Lightning leads to high speed crash

Discussion in 'Railways, Highways, Waterways' started by KrazyKat, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

  2. AngryMiller

    AngryMiller Original Member

    Ouch. Drop a phase and those motors just won't run right. Drop a phase at high speeds and you are toast. Blame the designers for not building in surge protection since it is readily available and does work quite well when properly designed and installed.
     
  3. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Most rail systems run on DC -- no phases.
     
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  4. AngryMiller

    AngryMiller Original Member

    Something got into either the controller or the motor power supply. Had they had better surge protection this might have been just an inconvenience instead of being a fatal accident. The track control software should never have let this happen either. Detect a train hasn't crossed a point and shut down the trains behind to avoid rear end accidents. Technically avoidable.
     
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  5. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    Humans fault equipment, but burying wreckage at accident scene not well received:
    http://www.voanews.com/english/news...uipment-for-Deadly-Train-Crash-126307418.html
    Add this to my list of reasons not to travel there.
     
  6. AngryMiller

    AngryMiller Original Member

    Massive failure on the part of the designers to provide proper track monitoring equipment. They've had some of the managers arrested over this incident. Might wind up costing China $$$$$ in exports for this train. Sad thing is that it didn't need to happen.
     
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  7. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Nothing that won't be solved by a few bullets in the back of the head ... or by the 100-year-old technology that most of the world now uses.
     
  8. AngryMiller

    AngryMiller Original Member

    The fallout from this isn't over yet. PRC officials have recalled some of the trains. Funny thing is that no one has ever been killed like this while riding a Japanese bullet train. Different safety standards.
     
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  9. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

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