Amtrak #7 Derailment near Shelby, MT. 9/25/21.

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Amtrak #7 Derailment near Shelby, MT. 9/25/21.

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I'm seeing reports on Facebook that the Empire Builder, train #7, just derailed a little while ago near Shelby, MT.
https://www.facebook.com/ted.curphey/po ... 4174061608

I can only find old articles of train #7 derailing at this moment.
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Re: Amtrak #7 Derailment near Shelby, MT. 9/25/21.

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Here's an update:
https://www.kxly.com/amtrak-train-derailed-in-montana/

It happened between the Havre and Shelby stops.
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Re: Amtrak #7 Derailment near Shelby, MT. 9/25/21.

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Re: Amtrak #7 Derailment near Shelby, MT. 9/25/21.

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An aerial drone view shows it occurred at or near a switch.
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Re: Amtrak #7 Derailment near Shelby, MT. 9/25/21.

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I feel like the switch was reversed when it derailed, but the engines and the first 3 cars didn't jump the tracks which it would had the switch been reversed.
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Re: Amtrak #7 Derailment near Shelby, MT. 9/25/21.

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It seems the derailment occurred prior to reaching the switch.
The NTSB initial statement indicated no obvious cause.

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Re: Amtrak #7 Derailment near Shelby, MT. 9/25/21.

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DaveO wrote:
Tue Sep 28, 2021 7:04 pm
It seems the derailment occurred prior to reaching the switch.
The NTSB initial statement indicated no obvious cause.
I agree, the fact that the rear overturned cars were still well short of the turnout indicates that the turnout was not the cause, and it was in fact on the ground, starting around the 3rd or 4th car, first. The car on the switch only looks like it picked it because it was already on the ground.
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Re: Amtrak #7 Derailment near Shelby, MT. 9/25/21.

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"One couple said they were experiencing a very rough ride," Anderson said, adding that the Michigan couple travels Amtrak a couple of times a year to see their son in Seattle, the train's final destination.

"They were noticing that it wasn't a very smooth ride."
From a Yahoo news article https://search.yahoo.com/search?p=amtra ... UTF-8&fp=1

Sadly, I also read this morning there was a couple celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary that had perished. One possibility is a problem with the tracks, perhaps from heat-induced buckling, railroad crash experts speculate.
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