Contrast the proper practice of the craft of running an intermodal train with what appears to be unfolding in the investigation of last week's fatal Talgo derailment in Spain.
[Engineer] Francisco Jose Garzon Amo was speaking to members of staff at the state-owned railway company, Renfe, they added.Turn to Rule 214.
Crash investigators had opened the train's "black-box" data recorder to find the cause of the crash, which left 79 people dead.
Moments before the accident the train was travelling at a speed of 192km/h (119mph), the court said in a statement.
Investigators say the brakes were activated shortly before the crash.
The speed limit on the sharp bend where the train derailed was set at 80km/h (49mph).
"Minutes before the train came off the tracks he received a call on his work phone to get indications on the route he had to take to get to Ferrol. From the content of the conversation and background noise it seems that the driver consulted a map or paper document," a court statement said.
Train orders must be read promptly upon receipt by those to whom they are addressed. Conductors must, when practicable, obtain an understanding of all train orders before they are acted upon.That noted, passengers are trusting the engineer to have sufficient route knowledge that he's made the proper brake application in advance of an approaching junction.