[RS] High Winds Derail Freight Train
My question here is, Where was the contract weather
service used by BNSF that should have warned the NOC
about this? Based on the storm reports I've seen, the
intensity of the winds was evident back to the west
and northwest. And I've always operated on the belief
that 50-60 mph crosswinds would get a train stopped or
slowed. Perhaps Wes or Pat can chip in on the wind
threshold for putting up the red flag on trains. I'm
not trying to point fingers but, as I make part of my
living on the weather, I'm always curious when my
--- Mike Murray <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
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Barton Jennings <bjennin1@...>
The wind issue is one which has bitten railroads before. Most equipment is
rated at about 100mph winds, but that includes train speed, etc. The UP has
installed wind gauges at several bad locations such as the Blue Mountains in
Oregon where wind gusts will jump to 100mph or more very quickly (when I was
Roadmaster there, we had a substained wind of 60mph which suddenly jumped to
over 100mph-a train lost a number of trailers and containers which derailed
it and another train it met at Union Jct.-while investigating the
derailment, another wind came up and several of us flew across a fence
[getting back up the hill and acros the fence was much harder]).)
The idea of 50mph winds requiring trains to be slowed or stopped is due to
this combination of wind speed and train speed.
The point on monitoring these speeds is good. It took several such
derailments before gauges were installed. Today, many of the weather
monitoring systems can track wind speeds, but as discovered at airports,
these small micro-bursts are hard to find and predict.
It is interesting also that the train was stopped and that the equipment was
RoadRailers. The CSX had some problems with RoadRailer blowing off tall
bridges back east in the hills, one of the reasons CSX didn't stay with the
system. I've got some loading data on them, I'll see what their center of
gravities are and what their weights are. However, it would seem that they
would be less likely to blow over than regular trailers on flat cars.
At 08:15 PM 2/9/01 -0800, you wrote:
My question here is, Where was the contract weather-----