Fatalities reach seven-year high as railroads embark on a record expansion
A lack of capital investments for safety improvements or the speed of the driver could have caused the tragic derailment of Amtrak 188
Preliminary data showed an Amtrak train in Philadelphia was traveling at more than 100 mph on May 12 when it derailed, killing seven people and injuring more than 200
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
NYC Commuter Train Crash Highlights Need for Rethinking Rail Crossings
Safety experts say hundreds of thousands of crossings could be improved. Here’s how
25 Train Tragedies Could Have Been Prevented in the Past Decade by This Technology
An automated system that could have averted a December 1 commuter rail crash in New York City is stalled in a tug-of-war between Congress and the rail industry
Spanish High-Speed Train Crash Offers Safety-System Lessons
The tragic incident has brought a decades-old Spanish success story crashing to a halt
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...
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?
U.S. High-Speed Rail Projects Aim to Catch Up [Slide Show]
The Obama administration will make up to $13 billion available for high-speed railroad projects across the nation, which lags far behind the fast railways of Asia and Europe
The Physics of Disaster: An Exploration of Train Derailments [Excerpt]
Understanding the science behind trains can help identify the causes of accidents—and lead us to safer railways
Train of Thought Derailed: How an Accident Can Affect Your Brain
A survivor of last week's deadly train derailment in Spain illustrates how disaster can alter your mind
Is the Engineer Alert?
Train Control Apparatus Stops Train Automatically if for Any Reason the Engineer Fails to Respond to Signals