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Posted by Gilbert B Norman (Member # 1541) on :

Brief passage:

Posted by George Harris (Member # 2077) on :
As of this morning, the death toll is 7.

For those not familiar with the area:

In this location the WMATA tracks are between the CSX (ex B&O) tracks. This is the CSX line west used by quite a few commuter trains and the Capitol Limited. The WMATA line is the one to Shady Grove. This was Phase 2A of the construction of the system. The set up of the tracks is thus:


There is a fence with intrusion detection between the B&O mains and the WMATA mains.
Posted by George Harris (Member # 2077) on :
did not realize this had been so long in the past. Track spacing like this would not be built, and probably could not be built with the current day safety standards. In 1970 is was OK. There was a B&O derailment that left some of the derailed equipment on the WMATA tracks. I do not remember when, but it was within the shutdown hours. (For those who are not familiar, B&O is now part of CSX.

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