east point wrote:IMO Amtrak cannot be blameless for this accident. The CR locos were on track 4 (?) that merged into track 3 just before the bridge. At one time PRR had a split rail derail that would take any train that over ran the stop signal on track 4 to go into a berm. Amtrak removed that split rail derail switch. That then allowed any over run on track 4 to proceed thru the connecting switch on track 3. CR locos did not stop on track 4 fouling track 3 in front of the Amtrak train.
STrRedWolf wrote:And they weren't. Train 94 was running over the speed limit imposed by the equipment (105 MPH on Heritage equipment).
Alcochaser wrote:STrRedWolf wrote:And they weren't. Train 94 was running over the speed limit imposed by the equipment (105 MPH on Heritage equipment).
There was some considerable debate over this. There was only a single heritage coach in the consist. Train 94 usually didn't have a heritage coach. In the end running at the Amfeet MAS vrs the Heritage MAS played no factor in the events.
The Conrail B36-7 trio blew threw a red at 60MPH with the crew on weed, this caused them to slide out into the path of an Amtrak heading the same direction.
jhdeasy wrote:I was traveling southbound from New York NY to Alexandria VA on The Silver Meteor on that fateful Sunday back in January 1987. We spent some considerable amount of time held at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia when we were told that there was a derailment, with significant injuries, blocking Amtrak's tracks north of Baltimore. Finally we backed up from 30th Street Station to Zoo Tower, possibly further, and we interchanged to the former B&O, which we then followed south to Washington Union Station. That was over a hundred new "rare" miles for me! I think I finally got to Alexandria about 4 hours late that night. I didn't know the full scope of the tragedy until the next day when I saw Monday's Washington Post with a special photo section headlined "The Wreck of The Colonial."
STrRedWolf wrote:Okay, you got me interested, because CSX still has track going up into Delaware, and they got the B&O lines via Conrail