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The Story on Amtrak Cascades Train 501 Derailment

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Account of the recent crash of the Amtrak Cascades, by the Transit Sleuth who was on board at the time.

Transit Sleuth

First off, yes, I was aboard the Amtrak Train 501 in car 2, seat 4c. I had just sat down after having a breakfast burrito and speaking with several people in the bistro car. I spoke with the bistro attendant and her trainee that was with her. We talked about how great train travel is, how much better it is than flying, and we spoke with a passenger named Scott Claggett.

It was the first time Scott was taking the train on this route, which of course also the first time for everybody at this hour! He usually had to fly and he was euphoric (as were most of us) at how easy and how much more comfortable it is. We discussed what I was up to, how I had my bike aboard and was bound for Portland to meet up with some friends, ride around the city, enjoy some…

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Written by Stephen Rees

December 24, 2017 at 2:46 pm

Posted in Transportation

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