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 Post subject: Wreck on the New Canaan Branch - August, 1969
PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:12 pm 

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Childhood experiences with trains, a cross-country train trip when he was eight years old, a job with the railroad, and a tragic accident on New Haven's New Canaan Branch line in August, 1969 all instilled in Bob Hughes "A Lifetime Love of Trains."

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 Post subject: Re: Wreck on the New Canaan Branch - August, 1969
PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:44 pm 

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As I recall the NH New Canaan Branch accident was a head-on collision on single track operated under manual block signal rules. One train exceeded its authority and entered a block to which an opposing train had authority and they collided.

In the last 10 years there was a similar close call. In this case, single track was controlled by automatic block signals and interlocked turnouts. There were neither cab signals nor ATS.

Again a train exceeded its authority and passed a stop-signal and ran through a turnout onto the single track. Here, though, the opposing engineer saw an anomalous signal, stopped her train and contacted the dispatcher who was able to reduce the collision to a bump. The agency installed cab signals and PTC on all its single track lines as soon as they could get the money and the hardware.

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