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Train Wreck This is a clever readable often compelling but thorough book about railroading viewed through accidents through what can go terribly wrong Mr Bibel introduces us to the technologies historic and current in railroads pneumatic brake systems dynamic braking systems central and positive train controls interlocking towers axle bearings rails and ties and Though focused on US and Canadian railroads he does touch on railroad accidents elsewhere in the world usually Europe and notably regarding high speed railroadsThis is a book for a number of audiences; certainly it's a good introduction for those most concerned about it transit and railroad authorities emergency response agencies regional planners Rail buffs will find it fascinating simply because it teaches much about how a train works and runs particularly the simple freight car so ubiuitous on American railroads It's also not bad for teaching certain basic scientific concepts as Mr Bibel illustrates accident forensics with basic physics euations on speed gravity and force; he also touches on metallurgy rails; friction wheel bearings; rail car design; and modern electronics and communications It's timely as he begins his book with a look at the horrific commuter trainfreight collision in LA in 2008 and considers the new challenges posed by ultra high speed trains in Europe Asia and the US Northeast CorridorThere's not much sensationalism here His approach is to exemplify each kind of accident this was a crash in recent or past history this is what happend this is why these are the technical factors and underlying technology Brake failure rail failure signal failure bearings giving out human error It's matter of fact and perhaps valuable since the book spans a lot of scenarios It'll certainly leave the reader with a lot to think about next time she sits at a railroad crossing and watches the locomotives and cars pass byHighest recommendation POSTSCRIPT July 2013 After the horrific train crashes at Lac Megantic uebec and Santiago de Compostela Spain this book deserves another look The general causes of the accidents a runaway string of crude oil tank cars a passenger train taking an outside curve too fast are plain enough but there's enough technical detail in this book that may be helpful in explaining what set the events in motion 35I picked this up after hearing the author speak at a local engineering as in aeronautic astronautic association meeting because my library didn't have his plane crash book So even though my dad was an engineer as in railroad for years I actually started reading this on a bit of a whim ie I'm not a railroad buff but I know people who are I do like a good science book after all and this book has a moderately delightful amount of science But let's face it I was really in it for the wrecks And with the exception of a chapter or two the author did a really good job balancing the two I still get sleepy just think of the science stuffed 'Gravity' chapter yawn He'd start off with a interesting wreck or two then go over the physical forcesunderlying mechanics that were involved Dramatic and informativeOne of the wonderful things about this book was that it included a profuse number of illustrations YAY so for once I don't have to whine about that Those definitely helped me understand lots of railroady things I'd never encountered before Mind you there weren't many photographs but I found the few black and white wreck photos that were included to be unhelpful I had no idea what I was looking atHowever the author did win my 'nerd of the year' award for including both American standard AND metric conversions after every single measurement in the book Maybe the publisher intends to only publish this one edition for the entire planet and the author wanted to cover all his measurement bases Still NERDFinally despite the fact that I enjoyed it I'm sooo happy to finally finish because it was derailing heh all my other reading Trains are massive—with some weighing 15000 tons or 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 17 crashes in which 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 Train Wreck is a fascinating exploration of• runaway trains• bearing failures• metal fatigue• crash testing • collision dynamics• bad rails

  • Hardcover
  • 368 pages
  • Train Wreck
  • George Bibel
  • English
  • 04 August 2016
  • 9781421405902