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Philadelphia Amtrak 188 Train — Should “Business Class” Car Have Been Right Behind Locomotive?

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Click to ENLARGE and view here. From the “New York Times”. Use link below to access original — which I have also quoted in earlier posts.


Sad and ironic that the rail car that suffered the most damage — unimaginable in its devastation — was the ‘Business Class‘ car, which happened to be the ‘first car‘, right behind the locomotive. I assume that most of the fatalities and serious injuries that resulted happened to passengers in this car. Seems sad. They pay the most and end up suffering the most.

But, this is the same argument about First and Business class on airplanes. They are always at the front. I know. I have, over my 62 years, flown 2.5 million miles (with a Lifetime Gold Card from AA to commemorate my million miles just with them) and at least 60% of this was in the front of planes. One of my earlier wives used to always quip, “Anu has no idea that planes have seats with seat numbers that are greater than ‘6’”.

And then there is this very famous and profound adage that goes: “Have you ever heard of a plane flying into a mountain backwards?”

On planes ONE of the reasons that First/Business class is at the front has to do with engine noise — plane engines either being in the middle or back of the plane. 

Not sure why you would put the Business Class car right behind the engine? Not sure if that is always the case either. It is possible that the logic is that the locomotive, in front, provides the MOST ‘cushioning’ — though in a front impact it also means that that carriage is closer to the impact.

I do not, and never have, travelled Amtrak that much. The last time was about 4 years ago. The trip to Philadelphia, that got disrupted by this Brandon Bostian recklessness, was unusual. I typically fly or drive. I will have to do some research as to what would be the optimum positioning for a Business Class car KNOWING that each and every train accident has its own dynamics. Just the stuff that rattle around my brain.


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

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Click here to access original at Amtrak.com.


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.