The Forensics of Rail DisastersBook - 2012
Turning to science and eyewitness accounts, Bibel (engineering, U. of North Dakota) examines the reasons trains crash, what happens when they do, and what safety improvements have been implemented from these railroad disasters. Detailing seventeen crashes with more than two hundred casualties, these intriguing tales of science and tragedy explore runaway trains, bearing failures, metal fatigue, crash testing, collision dynamics, and bad rails. The book contains illustrations, an epilogue about safety in the modern era, and extensive notes and is intended for general readers and those interested in engineering. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Johns Hopkins University Press
Trains are massive—with some weighing 15,000 tons or more. When these metal monsters collide or go off the rails, their destructive power becomes clear. In this book, George Bibel presents riveting tales of trains gone wrong, the detective work of finding out why, and the safety improvements that were born of tragedy.
Train Wreck details numerous crashes, including 17 in which more than 200 people were killed. Readers follow investigators as they sift through the rubble and work with computerized event recorders to figure out what happened. Using a mix of eyewitness accounts and scientific explanations, Bibel draws us into a world of forensics and human drama.
Train Wreck is a fascinating exploration of
• runaway trains
• bearing failures
• metal fatigue
• crash testing
• collision dynamics
• bad rails