The Causes Of Trainrailroad Accidents

Train/railroad accidents are different from regular vehicular accidents like cars, motorcycles or buses.

Unlike those other vehicles where you can take some precautions to avoid accidents, your life is mostly on the hands of the train operator during the entire ride.

The victims in a train accident though are not exclusively passengers. They could be:

Motorists Other vehicles like cars and motorcycles can be involved in a train collision in railroad crossings.
Pedestrians People waiting on a train stop or those near or crossing a railroad can also be struck by an out of control train.
Employees Railroad workers can also be victims in a railroad collision or any accident during train operations.

Since state laws are not really applicable to railroad employees and they cannot take advantage of workers compensation, they can sue the railroad company for damages through the Federal Employers Liability Act or FELA.

Aside from on the job accidents that injure or kill employees, there are two other common railroad accidents. These are:

Train Crashes

This could be single crashes where the train is removed from the tracks by force; it could be a collision between two trains on the same track; or it could be a collision with another vehicle like a car or with pedestrians.

The most common causes of Railroad crashes are:

Poor design of railroad crossing leading to limited operator vision
Failure to blow horns at required distances
Trains running beyond speed limits
Failure to trim plants and vegetations that obscure train paths
Malfunctioning crossing arms, warning bells and warning lights
Absence of crossing guards at dangerous intersections, especially at locations where there is a history of previous crashes

Toxic Exposure

Collisions and crashes are not the only danger that people should look out for in trains. Dangerous chemicals and other toxic materials could be transported through trains and a crash could expose not only the passengers, but the nearby communities as well.

It could lead to different types of illnesses that could affect the lungs, skin, heart and other internal organs.
Most often, these diseases need lifetime treatment.

The most common causes of toxic exposure after a train crash are:

Federal regulations violations
Poor design and maintenance of railroad tracks
Negligent acts of train operators and employees
Insufficient and poor training and supervision of railroad employees
Trains running in excessive speeds
Improper linking of train cars
Improper loading and storage of toxic and dangerous materials

Train/railroad accidents are usually fatal and leaves the victims with deep emotional distress and financial difficulties.

Those who survive the accidents are often left disabled so their ability to earn and help their families is also largely affected.

The best option would be to take action against those who are liable for the train accident and recover damages brought upon by the death or personal injury.

Consult with an expert train accident attorney for legal advice.

The Top 10 Model Train Shops in Illinois

For the past year I’ve been compiling a list of model train stores for my model railroading website. These shops all look like fantastic places to visit, but what are the most popular? Here is a list for the great state of Illinois.

The most popular model railroading shops (based on online chatter) in the state of Illinois are:

10. Ace Hobby Place in Chicago

9. Hammers Hobbies in Springfield

8. Woodstock Hobbies in Woodstock

7. B and G Train World in Elgin

6. Denny’s Trains and Things in Oswego

5. America’s Best Train Toy and Hobby Shop in Itasca

4. Prospect Bikes and Trains in Mount Prospect

3. Spring Hill Northern Train Supply in Richmond

2. Chicagoland Hobby in Chicago

…and the most popular shop for model trains in Illinois is…

1. First Hobby in Decatur

Hobby shops not quite making my top 10 were Al’s Hobby Shop in Elmhurst, Atomic Toy Company in Galena, Berywn’s Toy Trains and Models in Berwyn, Choo Choo Connection in Schaumburg, Des Plaines Hobbies in Des Plaines, Ed’s Hobby Warehouse in Palos Hills, Golden Spike Train Shop in Burbank, Grayslake Hobby World in Grayslake, Hands To Work Railroading in Alsip, Hauff Hobbies and Train Repair in Glenview, Hill’s Hobby & Collectors’ Shop in Buffalo Grove, Hobbies R 4 U in Bradley, Hobby City in Berwyn, K-10’s Model Trains in Maryville, LaGrange Hobby Center in La Grange, Leisure Hours Hobbies in Joliet, Mike’s Scale Rails in Peoria, Oakridge Hobbies and Toys in Downers Grove, Past-Time Hobbies in Brookfield, Pat’s Hobbies Oak Lawn, Pizza Express LGB Train Shop in Carterville, Rossville Depot Railroad Museum in Rossville, Royal Hobby Shop in Rockford, Sweetname Hardware and Model Train in Peoria, Thunder Road Hobbies in Moline, Tom Thumb Hobby and Crafts in Evanston, Trains and Toys of Yesterday in in Morton Grove, Venture Hobbies Wheeling, Wabash Junction in Springfield, and Walt’s Hobby Shop in Joliet.

Also in Illinois be sure to visit some of the great railroading museums including Chatham Railroad Museum in Chatham, Chicago Great Western Railway Depot Museum in Elizabeth, Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Kankakee Railroad Museum in Kankakee, Monticello Railway Museum in Monticello, Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, and Union Depot Railroad Museum in Mendota.

I compiled this list by searching for the hobby shops listed on a number of search engines and ranking them by the number of web pages, discussion forums, photos, videos, etc that are available online. I further screened this list to include only pages that mentioned model railroading.

Check out my complete list of Model Train Shops in Illinois at www.ModelTrainsWithLarry.com which has complete contact information for each shop including an address, phone number, and map to the store.

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Intermodal Freight Transportation

Intermodal freight transportation involves moving freight by using two or more modes of transportation. Typically, transportation modes include truck, railroad and steamship. Although transportation by air also is possible, the method is costly. Intermodal freight transportation positively influences our global economy by controlling the way we move our goods. Nevertheless, some factors need to be kept in consideration to avoid restricting the value of intermodal fright transportation.

A truck moves an empty container to the shipper. The shipper loads the container with goods. The truck transports the loaded container to port. At the port, the container is loaded onto the steamship, which is forwarded to the port of destination. The container is driven to the warehouse of the receiver shortly after being discharged at the port of destination.

Intermodal freight transportation gives you flexibility with how you want to move your freight. Additionally, you have the opportunity to be creative in finding the most efficient way to move your freight. Generally, this process involves at least two modes of transportation. The more efficiently you plan, the more money you will save.

Intermodal freight transportation may be costly depending on the number of modes of transportation. Some downfalls to intermodal freight transportation involve the high costs that are associated with moving freight by using several types of modes of transportation. Lack of communication and idle time of equipment will increase transportation costs. Similarly, equipment that moves from one location to another empty also adds to the costs.

A supply chain is defined as three or more organizations that are directly linked upstream or downstream in the flow of products or services as they move from the source to the customer. Intermodal freight transportation plays a major role in enabling organizations in a supply chain to respond to market changes by providing them with options. Organizations within a supply chain use intermodal freight transportation to cooperate and assist each other in maximizing profits. This cooperation is achieved by sharing information and communicating their needs to each other.

Ameriquest Transportation Services Takes A road Trip In New Video

PressRelease – The animated video reveals how the company’s roadside assistance and repair service reduces breakdown hassles while providing valuable data.

AmeriQuest Transportation Services is promoting its roadside assistance and repair service, Road Rescue, in a recently released, animated video that illustrates how the 24/7 breakdown service helps companies get their trucks back on the road and back on schedule quickly and efficiently.

By juxtaposing a fantasy situation where a driver’s truck breaks down in a paradise-like location with the reality that many breakdowns occur in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night, loaded with a shipment that needs to make it to a final destination, AmeriQuest is able to visibly show that it understands what fleets, and their drivers, frequently encounter. The video goes on to describe the many services that Road Rescue provides.

A single call from the customer is all that is needed to set the service in motion. The state-of-the-art call center is ready to respond to breakdown calls 24/7/365, and with thousands of service providers across North America, Road Rescue’s response time is excellent. No upfront costs and low event fees make the program affordable, and access to AmeriQuest’s national account pricing on parts and services enables fleets to save money on purchases and repairs. Plus, Road Rescue’s advanced data analytics platform provides customers with complete breakdown details in real time, allowing them to follow the event, step by step.

“We know that a breakdown is no laughing matter,” said Byron Lay, Director of AmeriQuest Road Rescue. “But we wanted to create an informational video that would engage customers and prospects while still making very clear all of the benefits customers derive when they sign with AmeriQuest Road Rescue. Our new data platform really sets us apart from many of our competitors by giving customers all of the information they need, not only the real-time information to track that single event, but also data analytics so they can go back and review causes to help prevent similar occurrences in the future.”

To view the video, visit .

About AmeriQuest Transportation Services
AmeriQuest Transportation Services, the fleet management division of AmeriQuest Business Services, Inc., is a leading provider of comprehensive fleet management services. By leveraging the strength of more than 700,000 vehicles, AmeriQuest delivers savings, expertise, and opportunities to its private fleet and truckload carrier members. AmeriQuest provides procurement, asset financing and remarketing, and outsourced transportation management services such as full service leasing, dedicated logistics, and contract maintenance. More information can be found at .

A propos de train Eurostar

Eurostar est un service passagers grande vitesse ferroviaire reliant Paris et Bruxelles avec le Royaume-Uni par Ashford International dans le Kent et la gare centrale de Londres gare, St Pancras International. Il a exploit son premier service entre Paris et Bruxelles en 1994 et aujourd’hui, ses services reliant fournir des liens vers plus de 100 destinations travers l’Europe. Le lien ferroviaire grande vitesse une traverse sous la Manche via le tunnel sous la Manche entre l’Angleterre et la France avec des trains circulant des vitesses allant jusqu’ 186 mph sur un rseau de mises jour lignes grande vitesse. Ces lignes disent avoir diminu les temps de parcours depuis les dbuts avec Londres-Paris en prenant seulement 2 heures 15 minutes, Londres-Bruxelles en 1 heure 51 minutes et Londres-Lille en aussi peu que 1 heure 20 minutes. Eurostar s’arrte Calais, Lille, Bruxelles, Paris et Disneyland Paris et a contribu doubler le montant des visiteurs de ces villes, mais elles oprent galement une initiative Tread Lightly environnement; un plan en 10 points qui vise rendre la grande vitesse ferroviaire encore plus verte. Eurostar vous fournir des services l’aise et vous pouvez visiter destinations les plus prises en Europe par Eurostar.