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(YouTube) Video The Trains in Spain run mainly on their tracks. But not this one   (youtube.com) divider line 26
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2013-07-25 07:42:06 AM
Speechless.
 
2013-07-25 09:18:54 AM
Why does it kinda explode when it first makes the turn? Around 6 second mark
 
2013-07-25 09:21:49 AM
I heard on the news this morning that it was going twice the normal speed.  Is that correct?
 
2013-07-25 09:32:42 AM

basemetal: I heard on the news this morning that it was going twice the normal speed.  Is that correct?


More than double the speed limit...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23448002

FTFA: "One of the drivers who was trapped in the cab of the train after the accident is quoted as saying moments after the crash that the train had taken the curve at 190 km/h (118mph) when entering the curve, unidentified investigation sources have told Spanish media."

The speed limit on the curve is 80KPH. Jesus.
 
2013-07-25 09:39:21 AM
There is no reason for humans to be driving these things. The driver should only be there to react to really really unexpected things.
 
2013-07-25 10:11:53 AM
By George she's got it!
 
2013-07-25 10:32:19 AM

somedude210: Why does it kinda explode when it first makes the turn? Around 6 second mark


It's probably arcing from the catenary wires.
 
2013-07-25 10:38:28 AM

Old_Chief_Scott: somedude210: Why does it kinda explode when it first makes the turn? Around 6 second mark

It's probably arcing from the catenary wires.


This.  IIRC, RENFE is a 25kv 50hz system.
 
2013-07-25 10:39:00 AM

Old_Chief_Scott: It's probably arcing from the catenary wires.


makes sense. Freeze framing it though, it's rather cool/terrifying to see the shockwave (I assume, it looks like one) jutting out from the explosion
 
2013-07-25 10:56:52 AM
78 dead so far. yeesh.
 
2013-07-25 11:01:06 AM
Yeah, that conductor is going to prison for a while. With the technology available, I have no idea why they wouldn't have the max speed governed at certain points along the routes.
 
2013-07-25 11:13:18 AM
It's REPEAT DAY on the Fark Video tab.

A bunch of old videos that have long since been posted, followed by a blatant repeat on the same day.

Yay!
 
2013-07-25 11:47:57 AM

somedude210: Why does it kinda explode when it first makes the turn? Around 6 second mark


It was the first piece of wreckage to take out the overhead line equipment so the "explosion" was just a giant arch of electricity as the system was shorted out and destroyed.
 
2013-07-25 01:49:54 PM
I like how Spanish security cameras go to Barnett Newman's "Voice of Fire" when they're hit by trains.  Classy.
 
2013-07-25 02:00:18 PM
One of the drivers was trapped in his cabin and told the railway station by radio that the train entered the bend at 190 kilometres per hour (120 mph), reported newspaper El Pais.

The speed limit on that section of track is 80km/h (50mph).

'We're only human! We're only human!' he told the station, the newspaper said, citing sources close to the investigation. 'I hope there are no dead, because this will fall on my conscience.'
 
2013-07-25 02:03:45 PM
The train was a bit late and the driver was trying to make up for it. That's my guess at least. Same reason there was once an incident with the Shinkansen.

/if it was human error, i.e. my fault, I'd off myself
 
2013-07-25 02:09:23 PM
Francisco Jose Garzon, one of the drivers on the train which crashed, is reported to have posted a picture on Facebook in March last year of a train speedometer at 125mph:

i.dailymail.co.uk
 
2013-07-25 02:19:21 PM

SlothB77: Francisco Jose Garzon, one of the drivers on the train which crashed, is reported to have posted a picture on Facebook in March last year of a train speedometer at 125mph:

[i.dailymail.co.uk image 306x423]


There are plenty of high-speed lines in Spain, including the one through Santiago de Compostela. Curve speed at this particular point was 80 km/hr, but I believe trains on the line regularly hit 250 km/hr. (Some of the newer lines have design specs of 300-plus.) Curious why that particular speedometer doesn't go past 220, though... older model, maybe?
 
2013-07-25 04:34:01 PM
 
2013-07-25 05:30:01 PM
Didn't blow the pantographs, didn't hit the station brake, didn't throw reverser.  Driver clearly either didn't know what he was doing or wasn't in control.

While I don't advise anybody to throw the reverser in such a situation... it WILL bring the train to a halt before the electrics incinerate the passengers.
 
2013-07-25 05:38:47 PM
good job keanu.
 
2013-07-25 08:39:01 PM

ds_4815: SlothB77: Francisco Jose Garzon, one of the drivers on the train which crashed, is reported to have posted a picture on Facebook in March last year of a train speedometer at 125mph:

[i.dailymail.co.uk image 306x423]

There are plenty of high-speed lines in Spain, including the one through Santiago de Compostela. Curve speed at this particular point was 80 km/hr, but I believe trains on the line regularly hit 250 km/hr. (Some of the newer lines have design specs of 300-plus.) Curious why that particular speedometer doesn't go past 220, though... older model, maybe?


This wasn't a high speed train. The line carries high speed trains but this was just an upmarket ordinary train.
 
2013-07-25 09:36:45 PM
If you give a man a gas pedal, he will floor it.

/power corrupts
 
2013-07-26 03:09:40 AM

SlothB77: Francisco Jose Garzon, one of the drivers on the train which crashed, is reported to have posted a picture on Facebook in March last year of a train speedometer at 125mph:

[i.dailymail.co.uk image 306x423]


Wrong. He posted a picture of it doing 190km/h. No mph at all.
 
2013-07-26 01:01:16 PM
Conductor Casey Jones unavailable for comment.
 
2013-07-26 04:00:38 PM

Iplaybass: SlothB77: Francisco Jose Garzon, one of the drivers on the train which crashed, is reported to have posted a picture on Facebook in March last year of a train speedometer at 125mph:

[i.dailymail.co.uk image 306x423]

Wrong. He posted a picture of it doing 190km/h. No mph at all.



Actually, it was 200km/h, which equates to...wait for it...124.3mph (which I think is close enough to round to 125mph).

/Probably just got trolled.
 
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