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We’re not getting the full story about the CPR train crash just east of Field, in the Kicking Horse Pass.
According to reports, Train #301 had been safely stopped for over two hours before it started down the hill towards Field. It could not have been stopped without its airbrakes working.
While it stood still, a new operating crew took over.
And then, unaccountably, the train started to roll. “It was not anything the crew did,” senior investigator James Carmichael assured the media. “The train started to move on its own.”
That seems to contradict the basic laws of physics. As Isaac Newton theorized, centuries ago, things do not move on their own unless a force is applied to them.
Categories: Sharp Edges
Tags: CPR, train crash, Field, Golden, Spiral Tunnels