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Train Wrecks Vol. 2

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DISASTROUS DEBUT

Amtrak Cascades train 501’s ill-fated new route

RAILROADING’S TITANIC

The story of Lac-Mégantic

FATAL DISTRACTION

The 2008 Chatsworth, Calif., crash that hastened the push for positive train control. Two stories: Accident details and lessons for first responders

THE WRECK AT CHASE

The fatal 1987 crash of an Amtrak train and Conrail units prompts action on the industry’s alcohol and substance abuse problem

THE MISSISSAUGA MIRACLE

A catastrophic derailment — but with no fatalities

MY NIGHT ON A WRECK TRAIN

For a young boy, watching the cleanup of a derailment proves to be memorable

SNAPSHOT OF A TRAIN WRECK

A misaligned switch led the Silver Star to collide with a CSX freight

THE PERFECT STORM

A 1985 Colorado wreck was preceded by a combination of errors, communication problems, and misfortune

THOSE WHO DERAIL...

A good day on the railroad can go bad in a matter of seconds

WHO YOU GONNA CALL?

Small company cleans up big messes

RUNAWAY

A cold night in Colorado gives one crew more than it could handle

BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU BURY THE BODIES

You never know what may turn up one day at the scene of a wreck

AMERICAN GRADE CROSSINGS

A history of carnage, a hope for improved safety

WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A BROKEN NOSE?

Fix what’s left and shorten it up. That’s what the doctor ordered

THE GREAT KANSAS CITY FLOOD OF 1951

How Santa Fe Railway officials acted fast and tapped non-railroad skills to get trains back in action