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Trainnews - volume 8 - issue 161
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Date: August 17, 2015 05:22PM

Trainnews - volume 8 - issue 161 - 08/17/15

This day in Railroad History

August 17, 1984
Outbound Chicago Transit Authority eight-car "A" train No. 135 left the Montrose Avenue Station and as it slowly ascended a 3.1-percent grade, the motorman saw "yellow dynamic" brake lights illuminated on the second and seventh cars. The train rolled to a stop, and the motorman secured the cab and went back to cut out the brakes on the second car. While the motorman was out of the cab, train No. 135 began to roll backward down the grade. The motorman ran back to the cab and attempted to stop the train; however, he did not stop it. Train No. 135, moving backwards at about 20 mph, struck following CTA eight-car "B" train No. 143, which was standing just south of the Montrose Avenue Station. One passenger was killed, and 46 passengers and 3 crewmembers were injured. The NTSB determines that the probable cause of this accident was the failure of the motorman of train No. 135 to apply the track brakes while the train was rolling downhill. Contributing to the accident was the failure of the CTA to assure that the motorman was skilled in emergency procedures.

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VIA Rail’s Canadian operates between Toronto and Vancouver and is the last regularly scheduled long distance passenger train operating in North America with stainless steel streamlined passenger cars built by the Budd Company in the 1950s. The vintage passenger cars have been extensively renovated by VIA over the years, including conversion from steam to electric heat and air conditioning. Typical consists on the Canadian include sleepers, coaches, diners and 3-4 dome cars for viewing the outstanding scenery along the route. Taking a trip on the Canadian is truly like going back 60 years to the days when the railroads ran their own passenger trains. This photo was taken of the west bound Canadian as it crossed the Anderson River two miles west of Boston Bar, British Columbia on May 20, 2015

Alex Mayes photo


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