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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Rules is rules!!

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.

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.


clip_image001The 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. 

clip_image002The crew tried to explain to higher-ups … but were instructed not to move the train!

clip_image003AND RULES ARE RULES and must be followed as instructed “And here they were with the Rules” prohibiting them moving the train when a part is defective! 

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Sort of makes sense does not it?

But like any good boy scout is taught,

Don't let common sense get in the way of a good disaster!

RULES IS RULES!