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Still dumbstruck...
I still find myself thinking "Who the hell ships a trainload of ANFO?!" I mean, really, how did that ever seem like a good idea? A huge trainload of fuel, fertilizer, and sulfurous industrial chemicals. I bet one of more of the tank cars BLEVE'd too.

That alternates in my mind with amusement over the thing I mentioned behind my work filter. (And if you're not on the filter and want on (and are on my friends list) - say so.)

I am: stunned
Current Media: quiet office

From: nickhalfasleep Date: February 19th, 2004 05:47 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

not too crazy.

American railroads will do it all the time, however, there are standards about keeping the cars far apart from each other on a train. There are very strict standards on tank car construction to stop valves being "sliced" off like what must have happened here. Also we tend to tie down our cars with hydraulic as well as manual breaks to keep them from crawling away like this, but witness the derailment in LA two months ago, same situation, cars roll away, derail, but don't explode.

zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: February 19th, 2004 09:14 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Yeah, the US has had some massive train explosions too. I remember watching a show that had one where a train of LPG (liquified propane gas) tankers derailed and caught fire. One of the cars eventually BELVEd and damn it was a big one. Fortunately all the firemen, etc, saw that coming a mile away and had withdrawn to let the fire burn - so no one was close enough to be hurt. But even at the 'safe' distance they withdrew too the blast was strong - it was bigger than they thought it would be.

It just seems like this Iranian train was a rolling bomb kit.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: February 19th, 2004 06:50 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I'm interested in being on your work filter.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: February 19th, 2004 09:22 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
You're in. :-)