September 17th, 2007


Frame Straightening

I was reading about Link Light Rail on the Sound Transit website and found that the Operations and Maintenance building will have "a body shop with frame straightening equipment" and wondered how in the world they'd need one of those. (A frame straightener is a concrete slab with steel slots in it that you use to bend the train or large truck's frame straight again.) Surely the trains won't hit anything big enough to bend the frame!

Then I saw this video, I guess people are dumb enough to turn in front of the train often enough that eventually it would be out of true.

Also, there's a few Link Light Rail-related events! Tomorrow is the Downtown Transit Tunnel: Press Conference and Public Tours from 11:30 to 1:30 where you'll get to walk in the tunnels without a major emergency (or tresspassing). Thursday is the Beacon Hill Neighborhood Construction Meeting and Tour where you get to run around on the construction site. Monday Next week is the Downtown Transit Tunnel Street Fair and Celebration where the tunnel reopens!

Still, nearly two more years of construction before Link Light Rail actually starts running. Lame!