Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Rules - Ahh yes, the rules

This is the way bureaucracy works---and why I retired!!!!!!

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.


The Good News;
The crew tried to explain to higher-ups but were instructed not to move the train!


The Bad News;
They were instructed “The Rules” prohibit moving the train when a part is defective!



Thanks Richard

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