Positive Train Control collision on CSX

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JimBoylan
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Positive Train Control collision on CSX

Post by JimBoylan » Tue Sep 03, 2019 12:31 am

Toledo Blade
It was the sort of railroad collision that Positive Train Control was intended to prevent.
At a switch where two tracks on CSX Transportation’s line between Toledo, Fostoria, and Columbus converge into one, a train hauling ... north … ran into the cars of a southbound train ....
The Aug. 12 crash ... appears to have happened ... despite the presence of Positive Train Control ….

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Re: Positive Train Control collision on CSX

Post by johnpbarlow » Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:16 am

Excerpt from Trains Magazine on-line article of 8/26/19:
PTC was active on the line at the time of the predawn collision near Carey, Ohio, on CSX’s former Chesapeake & Ohio route between Columbus and Toledo, according to people familiar with the matter.

But the safety system had been disengaged on the northbound train, Columbus-Willard local H702, that slammed into the side of southbound unit frac sand train W314 at the end of a passing siding, sources tell Trains.

PTC “is on that line and active. The rub being the crew that blew the signal had the PTC disengaged for switching purposes,” a person familiar with the matter says.
And one more excerpt:
Even after the 2020 deadline, operating without PTC engaged would be permissible under certain limited circumstances, including switching, yard-to-yard moves, and when a train’s locomotive fails to connect with the PTC system while already en route, federal officials say.
http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/20 ... e-with-ptc

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Re: Positive Train Control collision on CSX

Post by mmi16 » Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:55 pm

johnpbarlow wrote:
Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:16 am
Excerpt from Trains Magazine on-line article of 8/26/19:
PTC was active on the line at the time of the predawn collision near Carey, Ohio, on CSX’s former Chesapeake & Ohio route between Columbus and Toledo, according to people familiar with the matter.

But the safety system had been disengaged on the northbound train, Columbus-Willard local H702, that slammed into the side of southbound unit frac sand train W314 at the end of a passing siding, sources tell Trains.

PTC “is on that line and active. The rub being the crew that blew the signal had the PTC disengaged for switching purposes,” a person familiar with the matter says.
And one more excerpt:
Even after the 2020 deadline, operating without PTC engaged would be permissible under certain limited circumstances, including switching, yard-to-yard moves, and when a train’s locomotive fails to connect with the PTC system while already en route, federal officials say.
http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/20 ... e-with-ptc
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