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mastermariner

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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 10:05:47 AM

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- A train has derailed on a collapsing Canada bridge near Calgary, threatening to send five rail cars carrying a diesel-like substance into a river, officials said Thursday.

Efforts were under way to keep the cars from falling off the slowly sagging bridge and then pump out the yet-unspecified but potentially flammable liquid. No injuries were reported.

"It appears that the bridge is failing," said emergency management director Bruce Burrell. The train derailed after a section of the bridge dropped two feet (60 centimeters) Thursday morning.

Each car could have 80,000 pounds (36,000 kilograms) of flammable product, said acting Fire Chief Ken Uzeloc. He could not specify the liquid. A sixth car on the bridge is an empty oil tanker, he said.

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CdnLynx
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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2013 12:12:17 AM

Last week, during record flooding in southern Alberta, in a desperate attempt to help save rail bridges in Calgary, it was decided to place stationary rail cars on the bridges to help, weigh them down, during the onslaught from the raging river.
I am somewhat surprised that they used fuel cars for this, thought they would have used timber cars or cars loaded with some other type of aggregate, (rock) comes to mind. It was in attempts to hold the supports in place to help them salvage from destruction, many of the bridges, the approach's from either side were eroded.
I don't believe this was an operational train but a mere handful of rail cars that were prepositioned in an attempt to save infrastructure!

News organizations are becoming so adaptive in misleading the public in order to sell more and more news, that they write in ways to give false impressions and by not telling the whole truthfull story.



[Edited by: CdnLynx at 6/29/2013 12:17:26 AM EST]
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Alaydown
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 10:06:30 PM

With all of their astronomically high taxes, they apparently aren't spending it on their railroad bridges. It also goes to prove that pipelines are much safer than trains for transporting oil.
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mike56MI
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 5:39:19 PM

WOW
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montpelier28
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 5:17:08 PM

good luck, be careful.
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KBearCA
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 4:37:55 PM

so scary
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RBob
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 4:02:45 PM

Probably should not have been on the bridge in the first place. Good news was NO SPILL and no injuries.
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bar1035
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 3:42:25 PM

Trains are so much safer than pipelines. I mean what could go wrong?
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Moumoom
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 3:02:24 PM

JagXKR's info is important to know. Despite old bridges and roads collapsing, this one might have been undermined by the torrent of water from the worst floods the area has ever seen. We don't know for sure, but should not jump to conclusions. Unfortunately, it's not that it happened, but how we're going to prevent fuel from getting into a flooding river.
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investmentdr
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 2:59:47 PM

safer than pipelines?
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Taxrefugee
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 1:29:48 PM

Pipelines don't derail
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orphancarguyPE
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 1:12:38 PM

JagXKR has nailed the issues.
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JagXKR
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 1:07:45 PM

Update.
All rail cars off the bridge. 10,000 people still not being allowed back to their homes, over a week later, and no timeline for them to get back to their residences.
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JagXKR
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 1:01:17 PM

100 year old bridge in a city with the worst flood in history. The downtown of a city with over 1million people shut down for days. $Billions, and I mean $Billions, in damage. Southern Alberta total damage is massive with some towns still under water over a week later. Tons of bridges in the region destroyed. Many highways cut in half by flash floods. Creeks that used to trickle turned into raging rivers multiple times their previously record flow levels. The whole area wil take months to clean up.
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Jeff1944
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 12:54:59 PM

Yesterday's story, no new information about woulda, coulda and shoulda with little facts, just speculations.
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 12:05:00 PM

rethink those mile long oil trains before its too late
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derKraut
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 11:48:08 AM

All RailCars safely removed = no spill.
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mitt4prez
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 11:05:56 AM

But pielines aren't GRREEEEEEEEEEENNNNNN!!!
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MustangRacing
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 10:33:29 AM

"It appears that the bridge is failing,"
So by it dropping 2 feet means it hasn't failed yet?
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 10:27:04 AM

Lots of bad news packed into one derailment.
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BeemerBikerUT
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 10:12:43 AM

Thanks for the story.
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russiam
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 10:12:41 AM

Oh
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BBF_PFS
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 10:10:56 AM

Say Fred you're the new guy here go climb out on that failing bridge and put this hose on the first tanker so we can pump it out. Oh and stay there so you can move the hose to the other tankers as well.
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mastermariner
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 10:06:32 AM

I guess the US is not the only ones with failing bridges
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