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15 July 2022

Landslides triggered by exceptional rainfall in Australia

Recent heavy rainfall has triggered landslides in parts of eastern Australia, causing damage to railway lines and properties

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2 June 2021

The 1918 Getå landslide disaster in Sweden

On 1 October 1918 a train was derailed by a landslide at Getå in Sweden. The accident, and the subsequent fire, killed at least 42 people.

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30 March 2021

The resilience of rail infrastructure: reports from the Network Rail earthworks and weather advisory task forces

The resilience of rail infrastructure: reports from the Network Rail earthworks and weather advisory task forces

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25 August 2020

Initial information about the fatal landslide-induced train derailment at Carmont, Scotland

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has released factual information about the fatal landslide-induced train derailment at Carmont

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13 August 2020

Stonehaven: landslides on the UK railway network

Yesterday a rail accident near to Stonehaven in Scotland killed three people. There is speculation that it was caused by a landslide. This shines a light on the challenges of managing ageing earthworks on the UK rail system.

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6 March 2020

The landslide-induced TGV (high speed train) accident in France yesterday

Yesterday, a TGV (high speed train) travelling at 270 kmh struck a landslide between Strasburg and Vendenheim in the Bas-Rhin area of France, causing a serious derailment that injured 22 people.

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14 February 2020

Elkhorn City, Kentucky: a fiery train derailment by a landslide

On 13 February 2020 at about 7 am a train carrying ethanol was derailed by a landslide close to Elkhorn City in Pike County in Kentucky, USA

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2 September 2019

The landslide-induced train derailment at Lock Eilt in Scotland in January 2018

On 22nd January 2018 a train was derailed by a landslide at Loch Eilt in north-west Scotland. The RAIB report explains why the landslide was not retained by a catch fence installed at the location.

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10 July 2018

Tekirdag Province, Turkey: a geotechnical failure caused a derailment, killing 24 people

On Sunday a comparatively small geotechnical failure triggered a train derailment in Turkey, killing 24. The accident serves to illustrate the need for vigilance on earthworks on the railway network.

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16 June 2017

NTSB report: train collision with a landslide in Northfield, Vermont

In the USA, the NTSB has released a report into a major derailment at Northfield in Vermont, caused by a collision with a small rockslide

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1 January 2017

Tumpat-Kuala Lipis: A landslide induced train derailment in Malaysia

Yesterday heavy rainfall triggered nine landslides on the Tumpat-Kuala Lipis railway line in Malaysia, one of which derailed a train

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28 January 2015

Writing cross-country with the Amtrak Residency Program

Taking a train ride soon? No matter your destination, Amtrak is encouraging people to get their creative writing juices flowing and… well, write while on the train!

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