immediately find fault with that theory in that he had to be aware of the black box and forward video recorder and all of that which would unmask his scheme. But hey, it's a theory.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at May 15, 2015 02:29 PM (JtwS4)

182 The way it works is NTSB makes a judgement call and if they feel the criminal threshold has been crossed they dial up the FBI or Coast Guard.


Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at May 15, 2015 02:26 PM (/4AZU)


And NTSB accident reports are not admissible as evidence. The reason is to encourage people to tell the truth to the NTSB so that remedial steps can be taken without witnesses fearing that their testimony will lead to criminal charges or civil liability.

If charges are to be brought or civil penalties sought then they have to be done without the help of the NTSB.

(This actually makes a great deal of sense.)

Posted by: Mikey NTH - The Outrage Outlet Buy A Malediction, Get an Imaginary Insult Half Off! at May 15, 2015 02:30 PM (hLRSq)

183 "Kenny G killed Charlie M in a prison rape riot. In other news..."

Posted by: Fox News as reported by MSNBC at May 15, 2015 02:30 PM (Y2eQR)

184
Until AMTRAK got new more powerful locomotives last year the train
could not accelerate fast enough coming out of Philly to derail on the
northbound curve


So he was hot-rodding it?

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at May 15, 2015 02:30 PM (oVJmc)

185 >>yeah, but he was going the speed limit and just forgot to slow down before the turn because he was texting a chick or something.

He, the guy in Spain, also had a long history of speeding and bragging about it.

The guy in the PA crash didn't sound like a suicide type but I guess we will see.

Posted by: JackStraw at May 15, 2015 02:30 PM (g1DWB)

186
When a teacher screws or diddles a student, you know who's fault it is?

YOUR'S for underfunding education.

Posted by: Soothsayer at May 15, 2015 02:30 PM (Z1u+G)

187 >>> Manson was 80 so its no shock.



Yeah well only the good ...

Posted by: Bigby's Idle Hands at May 15, 2015 02:30 PM (3ZtZW)

188 "Until AMTRAK got new more powerful locomotives last year the train could not accelerate fast enough coming out of Philly to derail on the northbound curve"

So it was increased funding that caused the crash?

Posted by: Lauren at May 15, 2015 02:30 PM (3ztc7)

189 Was the engineer of the proetektd class guild?



Presumably so, since if he were a heterosexual white male, the MSM would be shouting that from the rooftops. Since the dog didn't bark ...

Posted by: Jay Guevara at May 15, 2015 02:30 PM (oKE6c)

190 167 Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:27 PM (AkOaV)

NTSB is my hobby frankly, and the reason they want to maintain lead until the threshold is crossed is "you only get so many fuck-ups to analyze"...

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at May 15, 2015 02:30 PM (/4AZU)

191 He was doing 70 in an 80 zone then floored it 90 seconds before going into a 50. Doesn't smell right.

Posted by: wrg500 at May 15, 2015 02:26 PM (sgrzZ)



Hit the gas instead of the brake?

Posted by: Mikey NTH - The Outrage Outlet Buy A Malediction, Get an Imaginary Insult Half Off! at May 15, 2015 02:31 PM (hLRSq)

192 YOUR'S for underfunding education.

If we paid teachers enough they could afford prostitutes!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Stephen Price Blair at May 15, 2015 02:31 PM (J0IP0)

193 Amnesia sucks.

Posted by: Hillary's Goo Goo Glasses at May 15, 2015 02:31 PM (NUCTk)

194 The last thing the engineer remembers is saying, "Hold my beer... "

Posted by: Dang at May 15, 2015 02:31 PM (XWo4d)

195 Trains kind of suck.

Not necessarily. It used to be sort of a tradition among beachgoers to moon the passengers on the Coastliner as it headed along the CA coast. You don't see that from the window of a 737.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at May 15, 2015 02:31 PM (8ZskC)

196 I'm with Sven. Always keep lead in until you cross the threshold...

Posted by: OG Celtic-American at May 15, 2015 02:32 PM (Y2eQR)

197 I believe he is a militant gay activist. A terrorist act by the GayKK?

Posted by: Jukin, Former Republican at May 15, 2015 02:32 PM (TV9BR)

198 Posted by: Lauren at May 15, 2015 02:29 PM (3ztc7)

Yeah.

If he had simply been negligent and not paying attention to the speed limit decrease, that would be one thing.

To actually SPEED UP?

Ehh.. I don't know.

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:32 PM (AkOaV)

199 I lived in jersey. There are no 100 mph sections of track. There is too much traffic, too old tracks, too many stops

My MIL was on that train constantly. From Richmond VA to NJ.

The only other thing that might explain it is if he had a seizure while operating the train

Posted by: ThunderB at May 15, 2015 02:32 PM (zOTsN)

200 "*I immediately find fault with that theory in that he had to be aware of the black box and forward video recorder and all of that which would unmask his scheme. But hey, it's a theory."

Pretty easy to fake that of he was alone though. All he'd have to do is be quiet and close his eyes. Then he can claim he fell asleep.

Posted by: Lauren at May 15, 2015 02:32 PM (3ztc7)

201 and again, knowing the government... if the posted limit was 50 mph, I think hitting the turn at 70 mph would probably not have caused a derailment.

Its almost like he wanted to be damned sure the train derailed.

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:32 PM (AkOaV)

202 196 Posted by: OG Celtic-American at May 15, 2015 02:32 PM (Y2eQR)

unless of course it is her birthday or X-mas

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at May 15, 2015 02:33 PM (/4AZU)

203 So, waiting for self-driving cars.

Nothing could possibly go wrong there.

Posted by: Muldoon, a solid man at May 15, 2015 02:33 PM (NeFrd)

204 Sven

Thanks that makes more sense.

Posted by: River Guide at May 15, 2015 02:33 PM (RJMhd)

205 Sorry Charlie.

Posted by: Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme at May 15, 2015 02:33 PM (gwG9s)

206
"So it was increased funding that caused the crash? "

It was the Republicans fault for not decreasing the budget enough.

Posted by: Chris Cuomo at May 15, 2015 02:33 PM (OD2ni)

207 There's only one hope for us: Knight Train.

Posted by: Grump928(c) makes up for his lack of vision with volume of fire at May 15, 2015 02:33 PM (evdj2)

208 Oh, that's cruel!

My mom's patients were usually obsessed with seeing photos from the accident to see/understand what happened to them. They hated have that gap in memory for such a life-transforming moment.
Posted by: Lizzy at May 15, 2015 02:24 PM (2TN4k)



Having been on the eeevviiilll plaintiff's side of personal injury, I can tell you that the people who were in the accident have no freaking idea what happened. No one is lying about it, they just don't remember. Which means what they do "remember" usually isn't what happened.

This is where you explain to clients that the other guy isn't lying, s/he just doesn't remember it they way the client does. Mind you, sometimes everyone is completely and totally lying about everything. But oftentimes it's merely a matter of people "remembering" things that never happened.

Posted by: alexthechick - Oh please intervene SMOD at May 15, 2015 02:33 PM (mf5HN)

209 Did someone mention deadly curves?

Posted by: Lena Dunham, Undressed at May 15, 2015 02:34 PM (UlJ3l)

210
Posted by: Buzzion at May 15, 2015 02:10 PM (z/Ubi)

"Officer I REALLY have no recollection of making my car accelerate 43 MPH in 90 seconds on a hard curve"

//Tricks to try at your next accident scene

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at May 15, 2015 02:15 PM (/4AZU)






When I was in HS, we went running around in my bud's car in the rain one night, doing donuts on the street, taking curves sideways etc. Came around one corner and almost hit a cop at the stop sign.

Cop opened the snark with "Whatcha doin' there, Mario?"

Sean responded "Damn, officer. I almost didn't MAKE that curve!"

Cop was reaching for his handcuffs until he recognized me. I worked at the pancake house where the local PD always hung out.

He sent us home with a warning.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at May 15, 2015 02:34 PM (lpeQC)

211 The WORST possible place to brake

Are there any actual RR morons?
I don't think this is true for trains but I'd get math all over the blog failing to prove it.

Posted by: DaveA at May 15, 2015 02:34 PM (DL2i+)

212 169 This morning somewhere I saw an insane twitter rant from Babbs Streisand blaming the train wreck on Republicans not funding infrastructure.



So the wreck happened because Republicans were niggardly?

Posted by: Jay Guevara at May 15, 2015 02:34 PM (oKE6c)

213 Honey, I don't remember how my dick got in that other woman.

Posted by: Jukin, Former Republican at May 15, 2015 02:35 PM (TV9BR)

214 Posted by: ThunderB at May 15, 2015 02:32 PM (zOTsN)

Okay. Like I said, my memory on this comes from the local news and the NIMBY debates about acela trains a few years ago.

So you could very well be right.

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:35 PM (AkOaV)

215 Don't the traffic police have trains or something? Why wasn't there anyone who could pull the engineer over and give him a strongly worded reprimand? None of this makes sense.

Posted by: Dang, scratching his head at May 15, 2015 02:35 PM (XWo4d)

216 >>>Why, it almost seems someone was trying to prove a point, no?

almost


man i can't wait to post the next story. it's about stephie. It's so outrageous.

Posted by: ace at May 15, 2015 02:35 PM (PA7DS)

217 Posted by: DaveA at May 15, 2015 02:34 PM (DL2i+)

choo choo!!!

Posted by: Joe Biden at May 15, 2015 02:36 PM (AkOaV)

218 Why did the train cross the road?

It's Engineer was stuck in a chicken.

Posted by: OG Celtic-American at May 15, 2015 02:36 PM (Y2eQR)

219 70 mph to 107 mph


In 90 seconds


Took 8 in teh GTO.

Posted by: DaveA at May 15, 2015 02:36 PM (DL2i+)

220 204 Posted by: River Guide at May 15, 2015 02:33 PM (RJMhd)

Always happy to be a help, I'll give you an example...

PSA 1771 was an act of Air Piracy, when they heard the gunshots on the CVR they dialed up the FBI and you can't access the NTSB data on it b/c it became an FBI criminal investigation.

http://www.airdisaster.com/special/special-pa1771.shtml

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at May 15, 2015 02:36 PM (/4AZU)

221 Hope they have searched his apartment or are in the process of doing that, ASAP.

Posted by: Stephanie at May 15, 2015 02:36 PM (sF0CB)

222 I can tell you that the people who were in the accident have no freaking idea what happened.

This is a fact. Its easy to understand why. You're driving, you drive through an intersection. You think the light is green, and don't see the car that races through an T-Bones you.

Was the light really green? Did you even see that car coming? Did you look both ways as you crossed, or just assume it was safe? How fast were you going?

If you're honest, you probably don't even remember.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at May 15, 2015 02:36 PM (39g3+)

223 Sometimes people drive aggressively when they are pissed off. Not necessarily suicidal. Was he fighting with anyone on the phone?

Posted by: ThunderB at May 15, 2015 02:36 PM (zOTsN)

224 Posted by: ace at May 15, 2015 02:35 PM (PA7DS)

care to leave a little whitman sampler for us?

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:36 PM (AkOaV)

225 We were getting to turning that thing on, but those of us not on break were on light duty assignments due to repetitive stress injuries.

Posted by: United Brotherhood of Switch Flippers Local 1138 at May 15, 2015 02:36 PM (mPyCN)

226 Not seeing the Manson thing anywhere reputable. Maybe it's just too soon?

Posted by: joncelli at May 15, 2015 02:36 PM (RD7QR)

227 Manson has his own web page http://www.mansondirect.com/

Posted by: Grump928(c) makes up for his lack of vision with volume of fire at May 15, 2015 02:37 PM (evdj2)

228 So the wreck happened because Republicans were niggardly?


Posted by: Jay Guevara

There's plenty of funding but it's like it goes into a black hole or something.

Posted by: Dang, scratching his head at May 15, 2015 02:37 PM (XWo4d)

229 The fact the the food service lost so much money is mind boggling and criminal. Drinks on Amtrak are freakin expensive and the NY/DC leg typically has a lot of lawyers that hit it pretty hard on the trip back home.Are the employees stealing booze?

Posted by: Benji Carver at May 15, 2015 02:37 PM (OD2ni)

230 203 So, waiting for self-driving cars.

Nothing could possibly go wrong there.

Posted by: Muldoon, a solid man at May 15, 2015 02:33 PM (NeFrd)



They would provide a new dimension to the term "blue screen of death."

Posted by: Jay Guevara at May 15, 2015 02:37 PM (oKE6c)

231 "as he fighting with anyone on the phone?"

I read his phone was stored in his bag til after the accident.

Posted by: Lauren at May 15, 2015 02:37 PM (3ztc7)

232
I don't think this is true for trains but I'd get math all over the blog failing to prove it.

Posted by: DaveA at May 15, 2015 02:34 PM (DL2i+)






Don't you DARE threaten us.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at May 15, 2015 02:37 PM (lpeQC)

233 210 Posted by: IllTemperedCur at May 15, 2015 02:34 PM (lpeQC)

Heh...

Nice...

I've done Pizza Delivery in my misspent youth....so long as no kids were out I mostly got waves.

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at May 15, 2015 02:37 PM (/4AZU)

234
211 The WORST possible place to brake

Are there any actual RR morons?
I don't think this is true for trains but I'd get math all over the blog failing to prove it.


Just like a car, when you hit the brakes in a turn the center of gravity shifts forward, which would give more force on the front wheel set and less on the back. This could cause the rear wheels to jump the track and pull all the remaining cars along with it.

Better to not hit the brakes while in a turn.

Posted by: jwest at May 15, 2015 02:37 PM (9ZZd+)

235
Remember this: the reason why 2015 was so awesome in 1985's Back To The Future was because our imagination for our future was based on a present with Ronald Reagan as our leader.

Look at our sorry asses now.

Posted by: Soothsayer at May 15, 2015 02:38 PM (Z1u+G)

236 Its possible unions were involved with the system not being turned on, but its more likely to me that engineers are annoyed that some pointy head with a slide rule decided they were no good at their job and need a computer to do it for them.

Imagine how you'd feel if you are doing your job and some guy walks in and says from now on you have a computer that's going to make sure you don't do it wrong and monitors what you do.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at May 15, 2015 02:38 PM (39g3+)

237 So the positive train control mechanism is not installed on the train?

Posted by: Penfold at May 15, 2015 02:38 PM (Fbt5B)

238 Mr Engineer sure as hell remembered he needed to lawyer up right away.

Posted by: Blanco Basura at May 15, 2015 02:38 PM (4WhSY)

239 man i can't wait to post the next story. it's about stephie. It's so outrageous.


Self stompage is still illegal in all 13 states of the Old Confederacy.

Posted by: Grump928(c) makes up for his lack of vision with volume of fire at May 15, 2015 02:38 PM (evdj2)

240 Dunno. Something about where the choo-choo go.

Posted by: Mongo the gay engineer at May 15, 2015 02:39 PM (ty633)

241
btw, someone, probably Rush, will make that same point this October and y'all will forget I said it first.

Posted by: Soothsayer at May 15, 2015 02:39 PM (Z1u+G)

242 Remember this: the reason why 2015 was so awesome in 1985's Back To The Future was because our imagination for our future was based on a present with Ronald Reagan as our leader.


-----

Two ties - because tying one tie is not enough.

Posted by: SH at May 15, 2015 02:39 PM (gmeXX)

243 if your mind is already on the conspiracy theory track, definitely do NOT read the update

Posted by: ace at May 15, 2015 02:39 PM (PA7DS)

244 >>Not seeing the Manson thing anywhere reputable. Maybe it's just too soon?

Only place I saw it was on the site that said Freddie Gray had back surgery a week before he died which was bullshit so I think it may just be more internet noise.

Posted by: JackStraw at May 15, 2015 02:39 PM (g1DWB)

245 The WORST possible place to brake


Detroit?

Posted by: Dang, scratching his head at May 15, 2015 02:39 PM (XWo4d)

246 Mr Engineer sure as hell remembered he needed to lawyer up right away.

-----

That's just smart.

Posted by: SH at May 15, 2015 02:39 PM (gmeXX)

247 ". It's so outrageous.
"

Oh come on, you can't tease us like that.

Posted by: Lauren at May 15, 2015 02:40 PM (3ztc7)

248 Posted by: Benji Carver at May 15, 2015 02:37 PM (OD2ni)

Metro North just yanked their booze cars. Which is a crying shame if you ask me.

First the smoking cars, now the booze cars. Apparently they were losing money selling beer. On a train. To a captive audience.

Go figure.

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:40 PM (AkOaV)

249 Confusion factor in an accident, ya, I get that part. You weren't expecting it to happen, you don't know why it happened, so you are not exactly sure what happened.

and the nodding off part, I get that too.

and the lawyering up part, I would do exactly that, now that I am older and have freely admitted my mistakes in the past and paid the price. Not gonna do that again.

Posted by: Allan Keylester at May 15, 2015 02:40 PM (xpyse)

250 237 Posted by: Penfold at May 15, 2015 02:38 PM (Fbt5B)


It's there, Preznit Boyfriend's FCC was so busy with Net Neutrality they never turned it on.

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at May 15, 2015 02:40 PM (/4AZU)

251 Mr Engineer sure as hell remembered he needed to lawyer up right away.

----

If only we all had people show up at certain times to "remind" us that we should lawyer up when we should.

Posted by: SH at May 15, 2015 02:40 PM (gmeXX)

252 Apparently they were losing money selling beer. On a train. To a captive audience.



Go figure.

Posted by: mynewhandle


I'm pretty sure they were doing it rong, then.

Posted by: Moderate Salami at May 15, 2015 02:41 PM (/Ho8c)

253 I heard he said the phone was in the bag and he got it out to call 911 when he woke up after the accident. I call bullshit on that. He was on his phone. They already asked for his phone records. They will compare phone records to the black box and figure if he was on his phone prior to or when he was accelerating. And talk to who he was talking to

Posted by: ThunderB at May 15, 2015 02:41 PM (zOTsN)

254 Its a good point, Soothsayer. Reagan gave us a country we were proud of, had optimism in, and could look forward to greatness. Democrats crapped in those Wheaties every chance they got.

RE: Judy Woodruff donating to the Clintons; at least one major reason the networks all circled the wagons around Steffy is that they're all donating to the foundation. All of them.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at May 15, 2015 02:41 PM (39g3+)

255 If I understand this right, the only direction one could derail the train due to "human error" was in the south to north direction.

Most disasters have a component of wtf in them. Otherwise they wouldn't be disasters.

Posted by: Grump928(c) makes up for his lack of vision with volume of fire at May 15, 2015 02:41 PM (evdj2)

256 Posted by: ace at May 15, 2015 02:39 PM (PA7DS)

Weird!

I don't know if I'm in the "conspiracy" or the "general government incompetence" camp yet...

Either way, this is really weird.

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:41 PM (AkOaV)

257 While you're down there, here's a mop. Clean up a bit.

Please switch to a sponge mop, the strings interfere with our devouring.

Posted by: The Things that live in The Barrel at May 15, 2015 02:41 PM (DL2i+)

258 Sammy Hagar's "I Can't Drive 55" was blaring from his iPod.

Posted by: Stu Podaso at May 15, 2015 02:41 PM (mPyCN)

259 Tubman for the $20! Screw them colored people hating Jackson lovers.

Posted by: Draki at May 15, 2015 02:41 PM (0eidE)

260

man i can't wait to post the next story. it's about stephie. It's so outrageous.


Tease.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at May 15, 2015 02:42 PM (JtwS4)

261 Self stompage is still illegal in all 13 states of the Old Confederacy.

And it makes fur grow on your palms.

Posted by: HR braucht ein Bier at May 15, 2015 02:42 PM (ZKzrr)

262 "If I understand this right, the only direction one could derail the train due to "human error" was in the south to north direction.
"

Hmmmmmmmm

Posted by: Lauren at May 15, 2015 02:42 PM (3ztc7)

263 Only the federal government can loose money selling booze to lawyers.

Posted by: Mikey NTH - The Outrage Outlet Buy A Malediction, Get an Imaginary Insult Half Off! at May 15, 2015 02:42 PM (hLRSq)

264 254 Its a good point, Soothsayer. Reagan gave us a country we were proud of, had optimism in, and could look forward to greatness. Democrats crapped in those Wheaties every chance they got.

RE: Judy Woodruff donating to the Clintons; at least one major reason the networks all circled the wagons around Steffy is that they're all donating to the foundation. All of them.
Posted by: Christopher Taylor at May 15, 2015 02:41 PM (39g3+)

They're like Scientologists. Clintonologists?

Posted by: Insomniac at May 15, 2015 02:42 PM (2Ojst)

265 Though he can't remember a thing about the accident, within a few hours of the crash he did remember he had a Facebook page with his pic on it, which he remembered how to delete said pic.

And right after the crash, he remembered to pull out his phone from the bag it was in (supposedly), turn it on and dial 911.

But those few seconds that the train's speed went from 70 to 106 mph?

Never heard of them.

Posted by: GnuBreed at May 15, 2015 02:42 PM (Uv9e4)

266 They will compare phone records to the black box and figure if he was on his phone prior to or when he was accelerating.


Yeah, baby. Drive that train! Faster, faster...

Posted by: Phone Sex Gal at May 15, 2015 02:43 PM (XWo4d)

267 Posted by: Allan Keylester at May 15, 2015 02:40 PM (xpyse)

oh yeah. Whether my fault or not, the first thing I would say is "I need a lawyer" as they were using the jaws of life to get me out of the train or whatever.

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:43 PM (AkOaV)

268



















OT:





@Laurel_Sweet

BREAKING: Verdict in #Tsarnaev.

Posted by: drunken beancounter at May 15, 2015 02:43 PM (DNhAY)

269 Old Charlie stole the handle and the train won't stop going - no way to slow down.


Posted by: Keith Arnold at May 15, 2015 02:43 PM (iIzG7)

270 This guy was going the speed limit, then sped up right before the turn.

I've never moved a lever exactly wrong in my life.

Posted by: DaveA (in a shower of exploding 50A fuses) at May 15, 2015 02:43 PM (DL2i+)

271 243 Posted by: ace at May 15, 2015 02:39 PM (PA7DS)

My whole thing is I think in crim law speak this guy is not a "sympathetic victim"...

essentially he has a history of being a dickhead activist...

now after German Wings this.

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at May 15, 2015 02:43 PM (/4AZU)

272 So we, thus far, unexplained acceleration and the wrong positive train control mechanism working.

Pure unadulterated speculation on my part, maybe the engineer thought the positive train control mechanism was on for the track he was using and he wanted to see if it really worked.

Posted by: Penfold at May 15, 2015 02:43 PM (Fbt5B)

273 Trains are cool, but Lefty support for them is all about control and increased reliance on the State. Disgusting how unsurprising progressives politicization of this accident is. They're completely devoid of shame.

Posted by: MaddAddam at May 15, 2015 02:43 PM (+9W16)

274 >>Apparently they were losing money selling beer. On a train. To a captive audience.

News report said that Amtrak was losing money on almost all food they serve. A hamburger, which not even God knows why you would buy from Amtrak, costs around $9 on Amtrak but it costs Amtrak almost $16. This is not wagyu beef we are talking about.

It must have something to do with the excellent service they provide.

Posted by: JackStraw at May 15, 2015 02:43 PM (g1DWB)

275 They're like Scientologists. Clintonologists?

Posted by: Insomniac at May 15, 2015 02:42 PM (2Ojst)

___________
This country needs a Clintonectomy.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at May 15, 2015 02:44 PM (oKE6c)

276
"Metro North just yanked their booze cars. Which is a crying shame if you ask me.

First the smoking cars, now the booze cars. Apparently they were losing money selling beer. On a train. To a captive audience."


Sorry to hear that. I rode Metro North for yeas before moving to DC. Do they still have the guy on platform selling beers at GCT?

Posted by: Benji Carver at May 15, 2015 02:44 PM (OD2ni)

277 So, waiting for self-driving cars.Nothing could possibly go wrong there.Posted by: Muldoon, a solid man at May 15, 2015 02:33 PM (NeFrd)

They would provide a new dimension to the term "blue screen of death."
Posted by: Jay Guevara at May 15, 2015 02:37 PM (oKE6c)


----------------------------------


It's scary, but I laughed anyway.

Posted by: Soona at May 15, 2015 02:44 PM (/HX7u)

278 But those few seconds that the train's speed went from 70 to 106 mph?

If he was sleeping or unconscious at the time, or having a really heated argument? Yeah I can buy he doesn't remember well. Plus after huge traumas, often people will blank out the events and immediately after.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at May 15, 2015 02:44 PM (39g3+)

279 A $16 hamburger? What the hell?

Posted by: Moderate Salami at May 15, 2015 02:44 PM (/Ho8c)

280 News report said that Amtrak was losing money on almost all food they
serve. A hamburger, which not even God knows why you would buy from
Amtrak, costs around $9 on Amtrak but it costs Amtrak almost $16. This
is not wagyu beef we are talking about.



But they make it up on volume.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at May 15, 2015 02:44 PM (oKE6c)

281 News report said that Amtrak was losing money on almost all food they serve. A hamburger, which not even God knows why you would buy from Amtrak, costs around $9 on Amtrak but it costs Amtrak almost $16. This is not wagyu beef we are talking about.

It must have something to do with the excellent service they provide graft and corruption.
Posted by: JackStraw at May 15, 2015 02:43 PM (g1DWB)

FTFY

Posted by: Insomniac at May 15, 2015 02:45 PM (2Ojst)

282 I've never moved a lever exactly wrong in my life.

Experienced fighter pilots often forget that pulling the stick back is UP, pushing forward is DOWN. It's an occupational hazard.

Posted by: Grump928(c) makes up for his lack of vision with volume of fire at May 15, 2015 02:45 PM (evdj2)

283 Posted by: Penfold at May 15, 2015 02:43 PM (Fbt5B)

ha, I uh... I doubt that.

That would seem like a stupid way to test the system, no?

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:45 PM (AkOaV)

284 News report said that Amtrak was losing money on almost all food they serve. A hamburger, which not even God knows why you would buy from Amtrak, costs around $9 on Amtrak but it costs Amtrak almost $16. This is not wagyu beef we are talking about.

-----

Just about all governmental services at every level should be outsourced.

Posted by: SH at May 15, 2015 02:45 PM (gmeXX)

285 Most disasters have a component of wtf in them. Otherwise they wouldn't be disasters.
Posted by: Grump928(c) makes up for his lack of vision with volume of fire at May 15, 2015 02:41 PM (evdj2)


*thousand yard stare*

I've seen things. Terrible things. I don't just mean from tiptoeing to the edge of The Barrel.

One of the few positivish parts of working for the psychopaths was discovering that there are alllll kinds of ways that the Laws Of Physics will have fun with moving vehicles.

There were several cases where we were all looking at the pictures and the accident reports and video if it was available and going "Wait, what, how did that happen? How?"


Posted by: alexthechick - Oh please intervene SMOD at May 15, 2015 02:45 PM (mf5HN)

286 BREAKING: Verdict in #Tsarnaev.

Posted by: drunken beancounter


I'm gonna guess no death penalty. They'll show what peace loving libs they all are. Prove they're not like Texas.

Posted by: Dang at May 15, 2015 02:45 PM (XWo4d)

287 This country needs a Clintonectomy.


Hello

Posted by: ISIS at May 15, 2015 02:45 PM (evdj2)

288 Posted by: Grump928(c) makes up for his lack of vision with volume of fire at May 15, 2015 02:45 PM (evdj2)

Have you ever meant to slow down a boat and accidentally pushed the throttle forward for long enough to increase its speed by 30% instead of pulling it back?

Yeah, me neither.

And I didn't go to "how to drive a train" school, either.

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:46 PM (AkOaV)

289 Oh, CLINTONectomy

Our bad.

Posted by: ISIS at May 15, 2015 02:46 PM (evdj2)

290 >>First the smoking cars, now the booze cars. Apparently they were losing money selling beer. On a train. To a captive audience.

I don't even know how that's possible. I guess if nobody ever rides the trains.

They should have done beer and liquor vending machines!

Posted by: Lea at May 15, 2015 02:46 PM (lIU4e)

291 >>>A hamburger, which not even God knows why you would buy from Amtrak

you buy them because you might be on the train for 4 1/2 hours sometimes

also, you buy it for the same reason you dig the dinner on a cross-country flight: It neatly separates the trip into two manageable halves, the half I have to sit through before dinner, and the half I have to sit through after.

Posted by: ace at May 15, 2015 02:46 PM (PA7DS)

292 *thousand yard stare*

I've seen things. Terrible things. I don't just mean from tiptoeing to the edge of The Barrel.

Posted by: alexthechick - Oh please intervene SMOD at May 15, 2015 02:45 PM (mf5HN)


There, there.

Let me comfort you.

Posted by: Sean Bannion at May 15, 2015 02:46 PM (sbV1u)

293 A $16 hamburger? What the hell?

Must be a Six Guys burger.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot Jr. at May 15, 2015 02:47 PM (W5DcG)

294 A hamburger, which not even God knows why you would buy from Amtrak, costs around $9 on Amtrak but it costs Amtrak almost $16. This is not wagyu beef we are talking about.

It must have something to do with the excellent service they provide.


Well some of that makes sense. Its not like they've got a big kitchen, or nice facilities, they have to pay for storage and everything is expensive on a train to run and keep, and they need to pay someone extra to prepare it, etc. Its like food on planes, its just spendy to supply and prep it, more so than a restaurant.

But I doubt it adds up that much. Probably some regulations or someone's pocket getting padded. Contracts with a congressman's buddy or something.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at May 15, 2015 02:47 PM (39g3+)

295 Posted by: Benji Carver at May 15, 2015 02:44 PM (OD2ni)

I've never noticed it, no.

But I'm usually not drinking when I'm on the train. I'm either working, or coming back drunk from the city and have my own damned booze with me.

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:47 PM (AkOaV)

296 and the half I have to sit through after.





Posted by: ace

In the toilet. Nursing an assplosion.

Posted by: Dang at May 15, 2015 02:48 PM (XWo4d)

297 272 Posted by: Penfold at May 15, 2015 02:43 PM (Fbt5B)

Damn it there was a lawyer in the 90s that fell out of a high rise...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garry_Hoy

"Margin of Safety" seldom defeats "pervasiveness of stupid"

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at May 15, 2015 02:48 PM (/4AZU)

298 Why is the FCC spending money on PTC? Allocating a frequency for it sure, but funding it?

Posted by: RioBravo at May 15, 2015 02:48 PM (NUqwG)

299 ...was based on a present with Ronald Reagan as our leader.

Not snarky enough to be thread winner, but brilliant insight, Soothsayer. May be worth tweeting on October 21.

Posted by: Stephen Price Blair at May 15, 2015 02:48 PM (J0IP0)

300
Penalty will be read at 3:00PM.

Naturally I posted this on the wrong thread.

Sheesh.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at May 15, 2015 02:48 PM (St6BJ)

301 and have my own
damned booze with me.

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:47 PM (AkOaV)

in a paper bag?

Posted by: phoenixgirl at May 15, 2015 02:48 PM (0O7c5)

302 "A $16 hamburger? What the hell?
"

And they still lose $8 on each one they sell.

Posted by: Jukin, Former Republican at May 15, 2015 02:48 PM (TV9BR)

303 >>But I doubt it adds up that much. Probably some regulations or someone's pocket getting padded.

It's the labor, I think I read.

Posted by: Lea at May 15, 2015 02:49 PM (lIU4e)

304 It neatly separates the trip into two manageable halves, the half I have to sit through before dinner, and the half I have to sit through after.

-----

I prefer to separate it into neat quarters with each quarter having its own halves of booze.

Posted by: SH at May 15, 2015 02:49 PM (gmeXX)

305 As I've been saying, you could make a GPS-based
system that wouldn't need any new wireless frequencies. Sounds like
another central-planning boondoggle.


Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at May 15, 2015 02:05 PM (oVJmc)


You don't need GPS. It's on tracks. It can't get "lost", and there are no steering decisions to make. You could simply put a bar code scanner on the locomotive, set up to read bar codes on posts near the track, and adjust the speed accordingly. I could think of a dozen ways to do it that would involve neither GPS or the use of radio channels requiring FCC regulation.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at May 15, 2015 02:49 PM (LKDfc)

306 I just want to leave this here.
http://is.gd/Zb11sb

The last picture makes him look kind of cute.

Posted by: HR braucht ein Bier at May 15, 2015 02:49 PM (ZKzrr)

307 and have my own
damned booze with me.

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:47 PM (AkOaV)

in a paper bag?


I store my booze internally.

Posted by: Grump928(c) makes up for his lack of vision with volume of fire at May 15, 2015 02:49 PM (evdj2)

308 well, wingnutz..., if money wasn't the cause of the crash (which we highly doubt), then surely it's because we don't have comprehensive amnesty for every non-american who ever once thought of being in america.

Posted by: joe-impeachin44 at May 15, 2015 02:50 PM (ZtH3P)

309 Posted by: phoenixgirl at May 15, 2015 02:48 PM (0O7c5)

Ha. Sometimes. Usually in my backpack or in a shopping bag.

You can drink on metro north.

Or at least, no ones ever told me I couldn't.

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:50 PM (AkOaV)

310 Damn it there was a lawyer in the 90s that fell out of a high rise...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garry_Hoy

"Margin of Safety" seldom defeats "pervasiveness of stupid"



Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077



Now watch carefully, I'm only going to do this once...

Posted by: Garry Hoy at May 15, 2015 02:50 PM (XWo4d)

311 Wat kind of nimrod tests to see if the train control mechanism is working on his side of the curve?

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at May 15, 2015 02:50 PM (1sJza)

312 >>you buy them because you might be on the train for 4 1/2 hours sometimes

Difference between trains and planes, trains do not have TSA check points. Not yet anyway. You can pick up whatever you want and take it on without having Olga the molester take it away from you at X-Ray.

I ride the Northeast route from time to time and grab stuff before I get on. I may be a beer guzzling, cigarette smoking madman but I'm not crazy enough to eat train food.

Incidentally, the salad on my flight home yesterday was frozen. Not chilly, I'm talking frozen solid. Nasty.

Posted by: JackStraw at May 15, 2015 02:50 PM (g1DWB)

313
"It must have something to do with the excellent service they provide."

Scott Walker should use the Amtrak food story anytime an MSM dolt gives him crap about unions."They had a captive audience of thirsty drunks, and still lost money selling booze."

Posted by: Benji Carver at May 15, 2015 02:50 PM (OD2ni)

314 I'm gonna guess no death penalty. They'll show what peace loving libs they all are. Prove they're not like Texas.


Dunno. We're not all libs here in the People's Republic of Massachusetts and they only deliberated 13 hours. To be on jury jurors had to say they'd be open to imposing the death penalty.

Only takes one juror to disagree, but I think if that was the case they would have deliberated longer.

Posted by: drunken beancounter at May 15, 2015 02:51 PM (DNhAY)

315 Maybe the weren't making money on the booze cause employees were stealing it

Posted by: ThunderB at May 15, 2015 02:51 PM (zOTsN)

316 The southbound track had the older system to control speed. Until AMTRAK got more powerful locomotives last year the train would not accelerate fast enough coming north out of Philly to derail on the death curve.

Posted by: tmitsss at May 15, 2015 02:51 PM (1nj96)

317 I could see buying liquor and burgers on a train. But not at that outrageous price. That's just stupid crazy.

Posted by: Fritz at May 15, 2015 02:51 PM (ty633)

318 So, waiting for self-driving cars.Nothing could possibly go wrong there.

I have some experience in this area. All you need to do is get in, sit down, find the biggest, reddest button on the dashboard and start bashing it like you're a crazed monkey on crack.

Posted by: Rep. Eleanor Holmes-Norton (D) at May 15, 2015 02:51 PM (8ZskC)

319 Comprehensive Amnesia Reform.

Posted by: Grump928(c) makes up for his lack of vision with volume of fire at May 15, 2015 02:51 PM (evdj2)

320 short......!!!!!! i hope it's death!!!!

Posted by: phoenixgirl at May 15, 2015 02:51 PM (0O7c5)

321 "300
Penalty will be read at 3:00PM.
"

I'm heavily betting he escapes the death penalty. Had the little boy's family not come out against it, I'd have some hope, but I can't imagine they'd ignore that since it's Massachusetts, home of lots of feely liberals.

Posted by: Lauren at May 15, 2015 02:51 PM (3ztc7)

322 Eating on a train is way different than on a plane. For one thing you sit at a table, with silverware, and can see the countryside as it goes by. For another the quality is usually way better, and the servings bigger.

But boy is it expensive. That's the major expense on trains that is hidden. Since it takes longer, you have to pack your own food or pay movie theater prices for your food. It used to be that the train was cheaper than flying, but barely by enough to make up for the food costs. I think the train is pretty close to flying now, and the only benefit is you don't have to take your shoes off and get groped by a sick puke wearing blue gloves.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at May 15, 2015 02:51 PM (39g3+)

323 Have you ever meant to slow down a boat and accidentally pushed the
throttle forward for long enough to increase its speed by 30% instead of
pulling it back?



Yeah, me neither.




Wait - let me see if I've got this. Pushing the throttle forward makes it go forward? Is that right?

Posted by: Jay Guevara at May 15, 2015 02:51 PM (oKE6c)

324 I seen it. I was there. That hermaphrodite had it wide open. Wide. Open.

Posted by: Zombie Boxcar Willie at May 15, 2015 02:51 PM (gwG9s)

325 311 Posted by: FenelonSpoke at May 15, 2015 02:50 PM (1sJza)

A Nimrod that was hired because of his carnal proclivities and activism rather than his sober judgement.

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at May 15, 2015 02:51 PM (/4AZU)

326 How to drive a boat. I had friends who couldn't drive a boat at slow speed. They went full lock to the left, waited for the boat to respond, then went full lock right, waited... and repeated, repeatedly.

Posted by: Allan Keylester at May 15, 2015 02:51 PM (xpyse)

327 Accidentally accelerate when he meant to decelerate? They'll be selling lift tickets in Hell before I believe that. Somebody tell be how long it takes to go from 70 to 107 in a train, a vehicle which ain't exactly going to take the quarter-mile and the Winternationals, and you should have plenty of time to realize "oopsie, wrong way again" and back off the controls.

If he didn't figure out by the time he hit about eighty that he was picking up speed instead of slowing down... well, it smells deliberate to me.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at May 15, 2015 02:51 PM (iIzG7)

328 Trains Good!

Expensive archaic alternate transportation GOOD!!

Republicans Bad!

Posted by: Franken Barry at May 15, 2015 02:52 PM (sH832)

329

BREAKING: Verdict in #Tsarnaev.


We find the defendant.....dreamy.

Posted by: Editors at Rolling Stone at May 15, 2015 02:52 PM (oVJmc)

330 "I could think of a dozen ways to do it that would involve neither GPS or the use of radio channels requiring FCC regulation."

They tried bar codes in the early years, but they were unreliable due to snow/mud/wear/other shit that made the code unreadable. That's when the RFID tags came in.

Posted by: jwest at May 15, 2015 02:52 PM (9ZZd+)

331 So the window of opportunity was even smaller.

Posted by: River Guide at May 15, 2015 02:52 PM (RJMhd)

332 I store my booze internally.

Me too, but I find that it loses its effectiveness much faster than when I leave it in the bottle.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at May 15, 2015 02:52 PM (8ZskC)

333 Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer could really put this all into perspective.

Posted by: SH at May 15, 2015 02:52 PM (gmeXX)

334 " I could think of a dozen ways to do it that would involve neither GPS or the use of radio channels requiring FCC regulation.


Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at May 15, 2015 02:49 PM (LKDfc)"

Yeah but how would you spend of $10 billion to do it with common sense.

Posted by: Jukin, Former Republican at May 15, 2015 02:52 PM (TV9BR)

335 Demolition man predicting self-driving cars (NSFW)

https://youtu.be/RnyhkBU1yaw

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at May 15, 2015 02:53 PM (39g3+)

336 Dude!!! Run!!!



The dead woman who had her corpse slashed and breasts and toe removed by a 'romantic rival' is revealed to be a single mother of four as her family say they are afraid of crazed attacker




http://tinyurl.com/odt6gou

Posted by: RWC - Team BOHICA at May 15, 2015 02:53 PM (fWAjv)

337 This positive train control. Is it a thing that goes-up? You know, sorta like a gear shifter? And maybe this thing that goes up vibrates when you don't quite get it into gear? Kinda like a gear shifter, you know, uh, from that old urban legend...
Because I've seen some pretty crazy xrays and read stories about strange objects being, uh, "multi-purposed". You know. And we all know that a certain group of proetktdClass guild SEEM to be the ones with Mrs Butterworth's bottles uh, lodged. Just sayin!

Posted by: Dirk Benedict, Corey Feldman: time for real conspiracy theory at May 15, 2015 02:53 PM (vmAFq)

338 oh, and for the record, you CANNOT smoke on metronorth. They do not take kindly to it.

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:53 PM (AkOaV)

339
So the question is: What do you imagine 2045 will be like?

Yeah, exactly.

Posted by: Soothsayer at May 15, 2015 02:53 PM (Z1u+G)

340 My piece of shit Ford '87 Aerostar would only do 93 miles per hour -- Not because of the drive train, but because the car computer had a limiter built in.

But apparently this highly advanced technology is unavailable to Amtrak design engineers.

Posted by: GnuBreed at May 15, 2015 02:53 PM (Va8gp)

341 "I prefer to separate it into neat quarters with each quarter having its own halves of booze."

Booze comes in fifths, not halves.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at May 15, 2015 02:53 PM (iIzG7)

342 North east corridor is microwaved sandwiches and sporks. What is this silverware you speak of

Posted by: ThunderB at May 15, 2015 02:54 PM (zOTsN)

343 There, there.

Let me comfort you.
Posted by: Sean Bannion at May 15, 2015 02:46 PM (sbV1u)


*rests weary head on your shoulder*

Posted by: alexthechick - Oh please intervene SMOD at May 15, 2015 02:54 PM (mf5HN)

344 You can get from 70 to 106 or so if the diesel engine governor fails and they are known to do things like that or you get a diesel runaway.

Posted by: OldNuc at May 15, 2015 02:54 PM (EPtgo)

345 Maybe the train conducter should have said "Take a break" because he had been on his shift too long.

Posted by: Gregory of Yardale at May 15, 2015 02:54 PM (O7MnT)

346 For real? Damn, that's some acceleration.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at May 15, 2015 02:11 PM (JtwS4)


It was an electric train, powered by overhead wires, so there was essentially an unlimited supply of power. Electric trolley buses have a way more acceleration than their Diesel counterparts for the same reason.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at May 15, 2015 02:55 PM (LKDfc)

347 You don't need GPS. It's on tracks. It can't get "lost", and there are no steering decisions to make. You could simply put a bar code scanner on the locomotive, set up to read bar codes on posts near the track, and adjust the speed accordingly. I could think of a dozen ways to do it that would involve neither GPS or the use of radio channels requiring FCC regulation.
Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at May 15, 2015 02:49 PM (LKDfc)


------------------------------------------


Hmmm. Yeah. Bar codes along the tracks would never attract vandals or graffiti painters.

Posted by: Soona at May 15, 2015 02:55 PM (/HX7u)

348 Have you ever meant to slow down a boat and accidentally pushed the throttle forward for long enough to increase its speed by 30% instead of
pulling it back?


Well accidentally accelerating instead of slowing: possible. Continuing to do so up to 30 mph in a train without noticing? Hell no. Not even possible. Its not like this is a Veyron or something, it takes time for trains to build up speed.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at May 15, 2015 02:55 PM (39g3+)

349 So the question is: What do you imagine 2045 will be like?

------

A celebration of the 100th anniversary of the last time the Cubs were in the World Series.

Two centuries is enough.

Posted by: SH at May 15, 2015 02:55 PM (gmeXX)

350 Why the hell is this system attached to the tracks? So they can send thousands of Union maintenance teams all over the place to make sure they're working?

Put a GPS system on the train and have track segments locations and limits programmed into the system.

My freaking cell phone GPS navigator program knows the speed limits on different road segments.

Posted by: bonhomme at May 15, 2015 02:55 PM (jhqr1)

351 According to CATO, they lose $100 on every ticket sold (average). Ticket from NY to LA they get subsidized $1000.

Posted by: JD at May 15, 2015 02:55 PM (TzeLs)

352 Maybe the train conducter should have said "Take a break" because he had been on his shift too long.


This was a federal employee. It would have to say "take a break but be sure to stay on the premises."

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at May 15, 2015 02:55 PM (8ZskC)

353 "Well, someone increased the train's speed from 70 mph to 107 mph, just in front of a deadly sharp curve."


And obviously that someone had to be a Republican because they love to do evil things. The only thing to figure out is whether it was Sarah Palin or the Koch brothers.

Posted by: Obnoxious A-Hole at May 15, 2015 02:55 PM (KDbAT)

354 Posted by: Jay Guevara at May 15, 2015 02:51 PM (oKE6c)

Ha, I know it's not very intuitive...

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:56 PM (AkOaV)

355 "Margin of Safety" seldom defeats "pervasiveness of stupid"

You can't idiot-proof anything; Nature keeps building bigger idiots.

Posted by: HR braucht ein Bier at May 15, 2015 02:56 PM (ZKzrr)

356 After reading Ace's comments a scenario came to mind. The operator was ( according to previous comments) a big proponent of ( or even activist for) the system to slow down the trains. He hears that it is active in the area and decides that he wants to see how it works. He speeds up thinking that the train will automatically override him and slow it down. when he realizes that isn't happening he panics and slams on the emergency brake, but by then it is too late

Posted by: confuzzled at May 15, 2015 02:56 PM (VqRVE)

357 I have a super stupid question.

From what we have heard so far, this all happened in a matter of a few seconds. Would the system have even worked that fast?

That's a serious question, I have no idea.

Posted by: alexthechick - Oh please intervene SMOD at May 15, 2015 02:56 PM (mf5HN)

358 He won't talk. Lawyered up via Union. And he may not remember it.



They need to interview who he was talking with right before the accident. They got his phone records

Posted by: ThunderB at May 15, 2015 02:12 PM (zOTsN)


Send the fucker to Gitmo and waterboard him.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at May 15, 2015 02:57 PM (LKDfc)

359 It was an electric train, powered by overhead wires, so there was essentially an unlimited supply of power. Electric trolley buses have a way more acceleration than their Diesel counterparts for the same reason.
Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at May 15, 2015 02:55 PM (LKDfc)


------------------------------------


If the EPA had cut coal-fired generation sooner, this accident would never have happened.

Posted by: Soona at May 15, 2015 02:57 PM (/HX7u)

360 Posted by: OldNuc at May 15, 2015 02:54 PM (EPtgo)

they use electricity.

not to be a nerd here, but I have a train sim game I play from time to time.

You can really haul ass (in the game at least) on those acela trains

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:57 PM (AkOaV)

361 "This was a federal employee. It would have to say "take a break but be sure to stay on the premises."

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at May 15, 2015 02:55 PM (8ZskC)"

Since it is a federal employee it would probably also be wise to add the caution, "and don't shit in the hallway."

Posted by: Obnoxious A-Hole at May 15, 2015 02:57 PM (KDbAT)

362 Confizzled may have it right

Posted by: ThunderB at May 15, 2015 02:57 PM (zOTsN)

363 Tsarnaev sentencing verdict has been reached, waiting for the announcement.

Posted by: LincolnTf at May 15, 2015 02:57 PM (2cS/G)

364 "Nursing an assplosion"...gawd there goes my lunch plans again.

Posted by: River Guide at May 15, 2015 02:58 PM (RJMhd)

365 356 Posted by: confuzzled at May 15, 2015 02:56 PM (VqRVE)

Pity he didn't test out the mechanical safety on a 9mm rather than murder 8 people through willful negligence if that is the case.

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at May 15, 2015 02:58 PM (/4AZU)

366 >>>You can get from 70 to 106 or so if the diesel engine governor fails and they are known to do things like that or you get a diesel runaway.


A failed governor? Probably explains why the engine was named "Spirit of Gray Davis".

Posted by: Citizen Cake at May 15, 2015 02:58 PM (PtTYB)

367 Can we make the track, I dunno, more curvy? Like maybe... here. *points at the map*

Posted by: Republicans at May 15, 2015 02:58 PM (XWo4d)

368 So the question is: What do you imagine 2045 will be like?



Yeah, exactly.

Posted by: Soothsayer at May 15, 2015 02:53 PM (Z1u+G)


Trains will be out. We'll be back to Conestoga wagons, if the leftists have their way.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at May 15, 2015 02:58 PM (oKE6c)

369 Something stinks beyond the normal progressive media bias. There's dirt on this engineer - progressive dirt - that the media does not want public. It would hurt their cause.

This engineer stinks to high hell. He's a progressive whacko who is being shielded from public scrutiny by our progressive media.


Posted by: MacGruber at May 15, 2015 02:58 PM (sgrzZ)

370 This could all be avoided if we just installed transporters in every major city.


However it would suck to be that blob of tissue whose cells got reconstituted incorrectly.

Posted by: Muldoon, a solid man at May 15, 2015 02:58 PM (NeFrd)

371 Everybody cross your fingers and think "Death", get a harmonic convergence going.

Posted by: LincolnTf at May 15, 2015 02:59 PM (2cS/G)

372 Posted by: confuzzled at May 15, 2015 02:56 PM (VqRVE)

well, if he just wanted to test it out, why speed up to 107 mph, knowing it takes a train a long ass time to slow down?

why not hit it at 60 and see if it slows down to 50?

and even then, why risk your job to see if the cool government technology works? (since its government, it probably doesnt work well.)

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:59 PM (AkOaV)

373 This could all be avoided if we just installed transporters in every major city.


Maybe pneumatic tubes.

Next to the suicide booths, weed out some of the idiots.

Posted by: HR braucht ein Bier at May 15, 2015 02:59 PM (ZKzrr)

374 If he doesn't get death, who does deserve death?

Posted by: ThunderB at May 15, 2015 02:59 PM (zOTsN)

375 If he doesn't get death, who does deserve death?

Posted by: ThunderB at May 15, 2015 02:59 PM (zOTsN)

376 They have a verdict which they shd be reading now in the littlest terrorist case. spit

Posted by: Bruce J. at May 15, 2015 02:59 PM (iQIUe)

377 It was those Islamic State hackers. They told us they were going to do something awesome.

Posted by: Allan Keylester at May 15, 2015 02:59 PM (xpyse)

378 You can't idiot-proof anything; Nature keeps building bigger idiots.
Posted by: HR braucht ein Bier at May 15, 2015 02:56 PM (ZKzrr)


--------------------------------------


We had an expression in the Army about the equipment we had.

Built by geniuses to be operated by idiots.

Posted by: Soona at May 15, 2015 02:59 PM (/HX7u)

379 Electric engines accelerate very, very quickly. Very fast off the line.

North east corridor is microwaved sandwiches and sporks. What is this silverware you speak of

Well, my only experience is on West Coast long haul trains with a dining car, not just the snack car.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at May 15, 2015 02:59 PM (39g3+)

380
Lookit:

The man's job description was To Operate Train From Destination To Destination Without Killing The Fucking Passengers.


HE LITERALLY HAD ONE JOB.

Posted by: Soothsayer at May 15, 2015 02:59 PM (Z1u+G)

381 Not to be all conspiratorial or anything but has anyone spoken with Mr. Glass about this yet?

Posted by: JackStraw at May 15, 2015 02:59 PM (g1DWB)

382 Tflashbang is gonna be spared the death penalty...

Ogabe will opine about "this shows we're better than ISIS" applause

fin

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at May 15, 2015 02:59 PM (/4AZU)

383 Verdict in the Tsarnaev case...

"We the jury find the defendant, and his attorney, guilty..."

Posted by: Keith Arnold at May 15, 2015 03:00 PM (iIzG7)

384 Tsarnaev verdict about to be read in Bahstan

Posted by: MTF, SMOD is my personal savior at May 15, 2015 03:00 PM (FCsIb)

385 Such a fast verdict tells me it is unanimous. They couldnt all be for lwop. Has to be death.

Posted by: Bruce J. at May 15, 2015 03:00 PM (iQIUe)

386 If he doesn't get death, who does deserve death?

Posted by: ThunderB


Do you support gay marriage?

Posted by: GayKK at May 15, 2015 03:00 PM (XWo4d)

387 Its not like this is a Veyron or something, it takes time for trains to build up speed.

I imagine the engine noise and vibrations would give you a distinct clue as well.

Posted by: bonhomme at May 15, 2015 03:00 PM (jhqr1)

388 "367 Can we make the track, I dunno, more curvy? Like maybe... here. *points at the map*
"

This was actually done when they were first laying down the tracks because the government funding paid out per mile of track.

Posted by: Lauren at May 15, 2015 03:00 PM (3ztc7)

389 Listening to Boston radio, it's all commercials right now.

Posted by: LincolnTf at May 15, 2015 03:01 PM (2cS/G)

390 Even more strange:

- The engineer ranted online about the lack of the PTC a few days beforehand. (seems like he was unaware that it was installed, and that one side had it turned on.

- The engineer is... hold for it... activist... his prior activist record - ssm.

Posted by: WZer at May 15, 2015 03:01 PM (uingK)

391 Posted by: Soothsayer at May 15, 2015 02:59 PM (Z1u+G)

Seriously. All he has to do is push a throttle back and forth.

Seems straight forward enough.

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 03:01 PM (AkOaV)

392 Seeing as Obama put Joe Biden in charge of 800 Billion in stimulus money for infrastructure, because "Nobody messes with Joe..."

An Amtrak crash was inevitable.

Posted by: Oschisms at May 15, 2015 03:01 PM (0qgJ+)

393 "It was an electric train, powered by overhead wires, so there was
essentially an unlimited supply of power. Electric trolley buses have a
way more acceleration than their Diesel counterparts for the same
reason.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at May 15, 2015 02:55 PM (LKDfc)"

All modern trains are basically electric. The difference is where they get the power for the electric motors. On long distance freights they have a diesel engine that turns a generator that powers an electric motor. That way no gearing and more controllable.

Posted by: Jukin, Former Republican at May 15, 2015 03:01 PM (TV9BR)

394 371 Everybody cross your fingers and think "Death", get a harmonic convergence going.

Posted by: LincolnTf at May 15, 2015 02:59 PM (2cS/G)



Why do you want the death penalty?

He's a cute little guy. Let the prison population have fun pounding him in the ass for the next 6 decades.

Posted by: jwest at May 15, 2015 03:01 PM (9ZZd+)

395 He should get death. In Texas where we will actually carry it out

Posted by: ThunderB at May 15, 2015 03:01 PM (zOTsN)

396 385 Posted by: Bruce J. at May 15, 2015 03:00 PM (iQIUe)

It's BWOSTON STWONG!

Trust me they can all make idiot decisions quick.

//Jungle John

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at May 15, 2015 03:01 PM (/4AZU)

397 Unions are notorious for opposing automation (even
protective automation) that takes the actions that are being taken in
the first place by a Union employee. They see such systems as the first
step to complete replacement of the Union member with Automation. If
there was protective automation available but not in use.....look to the
Unions as to why it wasn't in use.

Posted by: MikeTheMoose at May 15, 2015 02:17 PM (0q2P7)


^^^^this^^^^

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at May 15, 2015 03:01 PM (LKDfc)

398
"You can drink on metro north.

Or at least, no ones ever told me I couldn't."


It is allowed. Some MADD typers tried to get the DC version of Metro North (MARC) to ban alcohol a couple of years ago but they refused. Imagine that, treating adults like adults.

Posted by: Benji Carver at May 15, 2015 03:01 PM (OD2ni)

399 369 Something stinks beyond the normal progressive media bias. There's dirt on this engineer - progressive dirt - that the media does not want public. It would hurt their cause.

This engineer stinks to high hell. He's a progressive whacko who is being shielded from public scrutiny by our progressive media.


Posted by: MacGruber at May 15, 2015 02:58 PM (sgrzZ)




I suspect that too. The MSM would be howling for his head on a pike if he didn't have some juice with the progs. Now it only remains to determine the nature of said juice.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at May 15, 2015 03:02 PM (oKE6c)

400 >>Eating on a train is way different than on a plane. For one thing you sit at a table, with silverware, and can see the countryside as it goes by. For another the quality is usually way better, and the servings bigger.

I think this might be true if you're taking the wine train in napa...probably not so much on Amtrak from philly to dc.

Posted by: Lea at May 15, 2015 03:02 PM (lIU4e)

401 http://livewire.wcvb.com/Event/Tsarnaev_Boston_Marathon_Bombing_Trial


Live link above

Posted by: Dang at May 15, 2015 03:02 PM (XWo4d)

402 I don't know if it was mentioned in the previous 350+ comments, but I read in another article about how it's possible that somebody through a brick or a rock through the front window of the train as it was headed towards the curve. Several commenters on the other article said they'd ridden the train in that area and it's not uncommon for the local kids/thugs of unknown origin to throw rocks at passing trains. If a rock/brick did go through the front window it would probably still be found in the engine compartment. That would be a criminal investigation though.

Posted by: digitalbrownshirt at May 15, 2015 03:02 PM (YikDz)

403 Now it only remains to determine the nature of said juice.
Posted by: Jay Guevara at May 15, 2015 03:02 PM (oKE6c)

Man juice.

Posted by: Insomniac at May 15, 2015 03:02 PM (2Ojst)

404 Posted by: Jukin, Former Republican at May 15, 2015 03:01 PM (TV9BR)

Well in NJ and CT they need to switch engines from electric to diesel when you get on the local lines, since the electric isn't everywhere.

which seems... stupid to me.

like there should be a better way to do that.

but again, trains kind of suck.

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 03:02 PM (AkOaV)

405 390 Posted by: WZer at May 15, 2015 03:01 PM (uingK)

I posted his letting his freak flag fly over parking in aught five in Misery friend...

the guy was protesting his mom's nipples at 6 months old I'd wager.

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at May 15, 2015 03:02 PM (/4AZU)

406 It's Massachusetts- it'll be a miracle if he dies

Posted by: MTF, SMOD is my personal savior at May 15, 2015 03:03 PM (FCsIb)

407 I want death for Tsarnaev for any number of reasons, but mainly because I want to see his hag mother cry.

Posted by: LincolnTf at May 15, 2015 03:03 PM (2cS/G)

408 I suspect that too. The MSM would be howling for his head on a pike if he didn't have some juice with the progs. Now it only remains to determine the nature of said juice.
Posted by: Jay Guevara at May 15, 2015 03:02 PM (oKE6c)

He is a flaming "SSM Activist". Zero Hedge has got a few of his pictures.

Posted by: WZer at May 15, 2015 03:03 PM (uingK)

409 Thank you for choosing the ACME Execution Booth. There are two settings: Quick and Painless or Slow and Horrible. Indicate your choice now.


You have indicated Slow and Horrible.

Thank you for Choosing ACME and have a wonderful day.

Posted by: Acme at May 15, 2015 03:03 PM (evdj2)

410 Give Tswarney to us... Death by Snu-Snu!

Posted by: Gaystapo 3% 'ers at May 15, 2015 03:03 PM (Y2eQR)

411 I want to see his hag mother cry.

Posted by: LincolnTf

And then die.

Posted by: Dang at May 15, 2015 03:04 PM (XWo4d)

412
Maybe pneumatic tubes.

****


That would be AWESOME!

Posted by: Muldoon, a solid man at May 15, 2015 03:04 PM (NeFrd)

413 Philly to DC is microwave sandwiches and sporks.

Posted by: ThunderB at May 15, 2015 03:04 PM (zOTsN)

414 Tsarnaev will be sentenced to death by Amtrak.

Posted by: Tex Lovera at May 15, 2015 03:04 PM (wtvvX)

415
"We the jury find the defendant, and his attorney, guilty..."

We also sentence rolling Stone LWOP for the stupid coover.

Posted by: Benji Carver at May 15, 2015 03:04 PM (OD2ni)

416 See? SEE? The politicians keep yammering about high-speed rail. High-speed rail this, high-speed rail that. High-speed rail gets people killed.

Is this what you want, Joey Biden? Is it?

Is this what you want, Jerry Brown? Getting people killed?

Posted by: Keith Arnold at May 15, 2015 03:04 PM (iIzG7)

417 I've got to say, it is nice having a private car on a train when traveling with kids. Crazy engineers aside.

Posted by: Lauren at May 15, 2015 03:04 PM (3ztc7)

418 anyways shit im out of here. I have work to do, I cant believe its already 3.

fuckkkk.

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 03:04 PM (AkOaV)

419 408 Posted by: WZer at May 15, 2015 03:03 PM (uingK)

Quite...

like all things WRT progtardania if you want news you have to go to the UK...

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at May 15, 2015 03:04 PM (/4AZU)

420 "357
I have a super stupid question.



From what we have heard so far, this all happened in a matter of a few seconds. Would the system have even worked that fast?



That's a serious question, I have no idea.

Posted by: alex the chick at May 15, 2015 02:56 PM (mf5HN)"

Electric motors can accelerate pretty quickly, especially when they don't have too much inertia to overcome. The motors on the train are designed to overcome the inertia of tons of railroad cars at a dead stop and get them moving. Once they are already going at 70 mph, it does not take that much to get them going even faster. Especially, as was pointed out, when you have the electric generating capacity of the eastern United States to draw on.

Although I have never ridden in one, I am told that Tesla cars can accelerate really quickly which is disconcerting because they are also really quiet.

Posted by: Obnoxious A-Hole at May 15, 2015 03:04 PM (KDbAT)

421 Radio guy reading tweets from guy in courtroom, so I'll hear it a few seconds after people see it/hear it live. Bring me good news, people.

Posted by: LincolnTf at May 15, 2015 03:04 PM (2cS/G)

422
340
My piece of shit Ford '87 Aerostar would only do 93 miles per hour --
Not because of the drive train, but because the car computer had a
limiter built in.

But apparently this highly advanced technology is unavailable to Amtrak design engineers.


Posted by: GnuBreed at May 15, 2015 02:53 PM (Va8gp)



Trains have had speed limiters for about as long as we have had trains.

This wreck is yet another example of governmental management.

Posted by: Phinn at May 15, 2015 03:04 PM (DLUnW)

423 This could all be avoided if we just installed transporters in every major city.


Maybe pneumatic tubes.

Next to the suicide booths, weed out some of the idiots.


Elongated Musk has his Hyperloop thingamajig he's been pushing.

Posted by: bonhomme at May 15, 2015 03:04 PM (jhqr1)

424
U2's Edge falls off stage. lol

This still shows him standing practically in mid-air like Wile E. Coyote.

Posted by: eleven at May 15, 2015 03:04 PM (oraf/)

425 >>>A failed governor? Probably explains why the engine was named "Spirit of Gray Davis".<<<

Schwarzenegger Express.

Posted by: Fritz at May 15, 2015 03:05 PM (ty633)

426 He is a flaming "SSM Activist". Zero Hedge has got a few of his pictures.

Posted by: WZer at May 15, 2015 03:03 PM (uingK)


Judging from his photo on DM I can't say I'm astonished.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at May 15, 2015 03:05 PM (oKE6c)

427 >>Maybe pneumatic tubes.

Magnets.

Posted by: JackStraw at May 15, 2015 03:05 PM (g1DWB)

428 Magnets.

Posted by: JackStraw at May 15, 2015 03:05 PM (g1DWB)


****


Wouldn't work. You could only travel North-South.

Posted by: Muldoon, a solid man at May 15, 2015 03:06 PM (NeFrd)

429
"I want to see his hag mother cry."


I'm only crying because I just relaized you won't bepaying for myfancy hotel anymore.

Posted by: Tsarnaev's hag mother at May 15, 2015 03:06 PM (OD2ni)

430 Verdict reached in Tsarnaev trial. Jury supposed to read it at 3 pm.

Posted by: Carol at May 15, 2015 03:06 PM (sj3Ax)

431 I understand that the safety system had software problems - must have been the same people who wrote software for Obamacare. I'm sure it cost billions.

Posted by: burt at May 15, 2015 03:07 PM (ls8AU)

432 I suspect that too. The MSM would be howling for his head on a pike if he didn't have some juice with the progs. Now it only remains to determine the nature of said juice.
Posted by: Jay Guevara at May 15, 2015 03:02 PM (oKE6c)


---------------------------------------


He's union. How much more prog juice does one need?

Posted by: Soona at May 15, 2015 03:07 PM (/HX7u)

433 I understand Choo-Choo Boy was a cash register jockey at Target before the engineer job; it'll be REAL interesting to hear how he lucked into the engineer gig with that experience.

Posted by: Sort-of-Mad Max at May 15, 2015 03:07 PM (DLu2s)

434 Maybe there were snakes on the train...

Posted by: Muldoon, a solid man at May 15, 2015 03:07 PM (NeFrd)

435 I have the perfect execution for terrorist boy:

Chain him to a chair and place a pressure cooker bomb in his lap.

BOOM.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at May 15, 2015 03:07 PM (FsuaD)

436 Maybe pneumatic tubes.



****





That would be AWESOME!

Posted by: Muldoon, a solid man


I dunno. Might make my ears pop or something. And if you farted in there you could go too fast and get hurt.

Posted by: Dang at May 15, 2015 03:07 PM (XWo4d)

437 transporters in every major city.

Anything that disassembles someone into atoms kills them. If it recreates another asshole somewhere else it's a different one.

Posted by: DaveA at May 15, 2015 03:07 PM (DL2i+)

438 Good twitter accts for Tsarnaev coverage:

@Laurel_Sweet
@MicheleMcPhee
@JimArmstrongWBZ

Posted by: drunken beancounter at May 15, 2015 03:07 PM (DNhAY)

439 Maybe pneumatic tubes.


I have an idea if we can work a few kinks out of the arrival process.

Posted by: Werner vonBraun - "I Aim For The Stars But Sometimes I Hit London" at May 15, 2015 03:07 PM (8ZskC)

440 We need to go back to being carried place to place in sedan chairs carried by slaves highly paid union employees.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at May 15, 2015 03:08 PM (oVJmc)

441 Jane. That is only just

Posted by: ThunderB at May 15, 2015 03:08 PM (zOTsN)

442 HE LITERALLY HAD ONE JOB.

Posted by: Soothsayer


Hey now!

That horn isn't going to toot itself.

At least not without a union rep and a shop soop.

Posted by: encephaletic ginger engineer at May 15, 2015 03:08 PM (uctT+)

443 Verdict reached in Tsarnaev trial. Jury supposed to read it at 3 pm.

Posted by: Carol at May 15, 2015 03:06 PM


My cynical self is going with "life". Because Massachusetts.

Posted by: RedMindBlueState at May 15, 2015 03:08 PM (h4vJk)

444 Has Chris Matthews commented on the train update?

Posted by: Jane D'oh at May 15, 2015 03:08 PM (FsuaD)

445 >>Anything that disassembles someone into atoms kills them. If it recreates another asshole somewhere else it's a different one.

Millions of Star Trek groupies cry out in anguish.

Posted by: JackStraw at May 15, 2015 03:08 PM (g1DWB)

446 No jurors look at #Tsarnaev.


















One juror who has never worn a tie is doing so today.



















Two of the female jurors have red faces



























































Posted by: drunken beancounter at May 15, 2015 03:09 PM (DNhAY)

447 Odds the first psycho mother goes on a screaming rampage?(at the very least)

Posted by: steevy at May 15, 2015 03:09 PM (mGBKM)

448 Even if he gets death they will never carry it out

Come to Texas. We'll do it

Posted by: ThunderB at May 15, 2015 03:09 PM (zOTsN)

449 Annnnd we have a Barrel.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at May 15, 2015 03:09 PM (FsuaD)

450 Verdict reached in Tsarnaev trial. Jury supposed to read it at 3 pm.



Posted by: Carol at May 15, 2015 03:06 PM




Some delay, as they're still arguing over how many volts.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at May 15, 2015 03:09 PM (oKE6c)

451 No, he's really really truely dead. In fact, he's been dead for at least 7 hours.

Posted by: Bruce J. at May 15, 2015 02:27 PM (iQIUe)


What killed him? Painful and prolonged, one hopes.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at May 15, 2015 03:09 PM (LKDfc)

452 Barrel.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at May 15, 2015 03:09 PM (oVJmc)

453 Fuck, open up the barrel for me...

Posted by: drunken beancounter at May 15, 2015 03:09 PM (DNhAY)

454 According to the movies, jurors never look at defendants when they find them guilty. You can google it!

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at May 15, 2015 03:10 PM (39g3+)

455 Now it only remains to determine the nature of said juice.
Posted by: Jay Guevara at May 15, 2015 03:02 PM (oKE6c)

Man juice.


We call those a "Deathstill" on Arrakis.
Oh, oooooooh, you don't mean? Ewwwww.

Posted by: Maudib at May 15, 2015 03:10 PM (jhqr1)

456 >>Even if he gets death they will never carry it out

>>Come to Texas. We'll do it

It's a federal case. If he gets death, he gets death. MA doesn't even have a death penalty.

Posted by: JackStraw at May 15, 2015 03:10 PM (g1DWB)

457 Jury found that gov proved at least one "gateway factor".

Posted by: Lauren at May 15, 2015 03:10 PM (3ztc7)

458 Death by Sodomizing Yak.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at May 15, 2015 03:10 PM (oVJmc)

459 They usually don't. They don't look at you if its bad

Posted by: ThunderB at May 15, 2015 03:10 PM (zOTsN)

460 There are two threads.

Posted by: Allan Keylester at May 15, 2015 03:11 PM (xpyse)

461 The Barrel must be fed.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at May 15, 2015 03:11 PM (FsuaD)

462 They should get creative with tsarnaev and take some riffs from the norks. Wild starving dogs or tied to a pole on the antiaircraft range would be interesting.

Posted by: dartist at May 15, 2015 03:11 PM (ahBY0)

463 When was the last time the Feds executed somebody

Posted by: ThunderB at May 15, 2015 03:11 PM (zOTsN)

464 Chain him to a chair and place a pressure cooker bomb in his lap.

BOOM.


On Pay Per View, with a big warm-up show.

They could shoot Mumia first as the undercard.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at May 15, 2015 03:11 PM (8ZskC)

465 Never pick Hamilton Berger as your lawyer.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at May 15, 2015 03:11 PM (oVJmc)

466 Once they are already going at 70 mph, it does not take that much to get them going even faster. Especially, as was pointed out, when you have the electric generating capacity of the eastern United States to draw on.

Although I have never ridden in one, I am told that Tesla cars can accelerate really quickly which is disconcerting because they are also really quiet.
Posted by: Obnoxious A-Hole at May 15, 2015 03:04 PM (KDbAT)



I know the trains can speed up very quickly. My question is whether the limiter systems works that fast to prevent that from happening.

I don't know. I assume that's the point of it. I assume the response time would be in milliseconds. In other words, I push the accelerator thingy, the system goes nope nope and the acceleration never happens.

I assume that's how it happens but I don't know that.

Posted by: alexthechick - Oh please intervene SMOD at May 15, 2015 03:11 PM (mf5HN)

467 459 They usually don't. They don't look at you if its bad

Posted by: ThunderB at May 15, 2015 03:10 PM (zOTsN)




So nobody's is looking at Tsarnaev and miming hanging? Pity.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at May 15, 2015 03:11 PM (oKE6c)

468 Posted by: Sort-of-Mad Max at May 15, 2015 03:07 PM (DLu2s)

He had a business degree and had been interested in trains for years-from childhood, so I'm guessing that with training he was as qualified as anyone else to be the engineer.

But he definitely was ranting about the the control

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at May 15, 2015 03:11 PM (1sJza)

469 It's a federal case. If he gets death, he gets death.


In Terre Haute? Heh.

Posted by: HR braucht ein Bier at May 15, 2015 03:12 PM (ZKzrr)

470 All four gateway factors proven.

Posted by: drunken beancounter at May 15, 2015 03:12 PM (DNhAY)

471 Seriously. When was the last time the Feds carried out an execution

Posted by: ThunderB at May 15, 2015 03:12 PM (zOTsN)

472 Today is just the verdict, not sentencing, correct?

Posted by: Tex Lovera at May 15, 2015 03:12 PM (wtvvX)

473 McVeigh was a Fed execution, wasn't it? I don't remember others.

Posted by: LincolnTf at May 15, 2015 03:13 PM (2cS/G)

474 463 When was the last time the Feds executed somebody

Posted by: ThunderB at May 15, 2015 03:11 PM (zOTsN)




McVeigh?

Posted by: Jay Guevara at May 15, 2015 03:13 PM (oKE6c)

475 This is sentencing. Verdict already happened

Posted by: ThunderB at May 15, 2015 03:13 PM (zOTsN)

476 "471 Seriously. When was the last time the Feds carried out an execution
"

McVeigh, I think.

Posted by: Lauren at May 15, 2015 03:13 PM (3ztc7)

477 My son loved trains as a child, too.

But he drove armored vehicles in interesting places.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at May 15, 2015 03:13 PM (FsuaD)

478 Today is just sentencing, lwop or death are the options.

Posted by: LincolnTf at May 15, 2015 03:13 PM (2cS/G)

479 "Well in NJ and CT they need to switch engines from
electric to diesel when you get on the local lines, since the electric
isn't everywhere.



which seems... stupid to me.



like there should be a better way to do that.



but again, trains kind of suck.

Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 03:02 PM (AkOaV)"

They should not have to switch locomotives. The thing that moves the train are big electric motors on each of the axles. What the diesel motor does is spin a generator which produces electricity to run the electric motors. When there are catenary wires over head, the diesel engine can be switched off and the electric power from the wire can be used to run the electric motors on the axles.

By the way, one of the things that puzzles me about the trains that carry shipping containers from the Port of Long Beach up over the mountains and to the rest of America is why they do not have catenary wires running through the LA basin. I mean they are so paranoid about air pollution there and it would also save significant bucks to not run the diesel engine for the first 80 to 100 miles.

Posted by: Obnoxious A-Hole at May 15, 2015 03:13 PM (KDbAT)

480 Members of the jury, how do you find?

"He's nothin' but a low-down, double-dealin', back-stabbin', larcenous, perverted worm. Hangin's too good for him! Burnin's too good for him! He should be torn into itsy-bitsy pieces and buried alive!"

Posted by: Keith Arnold at May 15, 2015 03:13 PM (iIzG7)

481 Yes on aggravating factors.

Posted by: Lauren at May 15, 2015 03:14 PM (3ztc7)

482 Seriously. When was the last time the Feds carried out an execution

With or without a drone?

Posted by: Gregory of Yardale at May 15, 2015 03:14 PM (O7MnT)

483 478 Today is just sentencing, lwop or death are the options.

Posted by: LincolnTf at May 15, 2015 03:13 PM (2cS/G)




Good God, don't give lwop! That's inhuman!

Posted by: Jay Guevara at May 15, 2015 03:14 PM (oKE6c)

484 Never pick Hamilton Berger as your lawyer.

Hey, he won one case.

I am told that Tesla cars can accelerate really quickly which is disconcerting because they are also really quiet.

Yes, electric engines speed up very fast. However, electric engines pulling thousands of tons cannot violate physics. It takes time. You're not going to speed up like a Lambourghini or something.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at May 15, 2015 03:14 PM (39g3+)

485 Make him catch a mortar like my uncle did.

Posted by: Kim Jong Un at May 15, 2015 03:14 PM (8ZskC)

486 >>That is, had this engineer been going north to south, he could not have derailed the train, as this PCT would have prevented him. (Assuming the PCT couldn't be disabled by a saboteur -- which I actually don't assume.)

GOP budget cuts force the trains to run both the safe route and the dangerous death march!!!!!///

Posted by: Chris Balsz at May 15, 2015 03:14 PM (8rRE+)

487 When was the last time the Feds executed somebody
Posted by: ThunderB at May 15, 2015 03:11 PM (zOTsN)


-----------------------------------


I think it was McVeigh.

Posted by: Soona at May 15, 2015 03:14 PM (/HX7u)

488 You know you're in trouble when the jury foreman stares at you and draws his thumb slowly across his throat.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at May 15, 2015 03:15 PM (39g3+)

489 Seriously. When was the last time the Feds carried out an execution?

Does droning count?

Posted by: Barack "Dronestrike" Obama at May 15, 2015 03:15 PM (jhqr1)

490 Then he should fry. I'll throw a BBQ

Posted by: ThunderB at May 15, 2015 03:15 PM (zOTsN)

491 Cute photo of Tsarnaev on Drudge.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at May 15, 2015 03:15 PM (oKE6c)

492 Tesla developed a way to run freight cars along a wave front without engines! But, corporations.

Posted by: Chris Balsz at May 15, 2015 03:16 PM (8rRE+)

493 They could shoot Mumia first as the undercard.

Newsletter?

Posted by: DaveA at May 15, 2015 03:16 PM (DL2i+)

494 Sooo, who's up for a hanging/electrocution/gas chamber/firing squad??

Posted by: Tex Lovera at May 15, 2015 03:16 PM (wtvvX)

495 oh, and for the record, you CANNOT smoke on metronorth. They do not take kindly to it.

I'm guessing bursting into flames is right out.

Posted by: Blanco Basura at May 15, 2015 03:16 PM (4WhSY)

496 McVeigh waved all his appeals. Went pretty quick. Shows how fast things can go when the perp wants it to. And libs say perps think a life sentence is worse. Yeah, right.

Posted by: Dang at May 15, 2015 03:17 PM (XWo4d)

497 Martin Richard is so sweet in that photo

Posted by: ThunderB at May 15, 2015 03:17 PM (zOTsN)

498 Sooo, who's up for a hanging/electrocution/gas chamber/firing squad??

I'm not saying nothin' until you clarify who's getting killed.

Posted by: bonhomme at May 15, 2015 03:17 PM (jhqr1)

499 He won't wave his appeals. He is a pussy

Posted by: ThunderB at May 15, 2015 03:17 PM (zOTsN)

500 The Judge should just turn his thumb down.

Then the bastard should be dragged into the street and shot in the head.


Posted by: Tex Lovera at May 15, 2015 03:18 PM (wtvvX)

501 "464
Chain him to a chair and place a pressure cooker bomb in his lap.



BOOM.



On Pay Per View, with a big warm-up show.



They could shoot Mumia first as the undercard.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at May 15, 2015 03:11 PM (8ZskC)"

Oklahoma is going to using nitrogen to execute prisoners in a painless manner where they just pass out and never wake up.

I do like the suggestion of using liquid nitrogen and once they are frozen solid hitting them with a hammer.

Posted by: Obnoxious A-Hole at May 15, 2015 03:18 PM (KDbAT)

502

What difference, at this point, does it make??!/1/!!?1/1?/?/?

Posted by: Hillary Clinton at May 15, 2015 03:18 PM (HSmrB)

503
Anything that disassembles someone into atoms kills them. If it recreates another asshole somewhere else it's a different one.



hah

I just think of the transporter as a way to move the plot along alittle faster.

Posted by: eleven at May 15, 2015 03:19 PM (oraf/)

504 Tesla invented teleportation but Edison killed him with a fork to prevent us from having it. All praise Tesla, the god of electricity.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at May 15, 2015 03:19 PM (39g3+)

505 Then he should fry. I'll throw a BBQ

Posted by: ThunderB

There was a McDonalds in Florida that put up on their sign, "FREE FRIES IF BUNDY FRIES".

Posted by: Dang at May 15, 2015 03:19 PM (XWo4d)

506 I just think of the transporter as a way to move the plot along a little faster.

Given how rarely they used it in any rational, tactical manner, yeah that's pretty much all it was.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at May 15, 2015 03:19 PM (39g3+)

507 "Yes, electric engines speed up very fast. However, electric engines pulling thousands of tons cannot violate physics. It takes time. You're not going to speed up like a Lambourghini or something."

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at May 15, 2015 03:14 PM (39g3+)


My experience has been with the freight side of railroads, so I don't know too much about Amtrak. Do their trains use "engines" pulling, or are there electromotive units on each car, powering the individual wheel sets?

Posted by: jwest at May 15, 2015 03:19 PM (9ZZd+)

508 Ron White, famous Texan, regarding the death penalty:

"My state has a death penalty, and we will USE IT! You come here and kill somebody, we're gonna kill you right back. Other states are trying to do away with the death penalty; my state's putting in an express lane."

Posted by: Keith Arnold at May 15, 2015 03:20 PM (iIzG7)

509
Tesla invented teleportation but Edison killed him with a fork to prevent us from having it. All praise Tesla, the god of electricity.

That probably is what happened.

Posted by: eleven at May 15, 2015 03:20 PM (oraf/)

510 Do their trains use "engines" pulling, or are there electromotive units on each car, powering the individual wheel sets?

To the best of my knowledge its all pulled by the front, with one or more diesel electric engines.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at May 15, 2015 03:21 PM (39g3+)

511 Posted by: mynewhandle at May 15, 2015 02:59 PM (AkOaV)

maybe he thought the throttle would cut out and it wouldn't allow him to get going that fast... Or maybe he figured that as soon as he felt the brakes kick on he could back off the throttle... Or maybe my theory is off base...

I can see him testing the system to see how it feels when it kicks in.... First car I got with ABS , I went into an empty parking lot, spotted up and slammed on the brakes so I would know what happened

Posted by: confuzzled at May 15, 2015 03:21 PM (VqRVE)

512 Burn you little fucker

Posted by: ThunderB at May 15, 2015 03:21 PM (zOTsN)

513 "492
Tesla developed a way to run freight cars along a wave front without engines! But, corporations.

Posted by: Chris Balsz at May 15, 2015 03:16 PM (8rRE+)"

I believe that is how a rail gun works. I imagine that the neighbors who live near the tracks would be a bit unhappy with the Mach 7 sonic booms.

Slowing down for the stations would be kind of a trick as well.

Posted by: Obnoxious A-Hole at May 15, 2015 03:21 PM (KDbAT)

514 Oklahoma is going to using nitrogen to execute prisoners in a painless manner where they just pass out and never wake up.

__________


I wondered why no one had done that before. I had colleagues who used to have to do experiments on photosynthesis that required them to stay essentially overnight in a small darkroom with nitrogen gas roaring through the sample compartment of a spectrometer.


We always used to worry about them, because the body doesn't sense the lack of oxygen, but rather the buildup of CO2, which of course doesn't build up when you're exhaling. But because you're inhaling no oxygen, you just get drowsier and drowsier, with no sense of panic or alarm, until ... pfft. You're gone.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at May 15, 2015 03:22 PM (oKE6c)

515 "First car I got with ABS , I went into an empty parking lot, spotted up and slammed on the brakes so I would know what happened."

I hope that didn't leave you with four tires with big flat spots; that whole thumpety-thumpety business gets annoying pretty quickly.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at May 15, 2015 03:22 PM (iIzG7)

516 I just think of the transporter as a way to move the plot along a little faster.


You want to pay Colm Meaney to drive a shuttle or just push a button?

Posted by: DaveA at May 15, 2015 03:22 PM (DL2i+)

517 This just in: the jury has opted to make Tsarnaev Ambassador to Libya.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at May 15, 2015 03:23 PM (oKE6c)

518 Tesla invented teleportation but Edison killed him with a fork to
prevent us from having it. All praise Tesla, the god of electricity.


Wait, Edison forked Tesla?

Posted by: Blanco Basura at May 15, 2015 03:23 PM (4WhSY)

519 "My experience has been with the freight side of
railroads, so I don't know too much about Amtrak. Do their trains use
"engines" pulling, or are there electromotive units on each car,
powering the individual wheel sets?





Posted by: jwest at May 15, 2015 03:19 PM (9ZZd+)"

Amtrak uses diesel electric locomotives like freight trains do. The TGV in France uses the type of set up that you are talking about. They use a truck that is shared by two cars and the wheels on the truck have an electric motor on each axle. That means that both acceleration and regenerative braking are applied evenly along the length of the train.

Posted by: Obnoxious A-Hole at May 15, 2015 03:26 PM (KDbAT)

520 What the fuck are all these items the jury voted on? "Was a good student?" WTF?

Posted by: Dang at May 15, 2015 03:26 PM (XWo4d)

521 DEATH

Posted by: just saying at May 15, 2015 03:28 PM (wkuqO)

522 DEATH!!!!!

Posted by: Keith Arnold at May 15, 2015 03:29 PM (iIzG7)

523 "514
Oklahoma is going to using nitrogen to execute prisoners in a painless manner where they just pass out and never wake up.

__________


I
wondered why no one had done that before. I had colleagues who used to
have to do experiments on photosynthesis that required them to stay
essentially overnight in a small darkroom with nitrogen gas roaring
through the sample compartment of a spectrometer.


We always
used to worry about them, because the body doesn't sense the lack of
oxygen, but rather the buildup of CO2, which of course doesn't build up
when you're exhaling. But because you're inhaling no oxygen, you just
get drowsier and drowsier, with no sense of panic or alarm, until ...
pfft. You're gone.


Posted by: Jay Guevara at May 15, 2015 03:22 PM (oKE6c)"

I have been to a number of job sites where I had to watch the confined spaces safety video before I was allowed in. The actors in the video (I hope it was actors and not an industrial snuff film) step into the confined space full of nitrogen and just collapse into unconciousness. I do not know why they would have confined spaces filled with nitrogen but I assume that it is enough of a problem that they make everybody watch the film.

Posted by: Obnoxious A-Hole at May 15, 2015 03:31 PM (KDbAT)

524 always look for
the union label

Posted by: other stuff Jesus said at May 15, 2015 03:36 PM (n5fTN)

525 I hope that didn't leave you with four tires with
big flat spots; that whole thumpety-thumpety business gets annoying
pretty quickly.


Posted by: Keith Arnold at May 15, 2015 03:22 PM (iIzG7)


Well, if the ABS is working, that won't happen. ABS releases the brakes for a fraction of a second, repeatedly, to prevent the wheels from locking and breaking traction. And if the ABS isn't working, I'd sooner flat-spot 4 tires in a parking lot to find out, than find out the hard way.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at May 15, 2015 03:40 PM (LKDfc)

526 Old Charlie stole the handle, and the train it won't stop going...

No way to slow down...

No way to slow down...

Posted by: RKae at May 15, 2015 03:43 PM (kRGK/)

527 As I understand it, the system installed on the north side was the older ATC (Automatic Train Control), but it was active and indeed would have been effective at stopping train from North.

The never installed even the ATC on the south side because the turn is so close to the Philly station that they thought it wasn't necessary as train could not accelerate fast enough.

But they just bought some fancy new Siemens engine that apparently can accelerate like a Lambo.

Posted by: rokshox at May 15, 2015 03:46 PM (Ap82b)

528 Just remember: no matter what, it can't be Amtrak's fault.

Posted by: Daniel Simpson Day at May 15, 2015 03:57 PM (aA2hG)

529 That's gracious of them (Martin Richard's parents). My question was more in response to Tsarnaev's harpy mother.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at May 15, 2015 04:04 PM (1sJza)

530 opps; Wrong thread.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at May 15, 2015 04:05 PM (1sJza)

531 It's going to turn out to be a "raising awareness" event, isn't it.

Mr. Engineer wanted to transform track culture.

Posted by: SarahW at May 15, 2015 04:26 PM (lv2k0)

532 We have to crash the train to see what's in the train.

Posted by: Nancy Pelosi at May 15, 2015 04:49 PM (GE/J+)

533 This is the domestic terrorist I was talking about...except he's gay or something...

Posted by: JEF at May 15, 2015 04:53 PM (GE/J+)

534 I'm betting it is the same source as that "sudden acceleration" problem Toyota had a few years ago.

Posted by: steve walsh at May 15, 2015 04:54 PM (wFwCH)

535 put a little cage in his cell that has a pressure cooker in it. Feed him food from a pressure cooker. Make him crap in a pressure cooker.

Posted by: torsbora at May 15, 2015 04:58 PM (GE/J+)

536 Way late to the thread, but I mentioned this to wife this afternoon, how often have you ever heard of a copy-cat killer on crime shows? Except, in this case, they don't have a wide body jet to slam into the Alps. Just a rudimentary understanding of Newton's suggestions Laws, the first one in particular. And a train.

One and a half minutes before curve you put the pedal to the medal, then at the exactly worst second (for the safety of the passengers) you hit the brakes. Instead of rounding the curve and failing, the train plowed straight ahead. An apple didn't have to smash forcefully into Newton's noggin for him to figure this out. Try it yourself, someplace safe. It's easier, and safer, at low speed, on snow and ice. Speed, a curve, then brakes, equals out of control forward motion. Not occasionally, every time.

This is a copy-cat suicide/homocide case. It should be interestingly to watch all the players in the game shuffle around, obfuscate, and tell us to ignore our lying eyes. All because some tiny, tiny group with an agenda has brainwashed the media and television to portray them as victims, above reproach. Fuck that, no one is above reproach. I'll include myself.

Just for fun, watch the movie 'Basic Instinct' and wonder which group of individuals got their panties in a twist about the plot. Was the movie stereotypical? Hardly. But hardly an inaccurate portrayal.

Posted by: SE Pa Moron at May 15, 2015 06:18 PM (xQX/f)

537 After reading about half of the comments I see that people don't understand 'retrograde amnesia' which will undoubtedly be Choo Choo's defense. He doesn't remember. May or not be true. If it was his intent to derail the train, which was in his mind minutes before the crash *that* he will remember. The actual crash with concussion, probably not. So that's an important question he needs to be asked under oath. *That* he will remember.

Memory is like a two step process: imagine a road crew laying fresh asphalt on your street. One machine lays the asphalt, a couple minutes later some steamroller pounds the hot asphalt down, all nice and flat. The initial memory is the asphalt being laid, but it's not permanent until the steamroller comes along, minutes later. It's probably a chemical process but real nevertheless.

I swear this is true. All night long, at that exact moment, I am awake. If my wife were to whisper in my ear, 'Are you awake?' I would answer yes. Because I am. It's only after the steamroller comes along, minutes later, that my awareness is pounded into lack of memory.

I've actually tested this on my wife* (scaring the bejesus out of her in the process) and found it to be true. She's awake. All night long. It's not until the steamroller comes along, minutes later, that her experience of being asleep is cemented.

* Don't try this at home. We're both pros in our field so this kinda stuff we slough off. YMMV.

Posted by: SE Pa Moron at May 15, 2015 07:22 PM (xQX/f)

538 NEWS FLASH ! Even though Obama is President, even if Obama does it or even if he didn't, IT'S STILL G.W.BUSH'S FAULT ! (because fools and morons love to lockstep for amoral pathological sociopaths in power)

Remember,Obama made ISIS what it is today and Obama now blames G.W.Bush for what Obama has done.

Posted by: ron n. at May 15, 2015 09:22 PM (YVQn/)

539 The engineer has political correctness on his side, so even if found intentional, he can't be found guilty. Like slick willy, all those women and children he preyed upon, molested and preyed upon him, and were bimbos anyway. You can't be wrong if you're a socialist or muslim. Look at all the terrorism jihad Islam perpetrates, but is not guilty of terrorism.
Satan's children in charge.

Posted by: ron n. at May 16, 2015 08:27 PM (YVQn/)

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