Amtrak Engine That Derailed Included New Crash Safety Engineering

Though the engine — which operates at the front of the train — was new, the passenger cars were likely part of an older fleet built in the 1970s, said Dan Schned, a senior planner at the New York-area Regional Plan Association and manager of the Northeast Alliance for Rail. “There might’ve been some upgrades, but I do know those Amfleet cars are up to 40 years old and have up to millions of miles on them, on average,” Schned said.

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