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    Shinkansen Bullet Train – Japan JR Rail 7 Day Pass: Kyoto, Kanazawa, Nagoya, Aomori, Minami Chitose

    September 14, 2019


    Today is the 9th of July and we’ve activated our JR Rail passes. This one is good for seven days. We’re starting here in Kyoto and we’re going to work our way to Kanazawa today. We’re going to go to Nagoya. After that we will get on the Shinkansen and head up Aomori, spend the night there. On our last day we’re going to use this to take this all the way to
    Chitose which is the airport next to Sapporo. Where we are renting an RV. We are at Kyoto station. This is our remaining luggage. We sent one large suitcase to our
    buddy Yoshi’s house in Saitama which is near Tokyo. We are taking the Thunderbird
    Express today. We have a reserved seat. It is not a Shinkansen. There’s a
    Shinkansen up there if you can see it. It is a Rapid Express train. These guys
    are getting some snacks because the train is not going to stop for a while.
    It’s gonna stop but we’re not gonna get off for 2.5 hours. I got a sweet since there wasn’t very good choices and a tea. Would you like a coffee or something? Yeah, I need something. What do you got, Kaisho? Oh my goodness, didn’t you have enough sweets yesterday on Matcha Day? Huh? Alright, let’s see. Let’s see. Coffees are down here. Coffees are down here. We’re on our way to Kanazawa. My and Harumi just out here in the hallway. A little bit of rain today, but that’s alright. Can’t wait to get there. Good afternoon from Kanazawa. It is the
    11th of July and it’s a rainy day. We’ve been waiting all morning hoping the
    rain was going to stop. But it hasn’t so we have no choice but to go out right
    now and Kaisho has something to say. Video the mirror. He wants me to video the mirror. I don’t know why. There you go. Now you can see what we’re holding a
    camera and everything. Anyways, we’re gonna go venture out to Kenruku-en Park,
    which is just across the street which is awesome and there is a castle and after
    that we’re gonna go visit a museum. A minimalist Museum. Which we’re very
    excited about because there’s not much in it. And the kids are ready to go. This
    is our teeny tiny little place. It’s not so comfortable because we’re kind of
    locked in here. Just a room here and over there is the kitchen through that door
    and the bathroom. So let’s go out! I’m glad we decided to come to the park after all.
    Kids are enjoying it. We had to buy an umbrella. We didn’t even have that.
    Usually the Airbnb’s come with one but today’s didn’t so, we got an umbrella. Go that way you guys. Hydrangeas everywhere in japan. This is the Koto bridge. Kaisho look at all the support this tree
    requires just to keep it up so it doesn’t fall. Look at all the support on
    this tree. It’s what keeps it standing especially in the wintertime when it
    snows. We’re gonna go up some twisty stairs! Let’s do it.
    It’s raining though. Get this umbrella going. Umbrella going? Yeah, I got the umbrella – see. Alright you lead the way buddy. Nice view down there, huh Kaisho? Yep. Wow that’s so pretty, huh? Even though
    we’re getting rained on here. Alright, let’s go buddy. It’s prettier than pretty, actually. We’re getting rained on, but it’s nice. We’re wet. We found some shelter here. We’re on a boat! Yeah, it’s shaped like a boat. Yeah, we’re getting wet. We’re getting wet. We made it to DT Suzuki’s Museum here in Kanazawa. It’s still raining. We’re really excited
    because that he is known for introducing Zen Buddhism to the west and minimalism
    as well and I think you can already tell that there’s not much here including
    that many people which is good. Let’s check it out right, Kaisho? Are you contemplating, Kaisho? Is this place cool? It’s “full”. Dad? Yes.
    You know what, according to one of the teachings on the wall says we need to be childlike. She’s already got the meaning of life figured out. Yeah. Haru and Boom-chan, you guys have the meaning of life figured out already, you know that? No worries. You don’t worry about stuff. You can pull on my ear, no worries. There’s no worries here for the kids. She got over there by this! Alright, I’ll see you there buddy. Hi Kaisho. We’re on a quest to learn more about Zen
    Buddhism, and more about nature getting more in touch with nature, be more
    minimalist. All kinds of good stuff. Oh, it’s another beautiful park out here! There’s always room for some Matcha, even on a cold day. A matcha latte sounded good to me. We spent the last three days here in Kanazawa. Visited Shirakawago and the castle grounds. And now we’re going to get back
    on the train and head to Nagoya for a couple days. Before heading up to Hokkaido. Let’s go. You guys ready to get on the road again? Yep. Little tired? Yeah. We’ve got too much luggage. We still haven’t figured that out yet. Where are we going, Kaisho? Nagoya. Let’s pack it up! We’re riding on the train. On the way to Nagoya. And, luckily, the four of us can share two reserved seats. It’s hard to tell, but yeah, we’re all fitting in here. Here Haru. Could you stop videoing now? We just arrived in Nagoya. It’s freaking
    hot and it was a very difficult time we had today trying to find our Airbnb.
    Luckily, we had an awesome taxi driver. Harumichan was screaming her head
    off. Tthe taxi driver didn’t care he was trying his best to try to find the place.
    And he even turned off the meter. He was just so set on helping us find the location that he shut the meter off. Which is pretty awesome. We’re at Oasis at Nagoya. Is it cool? Yep! How was that, buddy? Cool. I ran from there all the way around and then came all the way to here. We’re in search for Totoro. Well, we’re not going to see hat but we’re gonna see a house that’s in the movie. It looks exactly the same as in the movie. A Totoro movie. We’re going to see Satsuki and Mae’s house and maybe
    if we’re lucky we’ll find Totoro too. “My Neighbor Totoro” is a Japanese anime
    movie from the 1980s. While made for kids, I think everyone would enjoy watching it.
    And this house is an exact replica from the movie. I wanna go see Neco-no-bus now. Okay, let’s go find Neco-no-bus. It can run on water and jump while going
    and can jump up in the movie on top of the tree! That’s craziness, huh? Yeah.
    That’s a magical bus. From water! And can go on power cords without falling off or getting shocked. Wow! That’s cool. Is Haru eating flowers?
    Picking them. Haru? Oh, is that for me, Sweetie? You gonna give that to Daddy?
    Oh. Arigato. Oh, thank you. Ah, thanks sweetie. Pull it down. Pull it. Pull it. Yeah, there you go. Now watch the wheels. You see they made them go? Okay, and then when you push it back it’ll stop the wheels. Watch, see it
    stops pretty fast actually I’m impressed. Pull it down! Very good okay let it go.
    Pretty good, Kaisho. Yeah, faster faster. Go spin it Haru. Yeah, there you go. Look, you’re going 67. You went up to 67, Haru. Yeah, there you go Haru. Oh! There you go. I want to show you the three different compares. Alright. This one’s the right shape. Look. Ah, I see! Yata, Boom Boom. We’re getting our seat reservations at the
    JR ticket office. We will be taking the Shinkansen from Nagoya to Shin Aomori, but first, we’ll need to change trains in Tokyo. Baba, bye! Today we’re riding on Shinkansen to Hokkaido. Is it going fast? Umm, much slower. He got used to, we took the simulation yesterday of the Maglev. Well the simulation Maglev, which went twice as fast as the Shinkansen. So he thinks this is slow. And we’re going to Aomori. Dad, it’s even slower than the normal driving train. Actually, this is more than twice as fast as the express train we took yesterday. Wrooooong! The Shinkansen is too fast for me. If I look out the window I get motion sickness. So, I’ve just been trying to keep this down, so I don’t get sick. Mama’s scared again? Let’s go find a bento to take on the train with us! Do that one look good to you? No. It’s like beef. Hayabusa 1! I’m super excited to ride the Hayabusa
    Shinkansen. It’s one of the newest and fastest trains and it travels from Tokyo
    to Hokkaido. It’s also reserved only trains so make sure you reserve your
    seats ahead of time. Haru, are you ready to eat your bento on the shinkansen? You’re ready, huh? It takes about three and a half hours to
    get to Shin Aomori station from Tokyo Station on the Hayabusa Shinkansen. We’re at the train station in Aomori. We’re on our way north towards Hokkaido. We’re just
    spending one night just to break up the trip because it’s a long trip.
    The boys are eating their bento boxes that they didn’t get a chance to eat on
    the Shinkansen. Haru and I already ate our bento box earlier so we’re just waiting for our train. Spend one night in Aomori and get back on a train tomorrow for the rest of the way to Sapporo. It’s cold here up north! This is the northern tip of the island of Honshu. We’ve never been this far up and like you said, it’s cold, so we’re putting our sweaters on. First time we’re having to wear them. Haru is probably saying, “where’s my sweater?” She didn’t want to wear it the other day. You want to wear your sweater, Haru? I know
    you’re trying to get an apple juice out of the vending machine. I know you want an apple juice. You keep asking for another drink. I don’t want to buy another one. We just had a
    nice vanilla milk. Now she’s trying to buy an apple juice. That’s the moon! Almost a full moon. We are in, Aomori-desu. We are at Aomori, at the ocean! At the ocean. Tomorrow we will cross over to the island of Hokkaido. We are here at Shin-Aomori train station. We’re about to catch the train to Hokkaido. And it’s a beautiful day. Bright blue sky. Ready for one more train ride, Harumi? One more train to get us to Hokkaido. And we’re going camping. Yay! After one night stay in Aomori, we’re back
    on the train, early. Well, it feels early. We’re so tired! We’re renting an RV today in Hokkaido. We’re going to pick that up in Chitose, which is near the airport. Can’t wait to start, even though we’re tired.

    Palm Springs Aerial Tramway (Things to do in Palm Springs with Kids ): Look Who’s Traveling
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    Palm Springs Aerial Tramway (Things to do in Palm Springs with Kids ): Look Who’s Traveling

    September 12, 2019


    Ah ah. Day two in Palm Springs. We’re at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Here’s my ticket. All aboard! This is the largest rotating aerial tramway in the world. We’re going up. The ride is twelve and a half minutes long. We’re so high up! We have arrived. We’re at Mount San Jacinto State Park. It is 38 degrees. Hiking the Discovery Nature Trail. I’m drawing with a stick. I found a snowball! We’re at Downtown Palm Springs. We’re at Hats Unlimited. [Mom] Ready? Shake your head. Marilyn Monroe, we meet again. Then we went to Lappert’s Ice Cream. We’re at Palm Greens Cafe. Time for some healthy organic lunch. We’re going back to Miracle Springs Resort to do some swimming. Now we’re at the jacuzzi. We are at Musashi. We’re having some Japanese food for dinner. We are at the Living Desert for Wild Lights. This is an annual Christmas lights festival at the zoo. All aboard the Polar Express! We’re ready to enter the time tunnel.

    🚋 Tramway Exotica: Trams of Indian Subcontinent – Documentary | Kolkata | Part 3
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    🚋 Tramway Exotica: Trams of Indian Subcontinent – Documentary | Kolkata | Part 3

    September 12, 2019


    Although the Calcutta tramways company did remain british-owned for many years following independence It was managed by the state of West Bengal after August 1967 Now the state-owned CTC operates India’s last surviving tramway the Calcutta story begins with a short-lived meter gauge horse line opened in 1873 This was followed by a larger network of lines probably built to the four foot eight and a half inch gauge these were open progressively by the Calcutta tramways Company between 1880 and 1884 At times Steam trams were also used Electric trams first appeared in 1902 and for the next 30 years of variety of two-axle first-class single-decker motorcars were built together with matching second-class trailers Starting in 1948 and continuing well into the 60s many were rebuilt and permanently coupled together Known as streamlined trains or utility cars M-class numbers 1 to 179 would have special interest to visiting British Enthusiasts as some had trucks acquired from systems such as Leeds Leicester Oldham and Stockport Eventually their collection of inherited motors would be replaced by imports from Hungary These M’s feature prominently in the following film sequences taken between 1960 and 1978 by Messrs Cunningham Healy Matthews Santorelli and Todd The CTC never operated double deckers and only a handful of conventional bogie cars These were J class numbers 301 to 306 built by English Electric in 1931 on maximum traction bogies Somewhat rebuilt this view shows one later in life coupled to a 4-wheel trailer English electric also provided the first three examples of the much more successful que class Like the J’s 307 2 309 were delivered in 1931 referred to by the CTC as the articulated or English cars a further 180 KS numbers 3 10 2 4 8 9 were built locally between 1932 and 1939 Conceived and first tested in England each end has a powered maximum traction truck with an unpowered Equal wheel truck under the articulation all the trucks motors and controllers coming from English Electric Like the Jake laughs they were fitted with air brakes as where all subsequent new cars The caves had two entirely separate body sections each with its own drop center entrance There being no physical connection between the first and second class saloons The official overall capacity of about a hundred and twenty was often exceeded During the early sixties when these Sequences were filmed most case still looked relatively smart in their gray and cream a color scheme Which had displaced the original chocolate and cream with delivery of the J’s and KS in 1931 After the case came the streamline L class articulated 492 five five nine built between 1942 and 1951 When first delivered these cars supported a top-heavy cowling on the roof of the first class saloon Which had concealed the resistances as on these post-war ELLs this cowling was later reduced in size Like the case each car carried a crew of three supplemented in P cars on the busiest sections by extra conductors known as line conductors Although all their equipment was from English electric the elves differed from the earlier case in riding on three equal wheel trucks During the 50s several caves have been rebuilt with lengthened bodies and slightly different rear ends to the ELLs in This view the rebuilt K is on the left This shows the more rounded front end Nonno polka works handled everything from building new bodies to keeping older veterans on the road When the state took over the company in 1967 it had envisaged phasing out the trams by the early seventies but oil prices Pollution and a change of heart by planners led to the decision to retain the system Using some of the second-hand equipment purchased from Bombay 201 – 206 entered service in the mid sixties these were experimental first-class, PA. Ye cars Several older vehicles were also adapted for PA. Ye and painted in this striking cream and blue livery However the PA. Ye concept proved impractical and was dropped about 1970 There was no doubt the trams played a major part in moving Calcutta’s Millions For example in 1959 there were some twenty six services Operating from eight depots over the 42 mile system and they carried a staggering 400 million passengers Prior to the introduction of route numbers in 1958 coloured symbols and lights have been used You You

    Palm Springs Winter! HD
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    Palm Springs Winter! HD

    September 11, 2019


    During the winter, we were looking for quick escape from Los Angeles with hopefully a warmer climate. I’m Luke and my wife Joann and I thought we had just the right destination in mind. What’s up everybody, we just arrived to Palm Springs! Palm Springs is a great place during the winter. To get away and you know find a place to enjoy poolside. We’re just looking forward to having a good time. As you start to climb the mountain, you see the true beauty here as well as the amazing desert beyond. Desert Snow And now we’re on the desert view trail. We’re looking forward to a little relaxation here. After our trip, we realized we thought right. Palm Springs is not a bad way at all to spend your winter! Click SUBSCRIBE to stay updated on the latest videos!

    Tramway Museum and Garden Island
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    Tramway Museum and Garden Island

    September 11, 2019


    It was a short ride today, because we’re still jet lagged We rode to the Tramway Museum and to Garden Island, to see dolphis A totally urban ride Now I’m leaving the car port As you can see, it’s a narrow passage “Tight as a young sheila”, as they say in Southern Brazil I had already moved Patricia’s bike Now it’s time for mine And off we go We’re recording the departure for the 1st time This is our “car port lane” From there we go to the other suburb streets Nearly all brand new until we leave it There’s already a lot of cars parked on the streets And nearly all houses are finished We are about to enter Hampstead Rd, one of the main roads in Adelaide An athlete has just passed us Later we’ll see him fiercely pushing his bike along with the traffic Almost all roads have a bycicle lane This makes it easier for one to ride push bikes here Now we’re entering Pt Wakefield Rd At the corner, a place for kart racing and laser skirmishes Soon after this, a lot of cars will appear This is a fruits and veggs market, open every Sunday A of people come to buy stuff here We’re now approaching our 1st target, the Tramway Museum That is, the road leading to it, St Kilda Rd; we are about to enter it then we’ll stay there for a while We’re approaching the Tramway Museum entrance. The entrance has a little gravel Ride on gravel… Patricia doesn’t like it But she was ok, no problems at all… She’s getting used to it Now we park the bikes to enjoy the historical trams This is the tram ride; it goes from the Museum to a park An adventure playgroung… It goes there and back over the same track It’s nice! One has unlimited rides on these old trams when one enters the Museum It’s a pleasant ride, good for relaxation We’re now approaching Garden Island, our 2nd destination I knew they offered kayak tours to see dolphins and sea lions What I didn’t know is that the dolphins were so close to the shore We saw a lot of them, as you’ll see in the following “mini movies” Awesome… They seem to be doing this on purpose… Awesome! Look at this! There must be 2 or 3 There are lots of them Look at this! So close! I’m just rolling the tape to see what happens Look! One’s just jumped There are at least 2 or 3 of them I’ve caught many of them That little girls is going crazy… I wish they came close to me… But I don’t think they’ll do ‘looks as if they are coming here…

    Noise and Vibration – Melbourne Metro Rail Project
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    Noise and Vibration – Melbourne Metro Rail Project

    September 11, 2019


    Noise and vibration is a very personal thing
    and people react very, very differently to noise and vibration. We live in a city and
    cities are noisy places. We are exposed to lots of noises within the
    city that we’re used to and we don’t tend to notice. What we’re looking at as part of the project
    is airborne noise, which comes from a specific source and we hear it at our ears. We’re also looking at vibration, which will
    travel through the ground and that’s something that we feel. We’re looking at noise and vibration
    associated with construction and we’re also looking at noise and vibration associated
    with operation. We’re specifically looking at airborne noise
    related to the construction sites that will be at various locations, including the stations
    and some of the emergency access shafts. In the case of the tunnelling works, they
    will create vibration and it’s heard as a low frequency rumble. And it’s quite interesting
    because in Melbourne, we’re quite used to ground-borne noise because we’ve
    got a lot of tram movements. And if you think of when you’re in a building,
    and the doors are closed, windows are closed but you can hear you can still hear the tram,
    and it’s a low-frequency rumble. That’s the sort of thing that we’re talking about, when
    we’re talking about ground borne noise. For the most part, all our work will be underground
    and you will only really notice us when we come to surface at the stations or at the
    portals. So it’s quite a minimal disruption compared to other methods. We’re looking at an enormous number of sensitive
    receivers, residential locations, hospitals, hotels. For areas where we have high rise buildings,
    and in particular where there may be evening or night time work, we’ve actually looked
    at implementing acoustic construction sheds. They’re going to be very big. They’re going
    to allow trucks to enter them and for work to be undertaken within them. Major infrastructure requires construction.
    There will be noise and vibration associated with it, but once that is complete we’ll have
    a fabulous new rail line.

    Sydney Light Rail – six month project update
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    Sydney Light Rail – six month project update

    September 5, 2019


    It’s been six months since the project started and there is so much happening; we’re occupying four zones here in the city and four zones out in the east in Moore Park & Randwick. So here in the city, we’re now working all the way from Circular Quay to Wynyard and all the way from Market Street to Town Hall. The project is progressing so well. What you’re seeing now is the non-sexy stuff, it’s the utilities work under the ground, digging holes, protecting all the cables and pipes that are down there so that we can come back and do the really hard yakka of laying the tracks. But what we’re going to see as the year goes on is more and more zones and a lot more activity. We’re undertaking probably one of the most comprehensive mapping and investigation activities of services anywhere of a project of this type in the world. George Street in particular over many, many decades has got a complex web of services beneath the surface and our challenge is to work with utility providers to relocate those to pave the way for the light rail construction. A lot of this work with utilities is actually underground and taken at night so the general public won’t notice a lot of activity, but there is a lot of work going on. We knew that this project would be disruptive and we are so proud of Sydneysiders and how they’ve responded to help us. We’ve had drivers really change their behaviour and so what we’ve seen is a reduction in people entering the city by car between 8 – 9 in the morning. But we’re worried about complacency. We also really want to thank bus commuters who have responded so well in the past six months to massive changes and we’re going to see more changes happen out in the east as we progress the project. Our key message to people who work or visit the CBD is leave your car at home if at all possible and use public transport. If you need to bring your car in we need you to avoid the city centre, we need you to travel outside of the peak and to travel on the edge of the city on the routes that we’ve actually increased capacity on. We need the space we’ve got left for those who need to be here taxi drivers, freight operators and people who are servicing the buildings. Our mission is to keep Sydney moving and to keep Sydney open for business. We’re trying to activate the areas where possible too and we’ll be doing more activation, more activities, be they photographic exhibitions, concerts… we want to make sure we get the message out that Sydney is still open and it’s still a great place to come.

    GPI – Using Drones to Map a Railroad Corridor
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    GPI – Using Drones to Map a Railroad Corridor

    August 31, 2019


    When Keolis commuter services came to GPI
    they asked us to provide an accurate measurement of vegetation within their rail corridor. In order to accomplish this task, GPI deployed
    drones to capture imagery along the right-of-way. After the individual images were processed,
    they were then compiled into one orthomosaic image of the corridor. Because the images themselves were geo-referenced
    with X, Y and Z coordinates, the orthomosaic could further be refined into a 3D, or point
    cloud, model. By importing this model into CAD through the
    use of templates representing the clearance path of the maintenance equipment we could
    then calculate the volume of vegetation that need to be removed to clear the right-of-way
    of all obstructions. In the future we can expand on the initial
    information by recognizing vegetation species in the scan data and knowing growth rates,
    a complete and efficient maintenance schedule can be produced.

    NTSB says changed needed to railroad crossings after deaths of 4 Central Texans
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    NTSB says changed needed to railroad crossings after deaths of 4 Central Texans

    August 28, 2019


    CLEAR.2-SYDNEY:TONIGHT THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD SAYS CHANGES NEED TO BE MADE TO RAILROAD CROSSINGS AFTER FOUR PEOPLE FROM CENTRAL TEXAS WERE KILLED.2-ROBERT: ALMOST A YEAR AND A HALF AGO, A TRAIN SLAMMED INTO A CHARTER BUS THAT GOT CAUGHT ON A RAILWAY CROSSING IN BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI.38 PEOPLE WERE INJURED.MANY WERE FROM BASTROP. 2-SYDNEY:KXAN’S JACQULYN POWELL EXPLAINS WHY THE NTSB SAYS RAILROAD COMPANY “C-S-X” AND THE CITY WERE AT FAULT. JACQULYN: WHAT BEGAN AS FUN A TRIP TO VISIT MISSISSIPPI CASINOS ABOARD THIS TOUR BUS….LEFT DOZENS OF TEXAS TOURISTS’ LIVES FOREVER CHANGED…DUANE MCKERVEY/CRASH SURVIVOR: “YOU LOOK OUT THE WINDOW AND HERE’S THIS BIG TRAIN COMING RIGHT AT YOU AND YOU KNOW IT’S NOT GOING TO STOP IN TIME”JACQULYN: SURVIVORS LIKE DUANE MCKERVEY RECALLED THE TRAUMA AFTER THE CRASH… MCKERVEY: 07:34:37 “PEOPLE IN THE AISLES PEOPLE BLEEDING PROFUSELY”JACQULYN: 38 PEOPLE WERE LEFT WITH INJURIES.AND LOVED ONES OF THE FOUR WHO WERE KILLED… MAUREEN TANNER, VICTIM: 00 ” I CAN’T BELIEVE SHE’S GONE 02 IT JUST DOESN’T SEEM POSSIBLE 05 JACQULYN: …WERE LEFT TO SUFFER.AN NTSB REPORT RELEASED TUESDAY SAYS BOTH THE CITY OF BILOXI — AND THE RAILROAD COMPANY — KNEW THAT THIS CROSSING WASN’T SAFE.SINCE 1976, THERE HAVE BEEN 16 CRASHES AND TWO DEATHS IN THIS SAME SPOT.EVEN AFTER WORK WAS DONE TO THE CROSSING IN 2014, IT WASN’T ENOUGH.THE NTSB SAYS NUMEROUS VEHICLES STILL GOT STUCK.SINCE THIS CRASH — THE NTSB HAS MADE A NUMBER OF RECOMMENDATIONS TO DIFFERENT AGENCIES — TO MAKE CROSSINGS LIKE THIS ONE SAFE.AND HERE- AT THE SITE OF THE CRASH — TRUCKS, BUSSES, AND RECREATIONAL VEHICLES ARE NO LONGER ALLOWED TO CROSS. JACQULYN POWELL, KXAN NEWS. ROBERT:THE NTSB IS CALLING ON RAILROAD OPERATORS AND GOVERNMENTS TO DO MORE TO EVALUATE AND FIX RAILROAD CROSSINGS.BUT LAST YEAR, WE REVEALED THERE IS VERY LITTLE INFORMATION AVAILABLE ABOUT PROBLEMS WITH LOCAL CROSSINGS. A SEARCH OF FEDERAL RAILWAY SAFETY RECORDS SHOWS NO LISTING OF LOCATIONS IN CENTRAL TEXAS WHERE THERE ARE “HUMP” RAIL CROSSINGS THAT BUSES SHOULD AVOID.AND OUT OF 27-THOUSAND CROSSINGS IN TEXAS, KXAN FOUND ONLY 36 STATEWIDE.ULTIMATELY, IDENTIFYING PROBLEMS IS UP TO WHO MAINTAINS THE ROAD OF A STEEP CROSSING.TYPICALLY THAT FALLS WITH THE CITY OR COUNTY. LAST YEAR – WE DID LEARN WILLIAMSON COUNTY HAD SEEN THE MOST FATALITIES AT RAIL CROSSINGS OVER A TEN YEAR PERIOD IN CENTRAL TEXAS.THEY TOLD US TODAY THEY WILL REVIEW THE NTSB REPORT AND THEN

    Severe thunderstorm winds in Kansas cause more than 100 cars on 2 trains to derail
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    Severe thunderstorm winds in Kansas cause more than 100 cars on 2 trains to derail

    August 28, 2019


    A line of severe thunderstorms that roared across Kansas early Sunday morning reportedly brought winds so powerful they caused two trains with more than 100 cars to derail The National Weather Service said a local storm report of thunderstorm wind damage was reported around 11:56 p m. near Walton, located about 32 miles north of Wichita. Two trains were reported to have derailed near Walton, with 90 rail cars derailed on one train and 50 on the other, according to the NWS  “The rail cars were all empty and many were double stacked,” the agency said. “No injuries were reported ” LIGHTNING TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT DURING SCHOOL COUNSELOR’S CAMPUS WALK IN SHOCKING VIDEO BNSF Director of Public Affairs Andy Williams told KSN-TV that one train was traveling at an estimated 15 mph while preparing to stop due to the severe weather when the winds caused it to derail   Dozens of train cars were blown off the tracks in Walton, Kansas, after strong gusts from passing thunderstorms just before midnight on Sunday (KWCH via NNS) Another train that was parked in a storage yard was also blown over, according to Williams  Walton resident A.J. Dugan told KWCH he was surprised the storms were powerful enough to topple rail cars   Emergency dispatchers said the cars blown over were all empty, so there were no concerns about hazardous materials (KWCH via NNS) “It’s definitely the first time we’ve seen a train knocked over and seen this much destruction on spot,” he told the television station  PHIL MICKELSON’S HOTEL STRUCK BY LIGHTNING, EVACUATED; GOLFER STILL MAKES TEE TIME Wind gusts as high as 67 mph were measured at the Newton Airport located nearby, according to the NWS  The weather service had warned of a line of severe storms approaching the area with winds between 65 and 70 mph Besides toppling train cars, the strong winds also knocked out power for residents in the area  “We’re out of power and there are lot of trees down on Walton Avenue that’s knocked over,” Dugan said  CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP On Sunday, multiple cranes and crews were out in Walton working to clean up the derailments Railroad officials told KSN that train traffic will be rerouted to avoid the Walton area until cleanup and repair operations are complete