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Odakyu train feels the burn

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Fire from burning trackside building near Sangubashi station spreads to roof of Odakyu train. No injuries but considerable inconvenience to commuters. Video here: http://news.tbs.co.jp/newseye/tbs_newseye3153294.html

 

Picture: https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20170910-00000062-jijp-soci.view-000

 

Another picture: https://www.jiji.com/jc/article?g=soc&k=2017091000340&p=0170910at62&rel=pv

 

Note that Japanese media links generally expire after a few days so don't complain if there's nothing to see.

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Yikes! I've never seen the top of a metal bodied commuter train burn like that before.... 

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Maybe debris from the burning building, combined with aluminium/plastic/various composite materials on the roof? Must have been unlucky timing because a burning building next to the tracks would trigger a complete shutdown of the line.

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Suica   

I just wonder, why? Even if the train is waiting at a red signal, isn't there a way to quickly move it out of the danger zone in case of such an emergency? It's basically in the way of firefighting operations as well.

I'm pretty sure Odakyu too has an operations center and the driver could request emergency clearance to move the train.

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5 hours ago, railsquid said:

Maybe debris from the burning building, combined with aluminium/plastic/various composite materials on the roof? Must have been unlucky timing because a burning building next to the tracks would trigger a complete shutdown of the line.

 

I remember it was (I think) early 2014 when a pachinko parlor right next to the Tokaido Main Line in Tokyo burned down, forcing a closure of the line and the Tokaido Shinkansen line next to it.

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Looks like the train was in harms way because the police killed the power with emergency stop button at a grade crossing.  

 

"According to the police, policemen who rushed to the scene at the time pressed the emergency stop button set at a nearby railroad crossing at the request of firefight at that time, the automatic brakes were applied to the train, just putting it at the fire site It means that it took an emergency stop where it took. "
 

 

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20170910/k10011134411000.html?utm_int=news_contents_news-main_001&nnw_opt=news-main_b

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gmat   

The video link provided by Railsquid is already dead.

I googled 炎が上がる建物と車両 on videos and found other reports.

I posted the link above but don't know how to add comments after I put on it on the page.

Grant

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That's quite a large fire... and it doesn't seem like the car with the pantograph either...

 

Good that the police asked the guys to exit from the doors and the ladies to use the ramps ~

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Jcarlton   

Do police and fire in Japan get training in how to deal with incidents near the railroad?  The police officer should never have pushed that button.  He should have called the dispatcher's office and requested a shut down. 

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Kiha66   

I know many US level crossings now have phone numbers to call the controllers of said line, along with a number to identify the location of the crossing.  Is this also common in Japan?

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3 hours ago, Jcarlton said:

Do police and fire in Japan get training in how to deal with incidents near the railroad?  The police officer should never have pushed that button.  He should have called the dispatcher's office and requested a shut down. 

 

Anyone can push the button.  

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