Posted by Dana M. on November 24, 2018 
Interesting photo Mr. Farence! I wonder if the damage to the locomotive will give Amtrak a second look at the Siemens-built locomotives. That damage, to me, looks far too critical of an impact to protect the crew should they strike something more substantial than a farm tractor! If the train had collided with a semi truck (18-wheeler), I think the damage would be rather extensive, and the crew part of the fatality count. That's just my opinion, but if a farm tractor can do that kind of damage, I would hate to see something far more "heavier" hit these Siemens locomotives.
Posted by wi joe on November 24, 2018 
Not good. Sad.
Posted by Patrick Slayton on November 24, 2018 
Dana, I don't believe that you appreciate the size of the tractor involved, see That said, it does appear that crew protection could be better. Patrick
Posted by FSWood on November 24, 2018 
The question is, at what train speed did 381 hit the tractor? Looking at Amtrak's own track-your-train page right now at 7:40 pm for several Illinois trains: train 393 is moving at 60mph; 305 is moving 80mph; 382 is moving 79mph; 383 is moving 32mph; 307 is moving at 68mph; you hit any size tractor at interstate highway velocity and even an army tank (which admittedly is not likely to do 70mph) is going to take damage. And some tractors these days weigh multiple tons.
Posted by J. Randall Banks on November 24, 2018 
Having lived in mid Michigan for over 30 years, I've seen my fair share of truck vs. train accidents. While I don't entirely disagree with you, the P40s, while not getting as serious damage, protect the engineers a bit more. However, that said, I can see that they may have a glaring problem. The visibility from the P40s seems limited, and the windows only offer complete protection at lower speed accidents with trains, while not offering a great view at what's in front of the train. The Siemens seems to have very good safety glass, so maybe strengthening the structure under the windows and lights could offer protection. I'm no engineer, but it seems that having glass so low in front makes that less safe than if there was metal right below the cab, instead of curved glass, maybe have metal under the windows with strong metal there, instead of glass and have the glass with the information either below that, between the lights, or even at the very top.
Posted by John Westfield on November 26, 2018 
Only a matter of time until this would happen. Well, it doesn't look that bad. Sure hope the engineer didn't get glass in his face.
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