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Train wreck : the forensics of rail disasters

G. D. Bibel (Author)
Trains are massive--with some weighing 15,000 tons or more. When these metal monsters collide or go off the rails, their destructive power becomes clear. In this book, George Bibel presents riveting tales of trains gone wrong, the detective work of finding out why, and the safety improvements that were born of tragedy. Train Wreck details numerous crashes, including 17 in which more than 200 people were killed. Readers follow investigators as they sift through the rubble and work with computerized event recorders to figure out what happened. Using a mix of eyewitness accounts and scientific explanations, Bibel draws us into a world of forensics and human drama. -- Back cover
Print Book, English, 2018
Johns Hopkins Paper edition View all formats and editions
Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 2018
355 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
9781421427072, 1421427079
The railroad industry (as seen through accidents)
How trains crash, then and now
Moderate-speed passenger train collision
Freight train collisions
Avoiding collisions
Positive train control
Moving at the wrong speed
Bearing failures
Gravity: it's the law
More runaways: brake failure
Broken rail
Buckled track
Epilogue: safety in the modern era