Danger Train Rays O’ Death

While it has stopped (or at least slowed its assault on) actively attacking pedestrians and vehicles that come near its path of terror, the Danger Train in downtown Houston has resorted to more subtle means, specifically “leaking” electric current from its rails. Apparently stray electricity can cause structural damage to other stuff buried in the ground, like pipes and stuff and apparently can even damage concrete foundations.

Houstonist: Study finds Metro’s leaky current worth watching

Steve Swinson, president and CEO of Thermal Energy Corp., which owns the pipes and is owned by nine TMC institutions, said that although he knows of no damage so far, stray current can cause major damage to metal objects such as pipes and reinforcing steel over time.The report does not detail what effects, if any, the current has had to date.

“I don’t think at this point we would be seeing damage,” Swinson said. “But we don’t know what it’s going to be the next day.


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