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Train Wreck: The Forensics of Rail Disasters
George Bibel
Johns Hopkins U Press
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2012-10-08 15:41:54
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Train Wreck

The Forensics of Rail Disasters

By George Bibel.

Cloth with dust jacket, 9x7 in, 376 pages, 19 halftones, 101 line drawings. 2012.

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"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 17 crashes 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

"George Bibel is a professor in the School of Engineering and Mines at the University of North Dakota and author of Beyond the Black Box: The Forensics of Airplane Crashes."