Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Santiago train crash 3

The Spanish President, Sr Rajoy, has announced 5 days of mourning.

This had to be done, of course, and there's nothing cynical about it. But it will certainly remove the issue of his alleged corruption from the limelight and probably take the wind out of the sails of his Opposition critics. Will we now have next week's appearance of Rajoy in Parliament to answer the accusations or will it (conveniently) be postponed until the end of August? It's an ill wind . . .

Incidentally, I'm intrigued as to why Ferrol is called El Ferrol in the British media. Its official name since 1982 has been just Ferrol. Old maps?

1 comment:

Perry said...

Colin,

Sad news indeed. One of my interests is railways & sometime ago you alerted me to the Linea de Alta Velocidad between Ourense & Santiago. As a result I scouted the route using Streetview to look at the construction of the line. One of the few 2011 images that I looked at was the junction between Rúa de Mouronzon/Rúa do Camiño Real de Angrois; so when I looked at the BBC report, I immediately recognised the site of the crash. The new line follows the tight curve of the existing local railway & Streetview reveals the topography of the area.

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&q=R%C3%BAa+do+Cami%C3%B1o+Real+de+Angrois+santiago&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0xd2efe2cc70ee7ab:0x67be25341a92abe4,R%C3%BAa+do+Cami%C3%B1o+Real+de+Angrois,+Santiago+de+Compostela,+A+Coru%C3%B1a,+Spain&gl=uk&ei=aPHwUbTKKqmc0QWsjoFQ&ved=0CC8Q8gEwAA

The Wikipedia entry states "The particular bend where the accident happened is the first curve reached after an 80 km (50 mi) stretch of high speed track which is limited to 200 km/h (120 mph) by a Santiago-bound high speed train coming from Ourense. The high speed track has ERTMS-compliant signalling, but the bend is an upgraded conventional track shared with low-speed trains, and only has the older ASFA signalling system." That statement is not strictly accurate. The original single track is not electrified & is aligned on a separate formation. The new electrified double track is on its own formation, though I cannot see any super-elevation of the outside rails, which would ease the trains through the curve. There should be a "black box" recorder on board.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santiago_de_Compostela_derailment

Cordially,

Perry

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