NewsProTeam | Jun 19, 2021 | 0
Punched by the Earth: The 2014 Tiefencastel Landslide Derailment
The prepare concerned
RE 1136 from St Moritz to Chur was a regional passenger prepare supplied by the RhB, consisting of RhB Ge 4/4 III quantity 651 and 7 passenger automobiles. The RhB Ge 4/4 III is a four-axle slender gauge multipurpose electrical locomotive made by Adtranz and SLM particularly for the RhB. Launched in 1993 these locomotives weight 62 metric tons at 16m/52.6ft in size and might attain as much as 100kph/62mph because of an influence output of 3100kw/4160hp. Virtually all of the locomotives put on some type of promoting as their livery, both for the RhB itself or numerous native corporations. On the time of the accident locomotive quantity 651 wore a red-chrome livery promoting the Glacier Categorical.
The prepare consisted of 5 sequence II and IV passenger automobiles, every weighting 20 metric tons at 18.5m/61ft in size, a baggage/bycicle automobile (18 metric tons at 13.7m/45ft) and an older sequence I passenger automobile (18 metric tons at 14.9m/49ft). On the time of the accident the prepare carried 150 passengers together with the driving force and a conductor. The main passenger automobile was a sequence IV top quality passenger automobile providing 36 seats that had been launched in 1993.
In early August 2014 the Tiefencastel-area had seen quite a lot of rain, greater than traditional at the moment of the 12 months. Within the morning hours of the thirteenth of August the part of the Albula Railway between Tiefencastel and Thusis was examined on foot by a monitor keeper, who discovered no indicators of hazard or harm. At 11:45am the regional categorical 1133 from Chur to St. Moritz handed the later web site of the accident with out incident, the driving force later reported seeing nothing suspicious. Within the meantime the 54 years outdated driver had taken command of RE 1136 from St. Moritz to Chur and made it to Tiefencastel station with out incident. On the time the sky on the web site was overcast and lightweight rain had set in.
Leaving Tiefencastel station the prepare entered the valley of the Alora river, with the monitor winding alongside the wooded northern hillside. At 12:14pm the driving force, leaving the Mistail-Tunnel, spots a number of branches on the monitor. He triggers an emergency cease whereas travelling at 50kph/31mph, calculations say the prepare would’ve wanted 98m/321.5ft to cease. The prepare virtually stops because it runs into the branches, on the identical second the driving force spots soil on the hillside to his proper breaking free and shifting in direction of the prepare. He feels a sideways jolt because the prepare involves a cease, the identical second a brief circuit cuts energy to the prepare. The driving force follows the process to safe a locomotive in case of an influence outage earlier than searching the window to the rear of his prepare and spots a passenger automobile standing virtually at 90° to the monitor. This was the second automobile of the prepare, the main automobile has utterly separated from the prepare and has fallen down the hillside in direction of the river earlier than being stopped by some timber. The jolt the driving force had felt had been the landslide hitting the main automobile and tearing it out of the prepare, derailing each the rear axles of the locomotive and the second passenger automobile. The driving force is totally unhurt, however within the main automobiles of the prepare 16 individuals are injured, 8 of which severely.