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Authored by: mpellatt on Saturday, September 15 2012 @ 02:06 AM EDT
How long (far) does it take a train to stop?

It depends on the rail conditions and, if they are poor, whether or not the equipment to mitigate that effect is operational.

Translation "Are the rails slippery, and if so, is the sanding equipment on the train working ?"

If not, yes, the effects can be interesting.

When the ORR first announced their intention to prosecute, SouthEastern made a lot of very public noise about defending the prosecution robustly. In the event, they wisely pleaded guilty.

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Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, September 15 2012 @ 03:59 AM EDT
I have seen it written that if the train is running at 100 mph (140 kph) then the driver must start the process 5 miles (8 km) away from the desired stopping point.

This is for normal stops so emergency stops would be a little less (but undependably so for reasons posted by others), however allowing for signal placing might increase beyond that.

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  • Question... - Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, September 15 2012 @ 12:53 PM EDT
How long does it take a train to stop ...
Authored by: nsomos on Saturday, September 15 2012 @ 10:20 AM EDT
Parent asks "How long does it take a train to stop?"

I was going to say it could be as long as 43 years .... but that is a different sort of 'train-wreck'.

(Referring to the 43 year old railroad benefits case ... and it may not have stopped even yet)

Judge rules in 43-year-old civil case that has crawled through the system

And some of us thought that "Bleak House" was fiction.

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