Commuter trains slowed by searing heat

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Posted on June 26, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 26 at 10:35 PM

The intense summer heat can wreak havoc on train tracks.

Operators are always on alert for what's called a "sun kink," created when the heat causes the rail to shift.

Because of this phenomena, rail inspections increase in the summer, and trains travel more slowly as a precaution.

The Trinity Railway Express, which carries commuters between Fort Worth and Dallas,  told News 8 that it monitors both the rail and air temperatures. After it reaches a certain point, trains are restricted from traveling over 60 mph.

On normal days, the TRE can reach speeds of 80 mph.

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