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Thread: Amtrak Cascade Derailment at Dupont, WA

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    Default Amtrak Cascade Derailment at Dupont, WA

    My wife is listening to the radio and just told me that an Amtrak train left the tracks near Dupont and went on to adjacent I-5. This is the line that runs past Ft. Lewis and was recently upgraded to 70mph Sounder and Amtrak service. Passenger service on the line just started this morning (12/18).
    http://www.king5.com/article/news/lo.../281-500155673

    I'll provide updates as they roll in. It looks as though this was the very first regularly scheduled Amtrak train to use the upgraded line. For those of us who live in the area, the train jumped the tracks at an overpass to I-5 near Mounts Rd.

    http://www.king5.com/article/traffic.../281-500303305
    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 12-18-2017 at 05:12 PM.
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    Injuries and casualties confirmed by King 5 News.
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    Confirmation: Amtrak train 501, 70 passengers on board. It was the inaugural train on the upgraded line.
    Bill Anderson, Mile Post 18 regular

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    Thanks for the updates. Tragic story and event. Was rolling about 75-80 MPH?


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    Individuals with questions about their friends and family on train 501 should call 800-523-9101
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    Individuals with questions about their friends and family on train 501 should call 800-523-9101

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Anderson View Post
    Confirmation: Amtrak train 501, 70 passengers on board. It was the inaugural train on the upgraded line.
    Only 70 passengers? I'd have thought more, but fortunate for them it had a light load.
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    Wanted to clarify something about the Amtrak train. The news says stuff like "An Amtrak passenger train on its inaugural trip on a new service route"... They forgot one important word "first PUBLIC trip" They've been running test trains on this route for months. They've spent the last month or so qualifying the engineers on the line. They go out and are trained and tested before they're allowed to operate a revenue trip. It's not like they say "Here's a map Bill, head south along 5 and turn left" and put you on a train full of passengers.
    Yes, indeed, it was the first REVENUE run. (Meaning with paying customers). But it was far from the first train over the track. This wasn't the railroad version of a test flight. It was an experienced crew on a track that was inspected and tested thoroughly before opening. The engineer, who is a friend, but who's name I'm intentionally not mentioning, posted comments on his FB page about qualifying on this line in previous weeks. This was NOT his first time over the track. They don't do things that way.

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