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Re: Update: CSX train derailment

  • From: Charles Sprickman
  • Date: Fri Jul 20 22:21:13 2001

On 20 Jul 2001, Sean Donelan wrote:

> The Baltimore Sun has a graphic showing the re-routed fiber optic
> line.
>
> http://www.sunspot.net/news/local/bal-traingridlockmap.graphic

There's an archived story about the history of the tunnel:

http://www.sunspot.net/news/local/bal-traintunnel.story

This is an interesting note for those wondering how the cables were
physically snapped:

"The tunnel also has a second use. An MCI fiber-optic cable trunk line
suspended on the tunnel's west wall carries thousands of long-distance
phone calls."

It seems less than a derailment could cause some damage... I assume(???)
that it's in heavy conduit of some sort, but it seems even some
maintenance or other activities could snag something and cause a similar
outage...

Charles





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