FK 56-71

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The FK 56-71 (Dubbed the "Braker" by Montana Newspapers) was a large train engine operated by Arrowhead and Western. The train had the shortest run in the companies history, lasting only 2 weeks after an incident in Arcadia and another in Springwood.

History

Conception

The Braker was created after an increase in demand for a larger-capacity freight engine for Canifrina to be run by Arrowhead and Western. Design started in 2010 and lasted 3 years, with its first doomed run on the 15th of March 2013 (one of two) in Montana. The train was meant to be able to run for 23 years.

Incidents

15th of March

On the 15th of March, a group of some 100 spectators arrived below Port Junction to watch the Braker's first run. The train, headed for Springwood, left port at 09:35 with its brakes immediately freezing. By 09:45, after going through final checks, the train approached the junction. Although attempting to pull the brakes, the train continued at 50km/h and nearly immediately derailed upon hitting the turn. 37 people were immediately killed, including the driver, and 15 had been seriously injured with 2 passing later in hospital.

After the derailing, all 5 completed trains were once more inspected and once again there were no found issues according to a press release from A&W and a second trip was ordered, to depart from Springwood and arrive in Montana the next week.

21st of March

After 6 days of testing, a second train was ordered to depart from Springwood and arrive at Montana. Unlike the first attempt, the train was designated to leave extremely early in the morning to limit the number of spectators. Just 15 people stood along the tracks, a measly amount compared to the previous number of watchers. The train left Springwood Port at 00:20 and once again the brakes immediately froze. Once reaching its first bend the driver pulled the brakes "unsure of the safety of them", and as hypothesized, failed. The train derailed at a high speed and struck 2 civilians, killing them on impact. The driver survived the incident and was not arrested.

Aftermath

The train was immediately withdrawn from service and all completed engines were scrapped. An investigation found 2 inspectors and 3 designers negligent and all are currently serving in the Canifrina State Prison. In total, 41 people were killed because of the engines. A more extensive rule set to the design and use of train engines were soon implemented as a direct result of the incident and in 2015 Port Junction was extended to allow a more diverse speed allowance in the port.