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May 15, 2015

That Positive Train Control Mechanism That Progs Keep Citing as Their Proof the Derailment Was Caused by Republicans...? It *Was* Installed on the Train, Just Not Turned On

It costs $15 billion in stimulus to turn something on or something.

The speed of the Amtrak train that crashed and killed at least eight people surged from 70mph to 106mph just seconds before it derailed, it has been revealed.


It has also been claimed that 'Positive Train Control' - used to slow the train down - was actually installed but wasn't turned on, leading to the fatalities and more than 200 injuries.

The agency are trying to figure out whether he increased the speed of the train manually

Bostian complained that the technology to stop accidents had been around for 80 years but was not widely installed - including on the curve where he crashed.

His lawyers have said he does not remember anything of the crash.


The Federal Communication Commission has spent $110million on the system, and are now trying to figure out why it hadn't been turned on.


Over the years Bostian made dozens of posts on industry website Trainorders.com that were linked to him by the New York Times. The forum confirmed he had made them.


NTSB board member Robert Sumwalt said it was unclear whether Bostian had manually increased the speed - but insisted he was the only one who could have done it.

However he doesn't think he did it deliberately. He said: 'If we thought that, we wouldn't be here, because that would be a criminal act.

'And we don't investigate criminal acts.'

Well, someone increased the train's speed from 70 mph to 107 mph, just in front of a deadly sharp curve.

It's not as if we've never seen someone deliberately crash a passenger vehicle. It just happened over France.

And If This All Wasn't Suspcious Enough Already... Weird thing -- the Positive Train Control was installed and was active -- on the other side of the curve.

That is, had this engineer been going north to south, he could not have derailed the train, as this PCT would have prevented him. (Assuming the PCT couldn't be disabled by a saboteur -- which I actually don't assume.)

If I understand this right, the only direction one could derail the train due to "human error" was in the south to north direction.

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