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Subway derails at Kennedy

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http://www.thestar.com/News/GTA/article/300207

Feb 04, 2008 06:12 AM
JACKSON HAYES
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Shuttle buses are running between the Kennedy and Warden subway stations today after a derailment early this morning.

Just after 1 a.m., police and the fire department were advised that the last car of a subway train leaving Kennedy station had left the track, Toronto police Staff Sgt. Robert Skinner said.

There were no reports of injuries in the accident, and it’s believed a gearbox malfunction was to blame for the mishap.

Toronto Transit Commission officials told police it might take a couple of days to clear the track, as the derailment occurred inside the subway tunnel.

There was no word on how fast the train was moving when the incident occurred.

TTC officials were not immediately available for comment.
 

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http://www.thestar.com/News/GTA/article/300207

Feb 04, 2008 06:12 AM
JACKSON HAYES
STAFF REPORTER
Shuttle buses are running between the Kennedy and Warden subway stations today after a derailment early this morning.

Just after 1 a.m., police and the fire department were advised that the last car of a subway train leaving Kennedy station had left the track, Toronto police Staff Sgt. Robert Skinner said.

There were no reports of injuries in the accident, and it’s believed a gearbox malfunction was to blame for the mishap.

Toronto Transit Commission officials told police it might take a couple of days to clear the track, as the derailment occurred inside the subway tunnel.

There was no word on how fast the train was moving when the incident occurred.

TTC officials were not immediately available for comment.

//TTC knows that there are fatigue cracks developing in the traction motor suspensions on the Bombardier cars and the failure in that part will cause a traction motor to drop and derail the car. This is the first event. Others will follow unless TTC takes these cars out of service until they are fixed.?//

If TTC has to pull the T1's from service, it going to be hell using the subway all day long.
 

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my friend said it was not bad, the express buses were super frequent....
 

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not bad as in 1/2 hr late for monday and tuesday. at least its better than normal disruptions where theres nobody to tell you anything and you have to figure out where the shuttle is on your own.
 

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my friend said it was not bad, the express buses were super frequent....

And super empty. Honestly I rode northbound this morning after 9:00 with only 5 people, passing 8 southbounds with a grand total of three riders collectively within them.
 

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Subway derailment sparks parts redesign
Tess Kalinowski
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Feb 13, 2008 04:30 AM


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The TTC is replacing two of the parts on its entire fleet of 126 H6 subway cars following last week's train derailment near Kennedy station.

A safety pin has been redesigned and a heavy metal link – both of which failed on the derailed car – will be replaced across the H6 fleet within the next four months. The H6 represents less than one-third of all subway cars in the TTC fleet.

The move follows an accident investigation that showed the failure of the link allowed the car's torque arm to push down on the safety pin, loosening it, so that the arm fell and dragged along the track bed, derailing the train.

The entire H6 fleet, which undergoes regular monthly inspections, was reinspected following the accident and no problems were found, said TTC chair Adam Giambrone.

The parts replacement is precautionary and doesn't indicate any systemic concern or any threat to public safety on the subway, he said.

But "clearly, two individual systems failed and this shouldn't have happened," he said. "We'll continue to try to figure out why they both occurred at exactly the same time."

None of the six people on the train, including two crew members, was injured when the last car lifted off the track west of Kennedy station. The derailment occurred Feb. 1 as the train was heading west on its last run, around 1 a.m.

"These aren't derailments where the whole train falls over. The speeds are lower because they're going through switches. And they don't fall off the track. One of the wheels comes off the track; that causes some damage to the tunnels, and people are not injured," Giambrone explained.

In 1995, an axle broke, derailing an almost new H6 subway car near Finch station. No one was hurt in that accident, either, Giambrone said. The broken axle was called a fluke at the time. The TTC would have been more concerned about last week's derailment had it been unable to find a cause.

"We found what it is and that allows us to deal with it," he said.

Had there been serious questions about the reason the car derailed, the TTC would have called on the American Public Transit Association to help it investigate, Giambrone said.

The H6 cars aren't made any more. Built in Thunder Bay, they are about halfway through their anticipated 30-year lifespan and have proved extremely reliable overall, say TTC officials.

There are fewer than 100 of the TTC's oldest H5 cars in service. Its newest, some 372 T1 cars, were purchased from Bombardier in 1991. Delivery of another new generation of subway cars will begin next year.
 

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It took until noon the next day to get it fixed,
trains are still annoyingly :mad: running slow through the spot where the derailment happpened, looks like some work is still being done
 

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