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    Question Rules is rules in Railroading

    I received this mail this morning from a friend in Transnet

    The Good news:
    It was a normal day in Sharon Springs, Kansas , 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 crew tried to explain this to Union Pacific higher-ups but were instructed not to move the train! They were informed that Rules prohibited moving the train when a part was found to be defective!

    REMEMBER, RULES IS RULES! (Don't ever let common sense get in the way of a good disaster ! )
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