BART Train Derails, Dangles Off Elevated Track

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  1. MSYgirl

    MSYgirl Gold Member

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    An empty Bay Area Rapid Transit train derailed Friday night at the Concord station, leaving its lead car dangling off the elevated rails.

    Ryan Sellick, an engineer at Twitter, captured this scene:


    [​IMG] @ryansellick / Twitter
    A BART train hangs over the edge of the elevated rail at a station Friday night in Concord, Calif.
    No injuries were reported in the incident at 6:20 p.m. (9:20 p.m. ET), but all service on the Pittsburg-Bay Point line was halted beyond Pleasant Hill, BART said.
     
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    Wow, very surprising. It takes a lot to derail a train, and BART has a very good safety record.
     
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    Now that I see those other pictures it looks like the second car might have picked a switch. Very good no one was hurt. :)
     
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    What's interesting about the shot is the car still has power to it (look at the lights !) which means there still are connections to the third rail. Just wonder if the switch was thrown a bit too soon.

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    That is terrible and glad nobody was hurt, but is the train "dangling" or just derail?
     
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    The BART equipment is equipped with a fairly robust inverter system. I don't know how long the batteries would actually last under a full load like that, but cars provide 100% interior and exterior lighting in the event of a power interruption. The HVAC is the only thing that gets killed right away. I've never experienced a longer power outage than a few seconds on BART but the system is designed so that if the train stops with a car gapped between third rail sections, the headlights and computer system stays on for the operator and the lights stay on for the passengers.
     
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