This makes sense. I could never get why trains sometimes have locomotives on the *back* of the line. Why are there *pusher* engines? The answer was provided by – quelle surprise – The Discovery Channel. The Crash Files: On the Inside of the NTSB mentioned that longer trains need pusher engines on the rear to get over hills. ahHA!

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  1. I watched that show. I love anything to do with tragedy or horrific accidents.

    I enjoy watching people who survived talk about Jesus and what a miracle it is while across the street some entire family is wiped out.
    I guess Jesus just didn’t like that family.

  2. The Crash Files: Inside The NTSB show on the Maryland train collision in 1996, when The Amtrak Capitol Limited train 29 and MARC train 286 collided. I was onboard train 29 (The Capitol Limited) when the trains collided. I was walking back to the sleeping car from the lounge car when the collision happened, the train came to a halt and I was thrown to the ground, breaking my arm when I hit the ground. I remember a loud bang and a flash of light. The bang and the flash was caused by a ruptured fuel line on the F40PH (the secondary engine). It happened when I was 10 years old, I have to admit it was exciting but 12 or 13 teen people died on the MARC train. I will keep traveling on Amtrak, it was one in a million that my train collided with another train.

  3. It’s cool to see such big heavy machines collide and break as if they were made of paper.

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