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Reconciling Acceleration Of Philadelphia Amtrak 188, by Brandon Bostian, With Possible Projectile Is Hard To Do.

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One could, and lawyers will, argue that Brandon Bostian accelerated, per his ‘flee or flight’ instincts, when he heard, saw or felt a projectile hit the train. And in the end it would be just his word on that.

That he can’t remember anything is so convenient to him and his lawyers.

But is it the normal the thing to do — accelerate a train to THAT EXTENT IF one believes one is under attack?

I, like others, are fairly sure that NO PROJECTILE on its own caused the acceleration.

The acceleration was done by Brandon Bostian — by the use of the accelerator lever. No projectile was involved in that.

So the only argument is whether the prospect of more projectiles is what caused him to accelerate. I am sure his lawyers will milk that to death.

I personally think the projectile or projectiles were a coincidence and now a Red Herring.


Philadelphia Amtrak 188: Was Brandon Bostian Trying To Make A Powerful Political Statement (Rather Than Suicidal)?

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>> Philadelphia, Omni Hotel Independence Park …

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Click to ENLARGE and read. Acceleration in the last 49 seconds. Yes, 49 seconds. I did a graph to show that it was straight line acceleration. 40% in 49 seconds!


Now transpires that Brandon Bostian was some kind of zealous ‘travel safety’ advocate plus a confirmed loner.

So was he, most likely extremely aware that Congress, in D.C., was in the process of debating Amtrak funding set out to make an indelible statement?

Think about it.

Scary.

Was this the ULTIMATE in a graphic Political Statement!

Interesting that nobody is coming forward about his girlfriend, wife or even any other partner. Seems to have been a loner.

Obviously had to have had some mental issues, even if he was not getting treatment.

I have concluded that today’s incessant social media is aggravating mental unease. All this non-stop ‘relationship’ chatter on Facebook, Twitter etc. makes those susceptible to such anxious, rattled and depressed. I see it all around me.

Definitely some destructive element at work. The brake were working.

The sudden braking may have been in his plan ALL along. Sudden, straight line acceleration followed by applying the emergency brakes, on a sharp corner, was GUARANTEED to jackknife and derail the train. So the braking could have been the ‘belt-and-braces’ — making doubly sure that the train would derail.

But I am beginning to think that there could have been a political statement aspect to this tragic crash.

Food for thought. Maybe we might be getting to the point that we might be better off with driverless trains and even planes.


Brandon Bostian, Reckless Engineer Of Philadelphia Amtrak 188 — Does Amtrak Know His Mental Profile?

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I have a sinking feeling that we have some type of mental issue here — with Brandon Bostian.

There are more people with mental issues in the U.S. than most people even have a clue. I saw these pictures of Brandon Bostian, this morning, while having my coffee in bed, in the U.K. “Daily Mail“, the ONLY newspaper I read (and have been doing so since the 1970s).

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Click to access U.K. “Daily Mail” original.

Nice enough looking guy, even dashingly handsome in his later pictures, BUT look at some of the earlier ones.

Hhhhmmmm.

Simple question. Does Amtrak ever check the mental situation of their engineers?

The statement by Brandon Bostian’s lawyer (above) is VERY telling. No “health issues to speak of”. Good lawyer-speak. Says nothing about MENTAL health.

Says he was not on medication. So on face value it would mean he wasn’t taking any ‘psychiatric’ drugs. BUT again lawyer-speak. Did he STOP taking such drugs? Did that result in suicidal thoughts? Irrational behavior? Did anybody say anything to Amtrak about him acting strange?

Wakeup call for Amtrak. You have to be on top of the mental profile of all your employees.

We used to have the saying “Going Postal”.

Will be have to add “Going Amtrak”?


Was Brandon Bostian, Philadelphia Amtrak 188 Engineer Doing A Germanwings? Was He On Antidepressants?

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This tragedy, Amtrak train 188 derailment with 7 fatalities, hit close to home. I was booked on an Amtrak train to Philadelphia on Thursday, May 14, 2015. Suffice to say I can’t get to Philadelphia by train at the moment. But that is small potatoes and I am not going to bitch about that (though I am put out by how poorly Amtrak is handling the aftermath). The accident, however, totally rattled Deanna. It was too ‘close’ for her comfort.

I had, hours ahead of the reports, suspected speed. But even I had not thought the train would have been going at TWICE the speed limit.

They say that they have ruled out terrorism but I think they might have to revisit that.

The engineer, Brandon Bostian, was up to SOMETHING. He had to accelerate that train from a dead stop, at Philadelphia’s station, to 106 mph in less than 10 minutes. That is going some.

Was he trying to a Germanwings?

Is he another Andreas Lubitz? Trial run that went wrong?

Yes, I know he hit the emergency brakes 2 seconds ahead of the crash. That doesn’t rule out attempted suicide. He just might have lost his nerve at the last minute.

Was he on antidepressants? Will they be even allowed to ask?

I am AMAZED that he was allowed to have a cell phone on him. There is a warrant out for it (and a claim that he has already handed it in). I thought engineers were no longer permitted electronics in the cab?

If he was on the phone ‘they’ should, before any other punishment, shove that phone down his throat. 7 people killed.

I have not been following what has happened to other ‘at fault’ engineers. This guy deserves all that awaits him.


Amtrak Handling Of Philadelphia Train Situation Following Tragic Crash Beyond Unacceptable.

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Of course the derailment of Amtrak train 188, from D.C. to New York, north of Philadelphia, last night, and the consequent loss of life (7) and injuries is a tragedy. We should not has as many train accidents as we do — not in the U.S. and not in 2015. This to me appears to be another instance of human error, excessive speed due to some form of impairment — who knows, the engineer could have been texting or browsing his new Apple watch.

As the media have also been quick to point out Amtrak, especially of late, is no stranger to accidents.

So how come Amtrak is acting CLUELESS about how to deal with the aftermath.

Amtrak should have a detailed, bang-bang-bang, plan as to contingency plans after an accident — with no two accidents ever been the same.

Amtrak’s latest post is as of May 13, 2015, 2:45 AM!

That is NOT acceptable in today’s Internet world. We should have more regular updates ESPECIALLY about the train service — NYC to Philadelphia and beyond — given that this is the MOST travelled of rail corridors in the U.S.

Why am I so put out. Because I am on train 177 from Boston to Philadelphia tomorrow. It is 1:30 pm Wednesday and Amtrak has NO idea whether they can get me to Philadelphia tomorrow or not. All I want to know is should I make alternate plans. They can’t tell me.

I don’t think that that is OK. They should be able to do better. Don’t you think an Airline would handle this better?

I do understand that in the scheme of things, with 7 poor people dead and countless others seriously injured, this may sound like small potatoes. But my point is that Amtrak should be MORE on the ball. They seem, and I have spoken with them, by phone, all at sea.


Deadly Train Derailment In The Bronx. Train Was Being PUSHED By Locomotive, Not Pulled. End of Story! Explains Everything.

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Click to ENLARGE. From 'NY Times'. Use link below to access their original coverage. The red circle marks the engine -- the locomotive.

Click to ENLARGE. From ‘NY Times’. Use link below to access their original coverage. The red circle marks the engine — the locomotive.

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I don’t have the time to go into this in detail BUT I have been a train buff all my life — more so at times than others.
I have even driven actual passenger trains pulled by Canadian diesel engines!
That I have a fairly large collection of train books will attest to this interest because I only collect books on fields that I follow …

A train being PUSHED from the back, especially when negotiating a sharp bend,
is NEVER as stable, and as such safe,
as a train being PULLED from the front.
PERIOD.

Push-Pull commuter trains is a peculiar, COST CUTTING U.S. operational mode.

When I first saw it in the U.S. I was horrified. Aghast! 

It is basic intuitive physics. Try it.

Why do we invariably PULL heavy things. The stability.

This train that derailed would have had a BETTER CHANCE of staying upright if it was being pulled.

Why do they do it. COST SAVINGS.

Commuter trains. Go from A to B and back to A again.

Ideally you have a double track system with switching so that the engine can be moved from front-to-back so to speak so that on the way back it is also still pulling.

Or, as they do in other countries you use TWO power units (locomotives) — one at the front, one at the back. Then you always have one unit PULLING the train.

In the U.S., with the mania for cost savings, they don’t do either.

They PULL the train one way and they PUSH it the way back.

Then you get derailments like this.

Mark my words. I do know about this stuff.

NTSB, aware of the economic impact, will FUDGE their report.
They know that they can’t ban this type of operation.
A few deaths, every few years, is worth it per their calculations.


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Click to access. Google ‘push-pull safety’. Mark my words.