Category Archives: Safety Incidents

Two Year Anniversary of the deaths of Jeff Garrard & Sung Oh

[I meant to post this on January 26.  Somehow it was left as a “draft” and not posted.]: Today, January 26, 2012, is the two year anniversary of the completely avoidable and incredibly tragic accident that killed my former coworkers … Continue reading

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Metro Admits Liability for June 22, 2009 Wreck

I’m glad to see that after over 2 1/2 years Metro has finally done the right thing and admitted liability for the June 22, 2009 wreck — even if it was for legal expediency. It is unclear to me why … Continue reading

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Broken Rail

One of the most common problems automatic train control (ATC) techs face is a ‘down track circuit(s)’.  That is, a track circuit that is showing false occupancy — it looks like there is a train in that section of track … Continue reading

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Sleepy

“Sleepy” was our nickname for a guy who was on Midnight shift at Shady Grove Yard (A99). You could hear sleepy approach before you ever saw him.  He was so tired he couldn’t lift his feet to walk.  He would … Continue reading

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Trains to stay in manual mode for several years

According to this Washington Examiner article, Metro plans to have the train operators run in manual mode (often referred to as “mode 2, level 1”) for the foreseeable future. I don’t even play an Automatic Train Control (ATC) engineer on … Continue reading

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Three (3) red signals passed in one day, in one train yard

[The following is an email exchange I had with a coworker last year.  Names have been changed.  “A99” is Shady Grove Yard]: The tower called this afternoon and reported switches 63 and 77 out of correspondence. Sam went to the … Continue reading

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Two more Metro train operators ran through red signals

Well, what do you know —  two more operators ran red signals recently.  As I said in my previous post about this topic — contrary to the statement by Metro’s chief safety officer (“…red signal overruns [are] a “very rare” … Continue reading

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