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George Harris
Member # 2077
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See: http://www.fox5dc.com/news/183150238-story (Friday July 29, 2016)

The derailment occurred in the crossover adjacent to the East Falls Church station. The crossover is a double crossover, sometimes called a scissors crossovers as the crossovers overlap and have a center diamond. The station is a center platform station, so the crossover is fairly long. If I remember correctly, the turnouts are No. 8's. Speed was probably fairly low, 20 mph limit if I remember correctly.

A few quotes for understanding after the news article disappears from the internet:
The derailment happened around 6:15 a.m. near the platform at the East Falls Church station.

75 passengers who were on the train were off-loaded after the derailment. The one person injured was believed to have suffered minor, non-life-threatening injuries.
. . . .
The current SafeTrack Surge #5, and the first SafeTrack Surge #1, were focused on maintenance in the area near where the derailment occurred.

Nothing in the article about the amount of vehicle or track damage.
Gilbert B Norman
Member # 1541
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The New York Times "teed off" at Metro earlier this month. The Times has a well staffed Washington Bureau (likely larger than any other out of town media outlet), and those staffers certainly ride Metro:


Fair Use:

  • WASHINGTON — Usually when people talk of dysfunction and gridlock in Washington, they mean the relationship between the White House and Congress.

    But as a summer of closings, maintenance disruptions and chronic delays for the Metro in Washington continues into the fall, the nation’s second-busiest subway system has brought a painful new meaning to the words for a city awaiting a new president.

I defer to others to evaluate this article. To me, it has all the trappings of a human interest piece and does "not exactly" strike me as Pulitzer material.
George Harris
Member # 2077
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Originally posted by Gilbert B Norman:

  • WASHINGTON — . . . . the nation’s second-busiest subway system has brought a painful new meaning to the words for a city awaiting a new president.

"Second busiest" Is that really correct? What about Chicago, Philadelphia?

Having, a long time ago now, spent 6 years of my life working on this thing mostly before the first piece opened and at that time hearing over and over:
"It costs too much"
"It is taking too long to build"
"Nobody is ever going to ride it"
And since seeing all the ultimate system as originally planned plus a few of the dotted lines "maybe someday" either built or underway, it is still surprising to see it referred to as the "second busiest in the country".
George Harris
Member # 2077
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