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Train Tragedies and Transformations

Derailments, fires and crashes continue as the U.S.’s rail infrastructure decays and technology solutions lie fallow

Broken Rails Are Leading Cause of Train Derailments

The cause of the Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia is under investigation, but broken rails and welds are more than twice as likely to cause train derailments than any other reason

May 13, 2015 — Abigail Tracy, Tal Reznik and Vocativ

Signal Failure (Again) Likely Caused Shanghai Train Collision

Two subway trains collided in the city of Shanghai on September 26, injuring hundreds, according to early reports. And, much like the collision of two high-speed trains that killed 40 people near Wenzhou on July 23, the culprit appears to be signal failures.According to Chinese news magazine Caixin, the signals began to malfunction at least an hour before the crash, which caused operators to attempt to coordinate the system by phone...

September 27, 2011 — David Biello

The Future of Trains

As the United States gears up for Thanksgiving and its busiest travel week of the year, might high-speed trains get people where they're going faster in the near future?

November 23, 2009

Is the Engineer Alert?

Train Control Apparatus Stops Train Automatically if for Any Reason the Engineer Fails to Respond to Signals

May 1, 1929
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