Update: CSX train derailment

Charles Sprickman spork at inch.com
Sat Jul 21 02:16:34 UTC 2001

On 20 Jul 2001, Sean Donelan wrote:

> The Baltimore Sun has a graphic showing the re-routed fiber optic
> line.
> http://www.sunspot.net/news/local/bal-traingridlockmap.graphic

There's an archived story about the history of the tunnel:


This is an interesting note for those wondering how the cables were
physically snapped:

"The tunnel also has a second use. An MCI fiber-optic cable trunk line
suspended on the tunnel's west wall carries thousands of long-distance
phone calls."

It seems less than a derailment could cause some damage... I assume(???)
that it's in heavy conduit of some sort, but it seems even some
maintenance or other activities could snag something and cause a similar


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