simonshack wrote:Dear Rusty,
As you may know (I didn't - but I just looked it up), the wooden cross pieces holding rails together are called 'ties' - or 'sleepers' :
So let me put it this way. How many ties (or sleepers) can you count in this image?
And how many ties (or sleepers) can you count in this other image?
Does this all add up for you - curvature-vs-dead-straightness and all? Thanks for your time!
I just have a couple of observations to make about this incident that you may or may not have noticed. Your interest in the imagery of the "reporter" (by the track) is not lost on me, and something doesn't set well with me either. But first, this image is a head scratcher for me.
I have to wonder if it's possible for a head on collision to result in the crumpling of the impacted train carts while leaving the ones behind them on the track. One would think the force would cause derailment of the train behind the "impact zone" (for lack of a creepier expression).
Again, that "reporter" image seems off to me, so I looked at it closer for something more objectively problematic than the curve which can be dismissed (properly or not) as perspective etc. Please observe, and feel free to set me straight if I'm missing something here. I don't claim to be an expert of image analysis, but these appear to be objectively inconsistent.
Then there is this: