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Boiler explosions - even in older devices/industry/locomotives - have dramatically reduced over time, in part due to new safety developments and inspections. It's been over 25 years since the last one in a locomotive: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_boiler_explosions Based on that, yes, it can happen, but it's incredibly rare and can be about as ...


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I can't really comment on many specifics for the US, but I can comment in general on a few points of concern with heritage trains: Crashworthiness I don't know about the specific regulations in the US, and I haven't been able to find anything specific, but certainly globally most heritage/preserved/museum railways would generally be running at reduced speeds ...


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I'm making the assumption here that this is for today. The 1804 train is cancelled (see "Cancelled from WTT today 14th May 2021 only" on the left). Unfortunately GWR have had serious issues with their fleet this past week, and while some trains are now back in service, many services are still altered or cancelled as they still have significantly ...


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SAFE - because of a wave of new Federal regulations In 1999 the Federal Railroad Administration massively rewrote the steam locomotive rules (49 CFR 230). For instance: Historically, every time a new boiler was designed, the builder had to file a document called "Form No. 4". This documented every aspect of boiler design, and its safe operating ...


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It depends on the fare type. If this is an "Advance" ticket - an inflexible ticket which requires you to travel on a specific train - then this is not, in theory, valid. There is, of course, the possibility of station staff taking pity on you, but it's not something you should rely on. If, on the other hand, you're buying flexible tickets - (Super) ...


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TLDR: change your flight to BWI and take Amtrak. Dulles is a bad choice for you. Generally, people pick Dulles for one of two reasons: a) it's the "well-known, household name" DC airport... or b) it is actually the best choice for Charlottesville if you are renting a car and driving. Travel agents who don't know Charlottesville can be forgiven for ...


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