hand brake :
- n a brake operated by hand; usually operates by mechanical linkage
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- Quebec crash probe to transform rail sector, official says
By Richard Valdmanis and Phil Wahba LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (Reuters) - The train derailment that demolished the heart of a small Canadian town last weekend will likely spur tougher regulations for rail-car hand brakes, tanker cars and possibly train crew size, according to one of the lead investigators of the crash. "I am confident that this will be an investigation that changes the industry ...
July 12, 2013 - Reuters via Yahoo! News
- Runaway train in Quebec spotlights Wild West-ara brakes
Canada’s worst rail disaster since 1910 highlights a risk that has dogged railroads for more than a century: brake failures on runaway trains, Bloomberg News reports. Rail safety consultants say securing two types of brakes -- air and hand -- would have averted the wreck in Quebec that killed as many as 50 people. An engineer failed to properly set the hand brakes on the Montreal, Maine ...
July 11, 2013 - The Oklahoman
- Canada train derailment puts brakes in spotlight
The deadly derailment of an oil tanker train in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, over the weekend has raised questions over how the unmanned 73-car train rolled away from where it had been stopped. The head of the train's railway company on Wednesday blamed the accident on an employee who he said had failed to properly set its hand brakes.
July 10, 2013 - Boston Globe