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
Biker Rom-Com Prison gave me a new outlook on life. After my release, I moved to a tiny West Virginia town, joined the Rawkfist Motorcycle Club, and met the most beautiful woman I've ever seen. Now I have a shot to make Poppy mine. Will I screw things up? Oh, no doubt, but Poppy and I click in all the right ways. No other woman makes my heart beat as fast or my dick get as hard as the blonde snark machine of my dreams. Train Wreck contains graphic sexual content, violent situations, and harsh language. The book is only appropriate for adult readers age 18+.
Presents the life of the celebrity model, describing her rise to fame as a Playboy Playmate of the Year, her controversial marriage to a Texas billionaire sixty years her senior, her legal fight to inherit his estate, and the loss of her son, five monthsbefore her own tragic death at thirty-nine.
Author: David Ray Smith
Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc
Release Date: 2013-02-09
Troop train wreck that occurred July 6, 1944 in the Jellico Narrows. One of the 25 worst train wrecks in the nation. Young soldiers were just going to war when the awful wreck killed 34 and injured over 100 of the new recruits
Author: Kevin H. Clark
Publisher: Advantage Media Group
Release Date: 2011-10
Genre: Business & Economics
We tend to think of dominos as standing the tiles on end and then tipping the first one over, toppling into the second, which falls into the third until finally all the dominoes have fallen. In 2008 the first of many financial dominos began falling. Many were worried and looked to Washington for leadership. Instead, we saw only politics-as-usual. But as 2009 and 2010 unfolded, it became too benign to suggest our stricken economy was simply toppled dominos. It was more accurate to describe our condition as an economic “train wreck.” The financial chaos as a result of the crisis was heightened by an extraordinary government intervention to triage the shattered economy. Many feared, with justification, that we may be teetering on the brink of this generation's Great Depression. The near-death experience the U.S. economy has suffered forced Americans to turn inward and question our leaders. Our worries have multiplied. Our free market system and ultimately the “American Dream” itself now seem more vulnerable than ever. More importantly, we doubt ourselves and our leaders and long for our life-before. This is a book that chronicles the unfolding disaster of our nation's financial “train wreck.” For two crucial years, Kevin Clark had broadcast financial analysis that became a play-by-play of the economic collapse. Now, with hindsight, he revisits recent history and brings what he calls a “Main Street” perspective of this most critical moment in the modern life of America.
Author: Eric G. Wilson
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
Release Date: 2012-02-14
Genre: Social Science
Why can't we look away? Whether we admit it or not, we're fascinated by evil. Dark fantasies, morbid curiosities, Schadenfreude: As conventional wisdom has it, these are the symptoms of our wicked side, and we succumb to them at our own peril. But we're still compelled to look whenever we pass a grisly accident on the highway, and there's no slaking our thirst for gory entertainments like horror movies and police procedurals. What makes these spectacles so irresistible? In Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck, the scholar Eric G. Wilson sets out to discover the source of our attraction to the caustic, drawing on the findings of biologists, sociologists, psychologists, anthropologists, philosophers, theologians, and artists. A professor of English literature and a lifelong student of the macabre, Wilson believes there's something nourishing in darkness. "To repress death is to lose the feeling of life," he writes. "A closeness to death discloses our most fertile energies." His examples are legion, and startling in their diversity. Citing everything from elephant graveyards and Susan Sontag's On Photography to the Tiger Woods sex scandal and Steel Magnolias, Wilson finds heartening truths wherever he confronts death. In Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck, the perverse is never far from the sublime. The result is a powerful and delightfully provocative defense of what it means to be human—for better and for worse.
In 1866, train wrecks were common - people were killed. What happened to the survivors? What if the survivor was an 11-year-old boy whose family was killed! All his family? Train Wreck, A Boy's Journey, begins in 1866 during the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. Timmy suddenly finds himself dropped in the midst of 4000 men working on the greatest human endeavor the US had ever seen. Timmy meets many historical figures, including Brigadier General Jack Casement, the Union Pacific's tyrannical construction boss, Brigham Young, Mark Twain, House of Representative Schuyler Colfax and Collis and Henry Huntington. Bob Brady, an ex-Harvard history professor, as well as foremen, architects, hunters, printers and drunks supply a lively, rich backdrop for Timmy's journey. As his past unravels, it supplies his uncertain future with challenges during this exciting time in our country's history. Formatted in large, easy to read type for your enjoyment. 356 pgs. including bibliography
On December 18, 1867, the Buffalo and Erie Railroad’s eastbound New York Express derailed as it approached the high truss bridge over Big Sister Creek, just east of the small settlement of Angola, New York, on the shores of Lake Erie. The last two cars of the express train were pitched completely off the tracks and plummeted into the creek bed below. When they struck bottom, one of the wrecked cars was immediately engulfed in flames as the heating stoves in the coach spilled out coals and ignited its wooden timbers. The other car was badly smashed. About fifty people died at the bottom of the gorge or shortly thereafter, and dozens more were injured. Rescuers from the small rural community responded with haste, but there was almost nothing they could do but listen to the cries of the dying—and carry away the dead and injured thrown clear of the fiery wreck. The next day and in the weeks that followed, newspapers across the country carried news of the “Angola Horror,” one of the deadliest railway accidents to that point in U.S. history. In a dramatic historical narrative, Charity Vogel tells the gripping, true-to-life story of the wreck and the characters involved in the tragic accident. Her tale weaves together the stories of the people—some unknown; others soon to be famous—caught up in the disaster, the facts of the New York Express’s fateful run, the fiery scenes in the creek ravine, and the subsequent legal, legislative, and journalistic search for answers to the question: what had happened at Angola, and why? The Angola Horror is a classic story of disaster and its aftermath, in which events coincide to produce horrific consequences and people are forced to respond to experiences that test the limits of their endurance. Vogel sets the Angola Horror against a broader context of the developing technology of railroads, the culture of the nation’s print media, the public policy legislation of the post–Civil War era, and, finally, the culture of death and mourning in the Victorian period. The Angola Horror sheds light on the psyche of the American nation. The fatal wreck of an express train nine years later, during a similar bridge crossing in Ashtabula, Ohio, serves as a chilling coda to the story.
Author: Don McIver
Release Date: 2013-02-16
In 1857 a Toronto-to-Hamilton train crashed on the Desjardins Canal bridge. Sixty people died, making it one of the worst railway disasters in North America. These are the stories of those associated with the bridge's construction and those who perished in the accident, capturing the ebullient economic confidence of pre-Confederation Canada.
Author: Tina Gephart
Release Date: 2017-06-28
"No passion, no emotion, no originality--a train wreck of epic portions."Those were the words to describe Eve Thorton's exhibition. Not even a fine arts degree from Yale or her daddy's bank account could save her from the scathing reviews. And failure was a word Eve would never be comfortable with. Not even close.Plotting the demise of every critic who'd written her off was her first instinct. But that would come later. Instead, she would show them that she wasn't a bored socialite with more money than talent.She would prove everyone wrong, and she wasn't afraid to get her hands dirty. But when her journey for redemption crashed headfirst into Josh Logan, the sexy, talented tattooist from Queens, getting her hands dirty took on a whole new meaning.Josh was everything Eve wasn't, translating on skin what she couldn't onto her canvas. All she had to do was convince him to share his jaw-dropping brilliance, and help her--seeing him naked--a bonus. Then she could go back to her regular life, vindicated.It should have been easy. Pity her plans had a habit of derailing.