Ohio-CSX runaway!

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by CP_milwaukee, May 15, 2001.

  1. CP_milwaukee

    CP_milwaukee Member

    Hear about that runaway train in Ohio? Originally, they thought the engineer had a heart attack, but when they jumped on board, no one was around [​IMG]

    Updates comin' soon...

    Drew [​IMG]
  2. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member

    Just heard that on the news here in Sydney. reckon it rolled for 65 miles, before someone jumped on and found nobody there!

  3. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member

    Just saw the footage on the TV news. Driver forgot the parking brake! TOOTing along for ages! Raced up the back and hooked on.. slowed it down a bit, then someone jumped on. DOn't they have "dead man handles" on those things?

  4. LC

    LC Member

    Lucky people and a very lucky railroad!!
    You can bet there will be a few job openings in the very near future.

    [This message has been edited by LC (edited 05-16-2001).]
  5. Voice

    Voice Member

    Heard on NPR tonight, an interview with some spokesperson from CSX. She said that the engineer had gotten down, to align a switch, and when he realized that he'd not gotten all the brakes set, he tried to reboard the train, but it was moving too fast. According to her, he got scraped up a bit, but evidently was not hurt too badly.

    Do I detect a slight shortage of train crew??

  6. T.K.Marletter

    T.K.Marletter New Member

    in my day, most locals had a caboose, 2 brakeman, and an engineer and conductor. These days everyone is trying to svae money, but this time, my former employer went too far. [​IMG]
  7. Chessie_SD50_8563

    Chessie_SD50_8563 New Member

    Most defentally a overworked man

    "Everyone has the right to be stupid... just NS mastered it!"
  8. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member

    Does anybody know the three guys involved in stopping it? Just saw them interviewed on the Kate & Matt show (NBC Today).

  9. George

    George Member

    I always am interested in the "heritage" of a line when a story breaks.

    Does anybody know who operated this line 30-40 years ago?

  10. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member

    Don't the have dead man handles, that automatically apply the brakes if they haven't pushed the dead man button every 5 mins or so?? They even have them on the tracks here... If a driver goes through red, a lever on the track forces the brakes on.
  11. George

    George Member

    This story gives "Stuck in Neutral" a whole new meaning.

    George. [​IMG]
  12. T.K.Marletter

    T.K.Marletter New Member

    mis-post, read next one down,--- tim.

    [This message has been edited by T.K.Marletter (edited 05-25-2001).]
  13. T.K.Marletter

    T.K.Marletter New Member

    I have an idea on a safety device to prevent runaways.

    there would be a sensor in the engineer's seat that would override the throttle, and apply brakes if the engineer wasn't in the seat for longer than 10 or 15 minutes, while in motion. I don't know if this has already been invented or not, it's been since 1996 when I was last in an engine when I helped EMD test, and develop the SD70,80 & 90 MAC's. those were nice engines, however. Yes, I lived in London, Ontario for about a year.

    [This message has been edited by T.K.Marletter (edited 05-25-2001).]
  14. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member

    Found this on runaways!

    London Underground train departs driverless with 150 passengers
    Martyn Thomas <mct@praxis.co.uk>
    Thu, 2 Dec 1993 17:29:24 +0000 (GMT)
    According to BBC Radio 4 news (17.00 Dec 2nd), a Picadilly Line underground
    train travelled 1.5 miles at 20-40 mph including going through Caledonian Road
    station, without a driver.

    The driver (and sole crew) had got out to close a door "without carrying out
    the proper procedure to shut down the drive systems" according to a spokesman
    for London transport.

    The train stopped automatically at a red light, and was boarded by LT staff
    who had commandeered the following train and given chase.

    No passenger pressed the emergency alarm - but it wouldn't have helped as it
    just rings a bell in the driver's cab.

    A colleague believes that there is a "dead-man's handle" which the driver must
    have disabled. My theory is that the train had decided to play Mornington
    Crescent and seized its opportunity. --

    Martyn Thomas, Praxis plc, 20 Manvers Street, Bath BA1 1PX UK.
    Tel: +44-225-444700. Email: mct@praxis.co.uk Fax: +44-225-465205

    [I presume this is a NEW incident. RISKS-9.81 described a case contributed
    by Stephen Page: On 10 Apr 1990, the driver of an Underground train had
    taped down the drive control, relying instead on the doors being closed to
    enable the train to move forward. He then left the train to see why the
    doors had not closed. The doors closed, and the train took off. But
    Martyn's report sounds like the same story! Maybe it was just the same
    driver, 3.6 years later. PGN]


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