Friday, September 07, 2012

Terrible Crash

I don't recall reports of this crash. Maybe it was a long time ago.


  1. Not for the faint-hearted ...

  2. Hello Andrew:
    Most alarming!

  3. OMG my heart was in my mouth! Remind me to never go on a train wherever this is!!

  4. Indeed not TS. The first time I watched, I thought a crash was inevitable.

    JayLa, even as a passenger, seeing a train approaching like that would be alarming.

    Grace, it was in Japan, a country of precision train drivers.

  5. Sitting by a window with a passing train would be quite alarming the first time you experienced it.

  6. Victor, I wonder how much passengers could see? I feel uncomfortable when trains are running parallel and one moves closer.

  7. Anonymous5:04 am

    Andrew, Hi,
    A couple of days late but, ... I agree it can be uncomfortable when trains approach like that from a passenger viewpoint. Here in the Netherlands we have many daily instances of trains departing from either side of the same platform, then 'coming together' before taking their own routes. Think of it this way, if you're not in the first carriage then further up front, if anything was going to happen, the trains would already have collided and be grinding to a stop.
    I'd also like to, if I may, suggest the comment about Japanese train drivers being 'precise' has nothing to do with this - the driver can only control how fast a train goes and has no control over its direction. You can see from the start of the clip how the points are set and that, although the clearances are tight (by Melbourne tram standards, not Amsterdam's), the trains are directed in different directions and therefore will not collide unless someone's made a serious mistake with clearances. Yes, alarming if you don't appreciate the principles of guided traction but perfectly safe, and normal, in that application.

  8. Hi. Guessing it is CL. The train drivers being precise was very much a play on the correctness of the Japanese. White gloves instil confidence. When you watch the clip for the first time, you are intently watching the trains, not looking at the tracks. Of course on a second viewing, you do see that there is really no risk of collision. I guess whether the clearances are tight or otherwise, if the points are wrongly set, the disaster will be the same. People place so much trust in train safety systems, and generally it worthy of the trust, but if things go wrong, the disaster can be unimaginable.


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