Train derailment in Mississippi River, Wisconsin

Posted by $ jbrenner 1 month ago to News
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How much longer will it be until the U.S. devolves into an Atlas Shrugged dystopia?

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  • Posted by freedomforall 1 month ago
    Who is responsible for track maintenance?
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    • Posted by $ Commander 1 month ago
      Harsco-Fairmont has a huge contract for bed and rail maintenance across the continent.
      Any place you have deep waterways in proximity to rail bed you shall have maintenance issues, especially in the snow belt. This is the same reason for road restrictions on heavy equipment during winter months .... frost heave and cavitation.
      A week ago I cut up some heavy gage rail for a friend. On the interior bearing surface, that which the rim of the wheel rides against, were micro cracks that did not reach to the surface of the material. They were in a vertical orientation, shear, to the load applied. Another section I cut was a severe delamination across the same cross section.
      This is just the physical rail. Ties and beds are equally subject to wear and tear.
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      • Posted by $ 1 month ago
        So Harsco-Fairmont is who John Galt works for? I'm only half joking, and I did see your post regarding sabotage.

        Quite seriously, there is a John Galt who does my yearly A/C maintenance for Able Air. I have several of his autographs.
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        • Posted by $ Commander 1 month ago
          The Galts of the world only work for themselves, employed or not. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED
          I have a business card for a John Gault Companies. Trucking outfit based in Garden Prarie IL.
          I repaired the spindle on one of his trailers that broke down in MN a few years ago.
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  • Posted by mhubb 1 month ago
    another non-accident...

    we are under attack
    have been for a while now

    our on government
    red china
    mexican cartels
    so-called environmentalists
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    • Posted by $ Commander 1 month ago
      In answer to your post, I called a friend of 20 years. He was a cell coordinator for 5 FBI rail investigation teams.
      Less than 1% of these incidents are known tampering. We agreed upon a 3% that were questionable due to the handling of required document control spelled out in national operation regulations. When Jim started his work there were some 300 pages of regulations. When he finished there were some 900 pages, and speculatively today, some 1300. Re-certification for engineers and controllers is required every 3 years.
      Add the logistics of physical maintenance, which I posted above, and you have a recipe for disasters .... literally.

      My personal experience is based upon working with the engineers from Harsco/Fairmont in developing parts and equipment for their rail maintenance rigs.

      So, non-accident? Probabilities are low. I lived in this area for more than 40 years. My grandfather and dad both worked the rail running this corridor. An interesting tidbit from my FBI guy. Freight rail is allowed when up to 5 inches of water is over the top of the rail.
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