I say this as the son and grandson of good railroad men. If you have been trying to argue that this crash was do to some mythical infrastructure negligence by the GOP, then sit down and shut up, fool. The speed limits are there for a reason:
An Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night had been going at least 100 mph before the crash, the National Transportation Safety Board announced on Wednesday– more than twice the legal speed limit.
Sources familiar with the investigation of the crash told The Wall Street Journal that the train hit a sharp curve and failed to slow down. As NBC News reported, the speed limit on the curve itself was 50 mph, while the limit on the track preceding the curve was 70 mph — still far below the train’s apparent speed.
This is a law-of-physics issue – and possibly a labor issue; I don’t know why the engineer was driving too damned fast, but I think that a lot of people would like to find out – not an ostensibly political one. You have to be damned careful around trains. The same thing that makes them efficient cargo transports also makes them harder to start and stop. They’re big and they’re massive. This is simply the way of things.
Yes, I understand. High speed rail is a part of a rather specific religious catechism. So noted. And save it for church.