Train derailments and explosions and chemical spills

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It would make sense that "rogue" electrical charges might be attracted to miles and miles of steel rails. would the nature of the electrical charges, possibly from the sun, cometary influences, charges from within the earth, or whatever produces the "sprites" maybe build up in the rails and spontaneously arc here and there causing trains to "jump" I know I have been getting shocked by almost everything I touch that is metal for the last 7 months or so, sometimes more than just a little.
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Kniall said:
What can we do with this data?!

It speaks for itself, I'm still picking my jaw off the floor here. Perhaps we could do the same google maps thing as with the sinkholes, or maybe if we can start sourcing video reports of each one we could make some kind of compilation. This is some of the most overt symbolism we've seen so far, and seeing them all together like this is just so powerful.
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Train Derailments and Explosions 2013 (Revised)

August 04, 2013 - Sunday - Louisiana - chemical train derailment
(Of the 23 cars that derailed Sunday, 14 contained "regulated substances" that are harmful or toxic. The train was traveling between Lake Charles and the New Orleans area.)

August 03, 2013 - Saturday - Bangkok, Thailand - Khao Pleung tunnel train derailment
( Six carriages of a Chiang Mai-bound express train derailed in an over-100-year-old tunnel in Uttaradit's Muang district, in the 382-metre-long Khao Pleung tunnel, located between Ban Pang Ton Phueng in Uttaradit and Huai Rai Station in Den Chai, Phrae.)

July 29, 2013 - Monday Evening - 2 Swiss trains collide
Switzerland – Granges-près-Marnand train crash – Two passenger trains collide between the towns of Moudon and Payerne, at Granges-pres-Marnand. One person dies and more than 40 are injured.

July 28, 2013 - Sunday - Southwest, Baltimore - Freight train derailment,0,2825638.story
(Eight cars of the CSX train derailed about 10:15 a.m. Sunday in Southwest Baltimore near Hollins Ferry Road and Paca Street. The train that was traveling from hamlet, N.C., to Selkirk, N.Y., with 118 cars, was pulled by two diesel locomotives.)

July 26, 2913 - Friday - Alberta, Canada Lloyminster train derailment
(Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP) spokesman Ed Greenberg says a locomotive and seven cars carrying oil left the tracks Friday afternoon in the city that straddles the Alberta-Saskatchewan boundary.)

July 25, 2013 - Thursday - Tampa, Florida - Chemical Freight train derailment
(The train was coming into the port at 1 a.m. when it left the tracks, pulling twelve cars off of the rails -- and sending ten of those completely onto their sides, according to Tampa Fire Rescue spokesman Capt. Lonnie Benniefield.)

25 July 2013 — Pakistan — A passenger train travelling from Lahore to Rawalpindi overshoots and runs aground on a closed track in Gujranwala, Punjab; at least 2 people die and many are injured.

July 24, 2013 - Wednesday - Santiago de Compostela Madrid, Spain train derailment
(an explosion reported before seeing the derailed train.)

21 July 2013 — United Kingdom — Two passenger trains collide at Norwich, injuring eight people.

July 19, 2013 - Friday - Bronx, New York - Freight train derailment
(A freight train hauling garbage derailed between stations Thursday night. The damage was so substantial that only one of two tracks in the area is back in service on Monday.)

July 18, 2013 - Thursday - Benbrook, Texas - Freight train derailment
(Benbrook Fire Chief Tommy Davis said the accident happened around 5:30 a.m. Thursday on the line that runs along Aledo Road. A locomotive and five rail cars came off the track.
The 45-car train en-route to Dallas from Tucson, Ariz. had been carrying mostly paper products and not any hazardous materials.)

July 18, 2013 - Thursday - West of Scottsville, West Virgina - Coal train derailment
(Twenty-nine cars hauling loads of coal went off the tracks near Hatton Grange Farm along the James River west of Scottsville.)

July 17, 2013 - Wednesday - Buffalo, New York - Chemical train derailment
(Managers at CSX Rail say three cars on a train jumped the tracks on an overpass at William and Fillmore in Buffalo. The train was heading from Indianapolis to Albany.)

July 17, 2013 - Wednesday - Northern Thailand - train derailment

July 16, 2013 - Tuesday - Hays, Kansas - Chemical train derailment,0,1057470.story
(Authorities in Hays say a dozen train cars derailed and caught fire at 8th and Vine overnight. Those cars are carrying general cargo and freight. The train was also hauling 20 cars of ethanol, but officials say those are still upright and on the tracks. Two of the three locomotives caught fire, causing a massive fire which crews are still on the scene battling.)

July 14, 2013 - Sunday - Millsboro, Delaware - Stone Freight train derailment
(About 70 train cars hauling stone were being pulled by two locomotives and were traveling south on the tracks in a wooded area north of Millsboro. 15 of the cars were forced off the tracks and spilled stone as a result of the derailment.)

July 12, 2013 - Friday - Bretigny-sur-Orge, South of Paris - train derailment
(The ministry was quoted as saying that the train approached the railway station at high speed, before being separated into two parts for an unknown reason. )

July 10, 2013 - Wednesday - La Grande, Oregon - Chemical train derailment
(A total of 27 rail cars derailed on Union Pacific tracks north of Highway 203 east of La Grande near Hot Lake just before 2 a.m. today, but emergency responders said no significantly hazardous material leaked and no injuries were reported.)

July 08, 2013 - Monday - Brandywine Creek, Pennsylvania - Steel freight train derailment
(Emergency crews were on the scene of a freight train derailment in Chester County. It happened after 3:00 p.m. Monday on the tracks near the 900 block of Wagon Town Road in Valley Township. The derailment sent two railcars plunging into the Brandywine Creek. A locomotive also jumped the tracks.)

July 08, 2013 - Monday - White Cloud, Michigan - train derailment
(The train derailed north of White Cloud, between Monroe Street and Foss Avenue.
No one was injured in the derailment and it did not effect road traffic. However, it will take some time for Marquette Rail to move the train cars and repair the tracks.)

July 07, 2013 - Sunday - Russia’s Krasnodar Region - train derailment
(The locomotive and several cars of the train, which connects Novossibirsk in Siberia to Adler on the shores of the Black Sea, went off the rails and slid sideways. Interfax news agency quoted investigators as saying that 11 train cars derailed in the crash, five overturning. The driver braked sharply after noticing that part of the tracks in Russia's southern Krasnodar region was deformed.)

July 06, 2013 - Saturday - Farnham, Canada - Lac-Magantic train derailment & mega explosion
(a runaway freight train - after conductor parked & locked train)

6 July 2013 — Pakistan — At least 14 people die and one person is injured when a rickshaw collides with a train near Shekhupura, Punjab, Pakistan, at a level crossing.

July 03, 2013 - Wednesday - Veazia, Maine - Freight train derailment
(Four tankers in a 92-car Pan Am Railways train derailed Wednesday morning near the Penobscot River.
It was a mixed train, with paper, wallboard, scrap metal, wood, a couple sand cars.)

July 03, 2013 - Wednesday - Barker, New York - Freight train derailment
(The train was traveling on the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway - six cars toppled over.)

June 30, 2012 - Sunday - Coshocton, Ohio - Coal Freight train derailment
(The 54 car train, loaded in Burr Oak Mine in Glouster, was bound for American Electric Power in Coshocton when the last seven cars went off the track at about 5:50 am.)

June 28, 2013 - Friday - Wilminton, North Carolina - Chemical Freight train derailment
( A train carrying flammable cargo is derailed in Wilmington's Love Grove community, blocking people who live there from getting in and out of the neighborhood. Dispatchers say the train ran off the tracks in the 1200 block of Love Grove.)

June 27, 2013 - Thursday - Mohawk Valley, New York - Freight train derailment
(Two trains coming from opposite directions sideswiped each other for an as yet undetermined reason at about 8 a.m.. A conductor and engineer suffered minor injuries at the scene, which left several rail cars carrying dry goods, lumber, garbage and other cargo sheared and crumpled, officials said.)

June 27, 2013 - Thursday - Calgary, Canada - Bonnybrook bridge train derailment
(The train derailed after a section of the bridge dropped two feet (60 centimeters) Thursday morning, the bridge is not in the water but is slowly sagging into the river.)

June 25, 2013 - Monday - Kaduna, India - Lagos bound Passenger train derailment
(At least four people were injured on Monday when a Lagos bound locomotive passenger train from Kano derailed at Kakawu area, in Chikun local government area of Kaduna State. The accident which occurred at about 4pm local time, affected four couches of the train when it fell off from the rail line.)

June 22,2013 - Saturday - Lee County, Kentucky - Passenger train derailment
(It happened about 3 miles east of Beattyville. Two people on board the train were not hurt. The train cars were dragged off the rails along the tracks for miles, damaging a large portion of the track, including asphalt wooden sections of the track.)

20 June 2013 — Canada — A railbridge in Calgary, Alberta collapses with 4 empty tank cars hanging just above the still swollen Bow River. The bridge was weakened after the 2013 Alberta floods. No one is injured, and the cars are removed safely away from the collapsing bridge.

June 19, 2013 - Tuesday- Desoto, Illinois - Coal train derailment
( Seven coal cars from a Union Pacific train derailed Tuesday night about 1 1/2 miles east of De Soto near the Illinois 149 and Mine Road intersection.)

June 19, 2013 - Tuesday - Frionia, Texas - Freight train derailment
(A rail line in the Texas Panhandle has reopened after storms packing winds strong enough to form a tornado overturned more than 40 BNSF Railway cars.)

June 18, 2013 - Monday - East River Tunnel, New York - Passenger train derailment
(An eastbound Long Island Rail Road train carrying thousands of passengers derailed in an East River tunnel during the Monday evening rush, causing a nightmare for commuters.No injuries were reported in the 6:09 p.m. derailment, but service on the four biggest LIRR branches out of Penn Station was reduced to just one train per hour.)

13 June 2013 — Argentina — 2013 Buenos Aires rail disaster – A passenger train travelling during the morning rush hour hits an empty stationary train, near Castelar station, in Buenos Aires Province, about 30 km (19 miles) from Buenos Aires. At least three people die and another 315 are injured.

June 11, 2013 - Tuesday - Norwood, Cincinnati - Freight train derailment
(At around 8:20 p.m. crews were called to Forest and Harris avenues to investigate after the train knocked down an electrical tower. That area is just south of the Norwood Lateral, near Waterworks Park. Five cars from an Indiana & Ohio Railway train derailed and knocked over a major power transmission tower. The tower, which he estimated to be about 125 feet tall, toppled onto the Zumbiel Company building.)

June 08, 2013 - Monday - Baltimore, MD - Freight train derailment
(Fire officials confirm ten cars derailed Friday near Hammonds Ferry Road and Elizabeth Road. Four of those cars turned onto their side. The train was carrying trash from New York to Virginia on a route shared with MARC trains.)

4 June 2013 — Denmark — A morning train collides with a tractor close to a crossing near the city of Holbæk. The tractor driver dies and six train passengers are injured.

June 03, 2013 - Monday - Wheatland, New York - Rock Salt Freight train derailment
(No one was injured in the derailment, which occurred about 9:15 pm Monday just east of the crossing at Wheatland Center Road in Wheatland. But 20 hopper cars filled with salt from the American Rock Salt mine in Groveland left the rails.)

June 02, 2013 - Sunday - Sunbury, Ont. Canada - Wahnapitae River train derailment
( incident is the result of an unexpected and catastrophic wheel bearing failure - Canadian Pacific has a network of electronic inspection systems that didn't detect any problem with the rail car wheels or bearings prior to the derailment.)

May 29, 2013 - Wednesday - Lagos, Nigeria - train derailment
(A train towing another train derailed Wednesday at Agege, Lagos, southwest Nigeria.)

May 29, 2013 - Wednesday - Ogden, Wyoming - Freight train derailment
(At least five Union Pacific rail cars derailed Wednesday around 8:30 a.m. in Ogden. The rail cars were carrying new automobiles from Cheyenne, Wyoming to Salt Lake City.)

May 29, 2013 - Wednesday - Morningside Heights, New York - Passenger train derailment
(Hundreds of straphangers were stranded aboard sweltering subway cars during rush hour after the No. 1 train derailed in Morningside Heights. Two wheels on the lead subway car jumped their track about 5:50 p.m., disabling the southbound train a few blocks south of the above-ground W. 125th St. station.)

May 28, 2013 - Tuesday - Baltimore, Md. - White Marsh train derailment
(A cargo train derailed Tuesday in a Baltimore suburb and an explosion could be heard for miles, collapsing nearby buildings and setting them on fire, officials and witnesses said. )

May 25, 2013 - Saturday - Chaffee, Mo. - Rockview train derailment
(The collision occurred at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday when a Union Pacific train hit a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train at a rail intersection near Route M and County Road 210. Derailed rail cars then hit columns supporting the Highway M overpass, causing it to buckle. )

May 21, 2013 - Tuesday - Charles City, Iowa - Freight train derailment
(Crews work at the scene of a Canadian Pacific derailment near Charles City, Iowa. No injuries were reported. The derailment was caused by a washed-out rail line caused by flooding in the area.)

May 21, 2013 - Tuesday - Canada: Train derailment in Saskatchewan - Canadian Pacific (CP) freight train jumped the tracks in southeastern Saskatchewan, spilling more than 91,000 liters of oil, marking at least the third derailment involving CP trains in recent months. On the same day, a gigantic sinkhole opened on HW744 in Alberta, Canada (Source) and a construction crane collapsed on a passing car in Gallatin, Tennessee.

20 May 2013— New Zealand — A morning peak Tranz Metro EMU commuter train derails near central Wellington after part of the undercarriage comes loose, puncturing a hole in the carriage floor in the process. Four people are injured and thousands of commuters affected as services are cancelled and 26 trains are withdrawn from service out of safety concerns.

May 20, 2013 - Monday - Mississippi: Train derailment at U.S. 90 in Pascagoula - Train derailed just south of US 90. On the same day in New Jersey, an indoor sinkhole swallowed a forklift and its operator (Source)? AND, also on the same day on the other side of the world in China, a massive sinkhole opened in Shenzhen killing five workers. Source.

May 19, 2013 - Sunday - Illinois: Amtrak train derailment in Chicago - Amtrak train leaving New Orleans derailed near Chicago's Union Station Sunday morning. CTA workers removed a beam from a damaged part of the tracks.

May 17, 2013 - Friday- Connecticut: Metro-North commuter train derails
(Commuter train derailed in Connecticut, striking another commuter train between Bridgeport and Fairfield, about 50 miles northeast of New York City. A fractured segment of track was found.)

May 17, 2013 - Friday - China: Train derails in Tin Shui Wai
On the same date, a huge sinkhole opened in Benton County, Arkansas. On May 16, construction cranes topple in New Zealand and India, and a school bus in Texas fell into a sinkhole in Austin.

May 09, 2013 -Thursday - Illinois: Chicago CTA Red Line “L” car derails - Car on southbound CTA train derailed. On May 8, construction cranes toppled in Switzerland, Norway, and China. On May 6 and 4, construction cranes also toppled in New York and Ohio (two workers killed in Ohio).

May 9, 2013 - Thursday - Russia: Freight train derails, explodes, hurls rail car into building - On the same date as the Chicago derailment, a Russian train - carrying sodium chloride, gasoline, fuel oil, and propane - derailed with a tremendous exploxion that hurled a rail car into the sixth-floor wall of a residential block."

May 07, 2013 - Tuesday - Passumpsic River, Vermont - Freight train derailment
(Three freight cars will be pulled from the Passumpsic River Tuesday morning after derailing in East Barnet.The cars went off the tracks near the Comerford Dam, and two cars are almost completely submerged. No one was hurt.The cars were carrying feed grain for Washington County Railroad.
Vermont State Police say it appears the cars tumbled because of bank erosion.)

May 4 - 2013 - Saturday- Ghent, Belgium - Freight train derailment
(Freight train carrying flammable chemicals derailed and exploded near Ghent killing two and causing a major fire near the city of Ghent.)

3 May 2013 — Belgium — A freight train derails in Schellebelle near Ghent. Three wagons carrying acrylonitrile explode and catch fire. One person dies and 33 are injured from toxic fumes in local neighbourhoods

May 03, 2013 - Friday - Lytle, Texas - Freight train derailment
(A defect on the bottom of a metal bar that holds two sections of rail together caused a 26-car train derailment here Friday, a railroad official said.)

2 May 2013— Serbia — Two passenger trains collide in a tunnel between Novi Beograd and Zemun. The two trains running in the same direction, one from Belgrade to Novi Sad, strike another running from Belgrade to Šid at 13.30 CET. No fatalities are reported, many are injured.

May 02, 2013 - Thursday - Sagninaw, IL - Freight train derailment
(Photos sent to TV5 show at least two cars on their sides, with their load -- possibly soybeans or corn -- spilled along a grassy stretch near a road. One photo shows a severe bend to the tracks near where the cars flipped.)

May 01, 2013 - Wednesday - Colebrook, Tamania - Freight train derailment
( Photo: It is the sixth train derailment this year.Tasmania's southern railway line is expected to be closed for most of the day after a train derailed early this morning. The train was heading to Burnie when it derailed near Colebrook about 3:30am. Six wagons came off the track.)

May 01, 2013 - Wednesday - Helena, Texas - Freight train derailment
(A freight train derailed on the outskirts of town early Tuesday morning, scattering train cars down an embankment and on top of one another. Thirteen empty cars derailed and another 12 cars parked on a siding — including three that contained corrosive material known as Piperidine — were damaged.)

May 01, 2013 - Wednesday- New Mexico, USA: Two trains derail in same location within weeks of each other. (Source)

30 April 2013— Chile — A freight train derails near Collipulli and is then assaulted by men with fireweapons. Interior minister Andrés Chadwick says the Chilean Antiterrorist Law would be applied to those responsible for the attack.

April 29, 2013 - Monday - Saskatchewan, Canada - Passenger train derailment
(Eleven people on a VIA Rail train are safe after a derailment in eastern Saskatchewan that appears to have been caused by water.)

April 21, 2013 - Sunday - Bridgeport, Wyoming - Freight train derailment
(Cheree Fisher, chief deputy with the Morrill County Sheriff's Department, said 15 cars derailed in the accident this morning. The cause of the derailment is under investigation but no injuries occurred.)

April 14, 2013 - Sunday - Oakland, California - Passenger Train derailment
( Amtrak says a passenger train carrying nearly 200 people has derailed near Oakland, but there were no injuries. the train was en route from Los Angeles to Vancouver, Canada, when the front wheels of an engine went off the track about 9 p.m. PDT just north of Fremont, about 20 miles southeast of San Francisco.)

April 10, 2013 - Wednesday - Arakkonam, India - Passenger train derailment
(One passenger was killed and 33 others, including six women and two children, were injured when 12 bogies of Muzaffarpur-Yesvantpur Express (no.15228) derailed at the Chitheri railway station, eight km from here on Wednesday morning.)

April 08, 2013 - Monday - Perugia in Umbria region, Italy - Passenger train derailment
(A total of 25 people were injured Monday morning when two compartments of a passenger train veered off the tracks in central Italy due to a landslide, local media said. The train, which was traveling towards the town of Perugia in the Umbria region, derailed when it hit mud and debris on the tracks as it came out of a tunnel, officials said.)

April 07, 2013 - Sunday - Everette, Washington - Passenger train derailment
(A mudslide derailed an Amtrak train in Washington state on Sunday. The train, traveling south from Everett to Seattle, ran into the mudslide and some dangerous debris around 8:30 Sunday morning.
The crash knocked three cars off the tracks, but no one was injured.)

April 05, 2013 - Friday - Cabezon de la Sal, Spain - Passenger train derailment
( Spanish authorities say a rockfall has derailed a train, injuring 11 passengers after the first carriage partially plunged into a river just west of the northern city of Santander.

March 19, 2013 - Monday - Queens, New York - Passenger train derailment
(A Long Island Rail Road train derailed Monday night west of Jamaica Station in the vicinity of Forest Hills, Queens, causing potential delays for the morning commute, but no injuries, the authorities said. The train, which was carrying no passengers, was heading west toward Pennsylvania Station just before 9 p.m. when the incident occurred. The cause was under investigation.)

March 13, 2013 - Wednesday - Bucksport, Maine - Freight train derailment
(A train went off the tracks in Bucksport. Cars on a Pan Am Railways train derailed near the Verso Paper Mill.)

March 07, 2013 - Thursday - Mattawamkeag, Maine - Freight train derailment
(Firefighters said one of the train’s personnel reported that the first sign of trouble was a sudden increase of speed on the engine. A 14-car freight train pulling 13 full crude oil tankers apparently spilled only three gallons of oil when it derailed Thursday yards from the Penobscot River. The train apparently went off the tracks, with most of its cars but not its engine landing on their sides.)

March 05, 2013 - Tuesday - Swartz, Louisiana - Freight train derailment
(Louisiana State Police are at the scene of a train derailment in the Swartz community where 10 Union Pacific railcars overturned early Tuesday morning. The train consisted of three locomotives and 136 railcars. All of the railcars were carrying coal.)

March 05, 2013 - Tuesday - Gilette, Washington - Freight train derailment
(A train belonging to BNSF Railway derailed about 5 miles east of Gillette at 6.55 a.m. Tuesday.
The train was heading from Pasco, Wash., to Lincoln, Neb. Ten rail cars that derailed were designed for hauling cars. They were empty.)

March 05, 2013 - Tuesday - Victoria, Canada - Freight train derailment
(Crash investigators started examining the site to determine how 14 carriages carrying grain came off the tracks near Pyramid Hill, north of Bendigo.)

March 03, 2013 - Saturday - Sterling, Colorado - Freight train derailment
(Authorities say an empty coal train derailed and sparked several small grass fires near Sterling in northeastern Colorado. About 12 empty coal cars of the BNSF train derailed.)

February 28, 2013 - Monday - Ritter, Ohio - Freight train derailment
(Union Pacific spokesperson Raquel Espinoza says that 19 cars derailed from a southbound train about 2:35 this morning (2/28). She says four cars released soybean oil and three released soybean meal, all of which will be picked up. )

February 27, 2013 - Sunday - Lilbourn, Missouri - Freight train derailment
(A train has derailed in the New Madrid County, Missouri, town of Lilbourn. The derailment happened just after 5 a.m. with no reported injuries.)

February 22, 2013 - Tuesday - Jackson, Mississippi - Freight train derailment
(Eighteen Canadian National Railway train cars derailed off of the tracks in Jackson Friday morning,
17 of the derailed cars were filled with grain and the other was empty.)

February 22, 2013 - Tuesday - Leeds, Maine - Freight train derailment
( Authorities say five cars of a freight train carrying chicken feed have derailed in the town of Leeds, Maine, and they remained upright during the accident.)

February 21, 2013 - Monday - Baltimore, Maryland - Chemical train derailment
(When units arrived at the scene, they found 10 cars of a 90-car train had derailed, but there was no evidence of a leak, the department said.)

12 February 2013 — Japan — 15 people are injured when a non-stop limited express train Sanyo Electric Railway 5030 series set No. 5630F derails while approaching Arai station and collides with the rear end of a lorry.

February 04, 2013 - Sunday - Fairbury, MO. - Freight train derailment
(The Union Pacific Railroad is cleaning up 41 train coal cars that derailed early Sunday morning southeast of Fairbury.)

February 03, 2013 - Saturday - Bladenboro, N.C. - Chemical train derailment
(The town of Bladenboro is currently being evacuated following a train derailment. Officials said 10 of the 105 cars overturned and one was full of ammonia.)

February 02, 2013 - Friday - Bellwood, Chicago, Il. - Chemical train derailment
(Five freight cars toppled over when the train was being pulled out of the yard. Several of the cars are reported to be leaking diesel fuel.)

January 31, 2013 - Thursday - Bargoed, Wales - train derailment
(Work to clear the railway line between Rhymney and Barry has been completed. It's after trees and debris on the line caused a derailment yesterday morning.)

31 January 2013 Australia — A passenger train overshot the railway line and collided with Cleveland railway station, severely damaging a toilet block and injuring 14 people. The train was removed from the station in the early hours of the following morning.

31 January 2013 South Africa — Two passenger trains packed with school children and rush-hour commuters collided near Pretoria, South Africa, injuring up to 300 people, 28 of them seriously. A moving train slammed into the back of a stationary train near Kalafong station.

January 23, 2013 - Wednesday - Williford, Ark. - train derailment
( Burlington Northern Santa Fe's main rail line between Springfield and Memphis is blocked because of a derailment. BNSF says almost 30 cars of a train came off the track near Williford.)

21 January 2013 — Austria — Two Vienna S-Bahn trains packed with morning commuters collided on a single-track stretch of line between Hütteldorf and Penzing in Vienna's suburbs in eastern Austria, leaving 41 people injured, five of them seriously. Among the injured was the driver of one of the trains. Both trains were operating the Line S45 service, and both trains were made up of 4024-series rolling stock.

January 15, 2013 - Tuesday - Badrashin, Egypt - military train derailment
( The train carrying young recruits was traveling from south Egypt to Cairo and derailed in the Giza neighborhood of Badrashin.)

January 14, 2013 - Monday - Soda Springs, Idaho - freight train derailment
(A freight train has derailed and continues to block Highway 34.)

January 12, 2013 - Saturday - Assam, New Delhi - train derailment
(Four coaches of the 15693 down Silchar-bound Barak Valley Express derailed between Milongdisa and Harangajao stations in the Dima Hasao Hills area of Assam today, official sources said.)

January 12, 2013 - Saturday - Irkutsk, Moscow - Coal train derailment
( Two train drivers were killed in Russia's Irkutsk region on Saturday when their train carrying coal was derailed, the local Emergencies Ministry said.)

January 11, 2013 - Friday - Imperial, Mo. - train derailment
(Eight train cars derailed from a southbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe train. The derailment happened around 2:30 p.m. just south of Imperial, MO on Main Street.)

January 10, 2013 - Thursday - Geneva, Switzerland - trains collide and derailment
(Two passenger trains collided Thursday morning near a station in northern Switzerland, injuring 17 people, police said. A locomotive for one of the trains — a double-decker passenger train — derailed.)

January 09, 2013 - Wednesday - Mauku, southwest of Auckland, NZ - freight train derailment
(The accident happened early today on the Glenbrook Steel Mill access line. Because the train derailed on a branch line, it wouldn't cause any delays to normal services.)

January 05, 2013 - Saturday - Reno Nevada - grain freight derailment
(Twenty cars of a Union Pacific grain train derailed near Sulfur, Nev., on Saturday afternoon, a company spokesman said. The derailment of the westbound, 105-car train occurred shortly after 3 p.m. about 45-50 miles west of Winnemucca, Union Pacific West region.)

(Count - 101 listed derailments)
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Sylvie said:
Another here :

Sorry, this article is in french.

I found something in English. Interestingly, it happened the same day as the Swiss collision:

It was also a similar type of crash to the Swiss one:

A locomotive slammed into a passenger train in Almaty, Kazakhstan, causing mostly minor injuries to 54 people, the Transportation Prosecutor's Office said.

Four of the victims were hospitalized, a prosecutor's statement said.

The locomotive was pulling an empty passenger train around the station in Almaty -- the largest city in Kazakhstan -- when it slammed into the train full of people on track 4 of station Alma-Ata-2 Sunday, RIA Novosti reported.
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These are from all around the World... in Italy around 38 major train incidents are listed from 1960 to 2012, but I know that there have been many more 'minor' incidents also with casualties, the proof being my little town who suffered at least 3 incidents alone out of my 40 years memory of dwelling here, that are not reported anywhere.

Anyway out of those 38 incidents, 4 of them happened in 2012 alone, while the medium stats it's around 1 x year or less. So it's quite a big spike in the graph here. Another spike was around 1997 (5 incident listed), 1998 (5 incidents listed; 6 if we count the February 1999 one).
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August 11, 2013 - Sunday - Thailand - Commuter train derailment
(An express train derailed today in a 382m-long tunnel while heading for northern Thai tourist town of Chiang Mai with 415 passengers on board, many of them foreigners. Nobody was hurt in the accident at 3 am (local time) which has blocked all Bangkok- and Chiang Mai-bound trains.)

August 09, 2013 - Friday - Worchester, U.K. Commuter train derailment
(The empty locomotive was being parked overnight at Shrub Hill when its front end derailed. The derailment reportedly caused some damage to railway sleepers and has caused delays of around 15 minutes to First Great Western services from Worcester Shrub Hill to Swindon and Oxford.)
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I wonder if Earth is opening up (sinkholes emerging all over) there could be another (beside electrical reason) catch here. I mean, due to tectonic activity, ground below very precisely engineered rails is not firm any more - it could be "stretching" and shifting/sinking in various ways. There is very narrow range of aberration that can be "tolerated". Furthermore railway infrastructure with no "firm ground" in base, like bridges, could be even more endangered IMHO...

Spain train crash driver admits driving at twice the speed limit

"Sitting uneasily before a judge, the train driver waved his hands in front of his face and was at a loss to explain why he didn't slow down, in a courtroom video released by a Spanish newspaper on Thursday.

"I can't explain it," Francisco Jose Garzon Amo said, shifting in his chair and looking around. "I still don't understand how I didn't see ... mentally, or whatever. I just don't know."

The journey was "going fine" until the curve was upon him, he said. When the danger became clear, he thought, "Oh my God, the curve, the curve, the curve. I won't make it."

The edited video of Garzon's appearance at Sunday night's court session in Santiago de Compostela, where the accident occurred last week, was released by Spain's ABC newspaper.

Two court officials said the video appeared authentic. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the video has not been officially released.

In it, Garzon, a slightly-built 52-year-old with short-cropped gray hair and glasses, appears shaken and at times hesitant. He sits in a simple chair in front of the judge, with four rows of chairs behind him in the small courtroom.

Garzon is wearing a dark jacket and trousers with an open-necked shirt. Behind him are two men in dark uniforms, and several other unidentified people are in the room. He also answers questions from a prosecutor.

The train had been going as fast as 119 mph (192 kph) shortly before the derailment. The driver activated the brakes "seconds before the crash," reducing the speed to 95 mph (153 kph), according to the court's preliminary findings based on black box data recorders. The speed limit on the section of track where the crash happened was 50 mph (80 kph).

In his Sunday night testimony, Garzon said he was going far over the speed limit and ought to have started slowing down several miles before he reached the notorious curve.

Asked whether he ever hit the brakes, Garzon replied, "The electric one, the pneumatic one ... all of them. Listen, when ... but it was already inevitable."

His voice shakes, his sentences break down and he appears close to tears as he replies to a question about what was going through his mind when he went through the last tunnel before the curve.

"If I knew that I wouldn't think it because the burden that I am going to carry for the rest of my life is huge," he said. "And I just don't know. The only thing I know, your honor, sincerely, is that I don't know. I'm not so crazy that I wouldn't put the brakes on."

The investigating judge is trying to establish whether human error or a technical failure caused the country's worst rail accident in decades, and Garzon is at the center of the investigation.

The judge provisionally charged Garzon on Sunday with multiple counts of negligent homicide. Garzon was not sent to jail or required to post bail because none of the parties involved felt there was a risk of him fleeing or attempting to destroy evidence, according to a court statement."

Contains video from APTN

If the video is authentic (it appears so imo), the driver seems to have had some sort of 'mental lapse' which he cannot explain himself. He has admitted to speeding and braking when it was too late, and appears sincere and contrite. I still don't know whether an emergency braking system failed here, which may have overridden any 'human error' - but it certainly looks like something occurred to the drivers 'mental state' in the latter part of this journey that had been "going fine".
dreamrider said:
Spain train crash driver admits driving at twice the speed limit

His voice shakes, his sentences break down and he appears close to tears as he replies to a question about what was going through his mind when he went through the last tunnel before the curve.

"If I knew that I wouldn't think it because the burden that I am going to carry for the rest of my life is huge," he said. "And I just don't know. The only thing I know, your honor, sincerely, is that I don't know. I'm not so crazy that I wouldn't put the brakes on."

Contains video from APTN

If the video is authentic (it appears so imo), the driver seems to have had some sort of 'mental lapse' which he cannot explain himself. He has admitted to speeding and braking when it was too late, and appears sincere and contrite. I still don't know whether an emergency braking system failed here, which may have overridden any 'human error' - but it certainly looks like something occurred to the drivers 'mental state' in the latter part of this journey that had been "going fine".

I've been searching the video and found it in the ABC newspaper's web, with the transcript although in the 18 minutes video it is not included all that is written in the transcript. (the video) (the webpage with the video + the transcript)

It is all in spanish. I'm sorry I don't know how to translate it with google and paste it here. Maybe somebody can do it.

My first impressions after listening to it were that the train driver was not very well qualified (because he didn't answer very clearly) but later I thought he was very nervous in a situation like that.

After that I've read the transcript and discovered this:

He was working for the company RENFE since 1982 but he didn't start as a train driver. He started from 0. Nobody asks him when he became a train driver. He just says that he was a freight train driver up to 2011 when he started driving high-speed trains in Galicia and that since 2008 he drove suburban trains in Madrid.

Then I've learned as well that the route is to go at about 200 Km/h but the train driver must reduce the speed up to 80 Km/h before the fateful place of the accident and that the emergency/automatic brake system only works if the train goes faster than 200 km/h.

There is much more info in the transcript and in other webpages of the same newspaper but I don't have time now to delve in it.
Re: Train Derailments and Explosions 2013

August 15, 2013 - Thursday - Vienna, Virgina - Test train derailment
(Officials are investigating the low-speed derailment of a test train on Metrorail's new silver line. Dulles Rail Project Executive Director Pat Nowakowski tells The Washington Post ( ) that the front axle of the train, which was traveling about 5 mph, left the track Tuesday after it hit a mechanism designed to derail trains leaving areas where they are supposed to be. He says there are indicators to alert operators that they are approaching the derailer. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which is building the $5.6 billion rail line, recently announced an eight-week delay in the completion of the first phase.)

August 15, 2013 - Thursday - Elizabethtown, Kentucky - Freight train derailment
(Officials say crews are cleaning up after a train derailed in central Kentucky sending 15 cars carrying coal off the tracks. The News-Enterprise ( reports that no injuries were reported when the Paducah & Louisville train derailed early Thursday morning in northern Hardin County. The train had a total of 88 cars.)

August 11, 2013 - Sunday - Minidoka, Idaho Freight train derailment
(A train partially derailed Sunday morning in Minidoka County near 800 East Road and Idaho 24 outside of Minidoka. Eleven cars from the 63-car train left the tracks at 11:20 a.m. Sunday. Cars were scattered on both sides of the tracks, and one tipped over and spilled lye. The other cars were carrying mixed freight, including lumber, grain and potash. The cause of the derailment had not been determined.)

August 11, 2013 - Sunday - Waynoka, Oklahoma Freight train derailment
(A BNSF train carrying consumer products derailed in the area of NS 330 and Comanche Rd., about two miles north and one mile east of Waynoka. The train was heading westbound to Los Angeles at the time.
First responders on the scene say a total of 40 trailers of the train derailed.)

August 11, 2013 - Sunday - Fernandna Beach, Florida Freight train derailment
(A train caught on fire and two railroad cars spilled off the track dumping coal near a track in Fernindina Beach Sunday. The derailed cars are not blocking any roadways. The cause of the fire and the derailment has not been determined.)
Thanks for the info Miguel.

The latest info regarding the accident is below.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Spain announces response to Santiago disaster
Written by Fernando Puente

SPANISH development minister Mrs Ana Pastor has announced a range of measures aimed at improving safety across the whole rail network after the accident at Santiago de Compostela on July 26, which left 79 dead and dozens injured.

Although the technical investigation now being carried out by CIAF, the body responsible for the investigation of railway accidents in Spain, will take several weeks, the government has recognised that the main factors behind the crash were driver error, and the lack of working ETCS equipment.

Speaking before the Parliament transport committee Pastor stated that a thorough inspection of the high-speed network is underway to indentify points where conditions similar to those behind the Santiago crash may occur.

This process will lead to the installation of conventional fixed signals indicating the maximum permitted speed, which were absent on the section of line where the accident occurred, and to the installation of Asfa balises to limit speeds on the approach to sharp curves.

The national automatic train protection (ATP) system was designed in the 1970s to protect trains from passing signals in danger, but will now also be used to enforce permanent speed restrictions at specific locations, such as the Santiago curve.

Pastor did not clarify, though, the reasons for the lack of functioning onboard ETCS equipment on the class 730 set which derailed in Santiago, nor the role that this could have played in the accident.

Trackside ETCS is operable on the Ourense – Santiago high-speed line, but Renfe class 730 sets operate exclusively on Asfa on this route even though they are equipped with ETCS, and operate under this system on the Madrid – Olmedo high-speed line.

Although the curve where the accident happened is not equipped with ETCS, the final ETCS balise on the high-speed line, located 4km from the crash site, would inform the driver (if ETCS is operational on the train) that the train is exiting an ETCS section, obliging him to acknowledge that situation and thus provide indirect information about the actual position of the train.

Trains operating on the Albacete – Alicante line, Spain's newest high-speed line, which opened in June, currently run exclusively on Asfa as ETCS is still being tested. Senior industry sources suggest that ETCS will be commissioned within the next few months, and point to the fact that the line was opened prematurely.

Other measures proposed by Pastor include tightening rules on the use of phones by drivers (an incoming call could have been a contributing factor to driver error in this case), and improved ticketing and passenger counting systems.

Spain train-crash testimony released

Driver realised accident that killed 79 was about to happen, according to audio record of his court testimony.

Last Modified: 01 Aug 2013 09:47

According to Al Jazeera's Sonia Gallego a call was made between a work colleague who was travelling on the train, which should only happen in an emergency. Together with further information on the driver, the courts want to know if the rail company has any details of any other calls made or received by the train driver during the journey.
What we see, and this is a pattern, that everytime there is an accident of this sort, airplane, boat,metro, train or whatever where there are many victims, the responsible for the accident is always, always the driver. Or the captain, or the pilot. Never the company, never the government, never anybody else. Always the driver or the responsible of the machine. Never, ever. :cool2:

This is a pattern, like a law. Here, there and everywhere.

This subject, about this accident, seems very far away. People are now at the end of their holidays, enjoying their last days of free time. Life continues, as nothing. Other spectacles are hypnotizing the crowd. The crowd needs to feel that death by greed does not exists.
Re: Train Derailments and Explosions 2013

Yozilla said:
I wonder if Earth is opening up (sinkholes emerging all over) there could be another (beside electrical reason) catch here. I mean, due to tectonic activity, ground below very precisely engineered rails is not firm any more - it could be "stretching" and shifting/sinking in various ways. There is very narrow range of aberration that can be "tolerated". Furthermore railway infrastructure with no "firm ground" in base, like bridges, could be even more endangered IMHO...


That's also what I thought at first.

Since the Earth is seemingly 'opening up', this change could also have an impact on railroads, making them unsafe/dangerous. That could also explain the raise in landslides and various other similar phenomena, osit. No firm ground indeed.
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I don't know if this has been noticed by anyone but it appears they are covering
up whatever the real reason for these train explosions are by using their go-to sacrificial lamb.

Al Qaeda planning attacks on high-speed trains in Europe
Re: Train Derailments and Explosions 2013

Anthony said:
I don't know if this has been noticed by anyone but it appears they are covering
up whatever the real reason for these train explosions are by using their go-to sacrificial lamb.

Al Qaeda planning attacks on high-speed trains in Europe

That's some real good reasoning Mr Watson, indeed (AKA Anthony)! :thup:

Ah those wicked flagitious geniuses! :phaser:

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