The real reason Amtrak 188 wrecked was that an 1864 railroad right of way alignment had never been eased. IF the curve at Frankford Junction had been eased to 1%, then Train 188 would have been above the speed limit of 90 mph but the train would have NOT derailed.
The Northeast Corridor is an amazing demonstration of what can be accomplished over alignments designed in the 1850's and 1860's.
Here is the New York Times article discussing the NTSB report:
What is engineer Bostian's status? Is he operating freight locomotives? Ironically, being a freight engineer means you work with a conductor in the locomotive cab.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
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