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South Africa Railway Accident Jan 2018
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Author:  softwerkslex [ Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:30 am ]
Post subject:  South Africa Railway Accident Jan 2018

This is relevant to preservation because many of us have similar power cars at the front of our trains. Can a similar accident happen on preserved railways today? What protections should be in place for power sources and fuel supplies?

The recent South Africa accident appears to be primarily a fire accident. It appears the head end power car on the train was the main source of fire. Does the size of the fire seem normal for a diesel powered head end power source? It seems almost like the head end power car was gasoline or LPG powered instead of diesel.

Author:  Alexander D. Mitchell IV [ Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:38 am ]
Post subject:  Re: South Africa Railway Accident Jan 2018

Article, since almost no one in the North American media is discussing it:

http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/04/africa/so ... index.html

Author:  PaulWWoodring [ Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:45 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: South Africa Railway Accident Jan 2018

The severity of the crash may have more to do with the fact that the RofSA's railway gauge is, I believe the "Cape Gauge" of 42 inches, and their equipment is smaller and lighter than our typical standard gauge equipment. When I heard about this, I was remembering accidents where a truck managed to derail a full-sized passenger train (like Amtrak) in this country, and it usually takes something like a low-boy with a big transformer on it, or a cement mixer, or a fully loaded fire engine pumper (the late 1980's Crescent wreck comes to mind). Even those kinds of collisions in this country come nowhere near the carnage of this accident.

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