Jul 14 2009
Rules are Rules…..Railroad Style…..
The Good news: It was a normal day in Sharon Springs , KS
when a Union Pacific crew boarded a loaded coal train
for the long trek to Salina .
The Bad news: Just a few miles into the trip a wheel bearing became
overheated and melted, letting a metal support drop down and grind on the rail,
creating white hot molten metal droppings spewing down to the rail.
The Good news: A very alert crew noticed smoke about halfway back in the train
and immediately stopped the train in compliance with the rules.
The Bad news: The train stopped with the hot wheel over a wooden bridge
with creosote ties and trusses.
(In defense of the crew, according to Sixgun Jr., the crew tried to
‘splain to higher-ups, but were instructed not to move the damn train!)
RULES IS RULES!
(But, don’t let common sense get in the way of a good disaster!)